Wednesday, March 11, 2009

~SeCoNd PoStInG~

(Huffaker, D. (2005). The educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom. AACE Journal, 13(2), 91-98)
Weblogs are an excellent way to fuse educational technology and storytelling inside the classroom and beyond school walls. Because their format is similar to a personal diary, where recounting tales and autobiographical events is prevalent, blogs provide an arena where self-expression and creativity is encouraged. Its linkages to other bloggers establish the same peer-group relationships found in nonvirtual worlds. Its “underdetermined” design, where a system is engaging, yet intuitive and easy to learn(Cassell, 2002), makes it equitable for many age groups and both genders, and simple for teachers to implement. Being situated within the Internet allows bloggers to access their blogs anywhere and anytime an Internet connection is available, an opportunity for learning to continue outside the classroom. Blogs are both individualistic and collaborative. Blogs promote self expression,a place where the author can develop highly personalized content. Yet blogs connect with an online community—bloggers cancomment and give feedback to other bloggers, and they can link to fellow bloggers, creating an interwoven, dynamic organization. In the classroom, students can have a personal space to read and write alongside a communal one, where ideas are shared, questions are asked and answered, and social cohesion is developed.

Blogs can be multidisciplinary. Because reading and writing can be used in a variety of academic contexts, blogs are fungible across disciplines. Storytelling should not be relegated to language arts alone—students can express their perceptions on any number of subjects. A science class, for instance, can give rise to an exchange of lessons learned after a scientific experiment. A discussion of fundamental concepts in mathematics could help students understand the logic behind the formula. Nonfictional stories can help students situate themselves in a particular historical or humanities context. A global blog could truly introduce students to international culture or politics. In short, any discipline can use blogs to approach a style of meta-learning, where concepts or contexts are discussed and articulated in both a personalized and group exchange, and ideas are built on previous educational content.

From the article, it proves that blog is very helpful in assisting the process of language learning. It is due to certain factors such highlighted in the article. We can conclude from the article that blog serves an environment that encourages the process of learning.

It states that blog is suitable for learning purposes and that include language learning. According to the article, blog is suitable because their format is similar to a personal diary; blogs provide an arena where self-expression and creativity is encouraged, a place where the author can develop highly personalized.

Other than that, content blogs connect with an online community, blogs can be multidisciplinary and a global blog could truly introduce students to international culture or politics are also the factors. As provided in the article it states that any discipline can use blogs to approach a style of meta-learning. It means that language learning process can also use blog as the medium for that purpose. Blogging is one thing that is new for me although I have my own blog there is more than meets the eye when you are talking about blog. But I have to admit that blog did help in learning language. For instance, I am writing in this page and in the same time using other language which is English as the medium of writing. So, it improves my writing skill and eventually my proficiency in the language.
I do not have any particular blog that in favour when it comes to blog but I love to browse randomly for other blogs. The interesting and eye catching blog regardless from the writing or layout aspect will be my reading material for that day. So, it can be say that i have embedded myself in the large community of blogosphere even though I am not an active blogger.
Click this link and the first hit in that page is the PDF form of this article. It is a study actually conducted by David Huffaker.

1 comment:

  1. good shaffie but where is your third posting? Hope blogging will be a part of your lifestyle and will assist your writing skill as well