In this post I am to create my own topic. What I have chosen is not something unique. It is not something creative. I wanted to write about a topic that has influenced a new perception.
For this assignment I have asked myself to:
Write about how your opinions of blogging have changed since you started this course. Explain what you have learned and relate it specifically to using blogging as a tool in the classroom setting. Discuss this style of communication. What do you believe makes it effective for students.
Blogging is fluid. It is words in flux. Just when you think you've got it, it changes. When I started this course, I was unfamiliar. When asked to blog, I was set on completing a task, and every aspect of completion was new. I was distracted. After recieving nice comments from Dr. Strange, I "whoo-hooed." After receiving a comment from a more mature blogger, Denise Krebs, I explained to my kids, "It's like getting a sticker on your paper, and hanging it on the refrigerator." After a while, I began to understand how powerful it is. It is a new form of communication. Unlike writing a letter, blogging is immediate and global.
Even today, after reading Larry Ferlazzo's post, I am still discovering its uses. Students can be engaged and empowered through blogging. They can be impersonal and very personal. They can be accountable, creative, and insightful. Blogging will teach the power of words to communicate, to analyze, to correlate. It can teach in a way I cannot. Over these past six weeks, my views of blogging have changed. Now I see it as a legitimate force to take myself and my students to new learning experiences.