Teaching with blogs

It seems logical to me that blogging is a tool that could be used to improve writing in the classroom. And I tried it spring quarter with not enough thought, perhaps, because the results were uneven.

I’ve been looking around the net for ideas on how to integrate blogs into the classroom, because I want to use them with my first undergraduate class in spring 2005.

I found this article in First Monday that explores the use of “blogs” in the classroom — as a tool to enhance literacy. The author also notes that statistics suggest as much as 40% of those using this technology are under 20. That sounds good for my spring demographic.

I found a few other sites to put on my “explore” list — some came from and some from

  • jill/txt
    Dr Jill Walker, Dept of Humanistic Informatics, University of Bergen, is using blogs extensively in her media classes.
  • pedabloggy
    Jenny Weight teaches networked and programmed media in the School of Applied Communication, RMIT (Melbourne, Australia). She is using blogs in a class in new media networks.
  • 9/11
    This demonstrates nice use of blogging software as course management software.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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