Blogging As An Educational Tool

Its happening in at least one school in Liberty, Missouri, where the entire eighth grade of one school is involved with blogging, in small part to the evangelism of one high school teacher, Eric Langhorst.  It looks like they’re using blogs as a way to teach students writing, organizational skills, and a way to reach out to quieter students who have a difficult time finding a voice in the classroom.  The cool thing?  One class is examining a book called Guerrila Season, and the book’s author is taking the time to reply back on their blogs.

The book’s author, Pat Hughes, is joining in the online discussion from her home in Philadelphia. “I love being able to communicate with the author because it makes me feel like I can ask anything,” says Amy Lostroh, 13. “Most books you read you have to guess how the author named the characters, why they chose to write about the topic or what inspired them.”

Blogging for credit?  Man, where was all this 20 years ago? :)


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    I am currently using a blog as a class resource (posting assignments, links, tips, etc for the students) for my senior level college class. Last summer I used one to facilitate class discussion outside the classroom. While not that many of my students have blogs, I believe that will be changing in the next five years. This article points to changes we will have to make in higher education.


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