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My name is Kirsty, but I may be more familiar to some of you by my blogging alias ‘la Madeleine’ (here a culinary rather than Biblical reference). I’m a recent King’s French graduate (class of 2012), current UAL student, and part-time Proust/food-blogger. Continue reading
Dr Jane Elliott wanted to use three separate blogs for three different groups of students on the same module: “6AAEC060 Twenty First Century American Fiction: Postmodernism and beyond“. The groups of students would all be able to create and reply on posts on the forum/blog that had been assigned to them.
She decided on using group forums, which are limited design wise, but can be used for posting images, text and files just like a blog.
Blogging has quickly become one of the most effective learning tools in education today. It introduces students with new methods of communicating, improving their writing, and helps motivate them to find their voice (2).
Blogs can foster the development of a distinct, discriminating voice in the context of Internet materials related to particular subjects. Through their construction, students can gain a sense of empowerment and personal identity while learning how to interact with others on-line. According to (3), some of the necessary important ingredients in creating and maintaining an “effective” blog are:
- quality of posts: blog posts should be original, “well-crafted,” “well- informed”
- an authentic purpose for maintaining the blog
- point of view: a blog should offer a window into the author’s identity and community affiliations
- a blog should take advantage of the medium to offer a sense of immediacy and intimacy
“Instead of spending class time pretending that students have read the material, I ask them to blog while they are reading. I do this to encourage active reading, but also to provide them some space to be comfortable as writers. I give them some guided questions, and I grade them only on the depth of their responses.” – Beth Lynne Ritter-Guth (4)
Dr Johanna Malt
(Senior Lecturer in French at King’s College London), started a blogging project last academic year (2011-12) with her final-year Proust students. Though not many students really took up the challenge, one, Kirsty Young
, really entered into the spirit of it, and has created a blog which she calls ‘A culinary reading of A la Recherche du temps perdu
‘ in which she plans to cook every food mentioned in the novel.
According to Steven Wheeler (Associate Professor in Information & Computer Technology, School of Education, Plymouth University): here are 7 good reasons why teachers should also blog(1):
- Blogging causes you to reflect:Blogging can help with this process, enabling teachers to keep an ongoing personal record of their actions, decisions, though processes, successes and failures, and issues they have to deal with.
- Blogging can crystallise your thinking:Our ideas are now on the screen in front of you; they can be stored, retrieved and reconstructed as your ideas become clearer.
- Blogging can open up new audiences.
- Blogging can create personal momentum.
- Blogging can give you valuable feedback.
- Blogging can be creative: You have many ways to convey your ideas, and you are simply limited to your own imagination. Try out new ways of communicating and take risks.
- Blogging can raise your game:Time and again I have heard from other teachers (and students) that they take much more care over grammatical construction, spelling and punctuation when they discover they have an audience.