Blogging in class

Classroom weblogs are proving useful because the technology is so easy to use and accessible to students, says a New York Times story.

In the blogs, students write about how they attacked a tough math problem, post observations about their science experiments or display their latest art projects.

For teachers, blogs are attractive because they require little effort to maintain, unlike more elaborate classroom Web sites, which were once heralded as a boon for teaching.

. . . One way teachers say they use blogs is to continue spirited discussions that were cut short or to prolong question-and-answer periods with guest speakers.

Teachers can provide feedback more quickly. Students are encouraged to do more writing, though often without attention to grammar, spelling or other writing conventions.

The Educational Bloggers’ Network lists 130 members, but undoubtedly there are more teachers out there experimenting with blogs as a classroom tool.

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