Educational blogging has become such an integral part of the educational process. It is used for sharing thoughts and opinions as Anne Davis does in her blog regarding the rationale for educational blogging. She shares a great rationale for the practice of blogging and has many comments to share from others with different opinions. Blogging can also be used to teach as Joyce Valenzia does in her blog about Power Point Reform. Blogging allows one to add to the story as the lesson is implemented and the results are in and it also allows one to change or add to the lesson based on the results.
Blogging can allow the author to publish the postings and gain exposure and possibly fame as has happened to the students who write and publish the students 20h blog. Once a subject appeals to others as their blog on teaching brevity does, it gains momentum and others post comments as well. It allows many real-time comments and opinions and exposure for all he authors and posters. The blogging posts remain available and one can go back for years to quote an author so it is very important for a writer to be aware of how the postings can be important in future endeavors such as resumes and job searches. The writers need to be aware that the world can be the audience!
Posts such as Why I Don’t Assign Homework by Mr Meyer elicit strong responses from other teachers who agree and disagree. At my reading there were over 140 responses from teachers and students. Blogging has become very popular and not restrained as to time as it can be done 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. It allows all to be current on what is happening now and the opinions of many are available on just about any subject.
As blogging and using the web for pictures and podcasts becomes more and more popular and used by more people, issues arise as to the legality of posts and the negative exposure issues. In Spies Like Us, Vicki Davis discusses the issue of teaching with each student having the capability of recording any classroom activities, as well as taking pictures. She has addressed the problem with recording all her classes, but the bigger issue is urging all to be aware of the chance we all have of having each lecture or interaction recorded and sent to millions for viewing.
Blogging allows current, concise interaction with a large audience. It enables many students and teachers to express opinions and solicit and get feedback quickly from many others. It enhances courses and adds variety to the teaching methods. It appeals to various students and allows input from some that may be uncomfortable in a classroom setting. However, it introduces problems and potential pitfalls which are new but could be quite large and long-lasting. So my feeing is to enjoy the benefits of blogging but to be aware of the risks and potential pitfalls as well!