Thing 4 – Blogs are Beautiful

The series of 23 educational sample blog posts,  provided in the Week 2 of the “Thing experience”, at: http://k12learning20.wikispaces.com/4-blog2 are exceptional. True, I am familiar with a few of these educational experts but I always welcome new sources of information and these sites are indeed exceptional!

The genre in blog writing seems to range from those that are designed purely to provide information to those that want to “get in your face” and dare you to challenge the statements made in a confrontational manner. Regardless, all blog writers seem to share a passion about their particular, chosen area of expertise.

I find that reading blogs, particularly on-line, is far different than reading material in print. Reading a novel, for me, is a very linear process and I must admit that I rarely skip ahead or read the last chapter until I have progressed through the preceding chapters, in order. However, when I am reading a blog, I enter a  hyper-linked world where I often branch out on a serendipitous adventure acquiring new ideas and educational relevance. In addition, the comments left by others in response to the blog post, often provide important feedback and reinforcement to the blog writer or may challenge or ask for clarification. Blog comments often enhance an important “value added” component to the overall blog discussion as they provide additional insights and resources. Futhermore, I admit that sometimes I have used the blog post comments as my own “Coles/Cliff Notes” to quickly assimilate the main ideas that the audience has considered noteworthy.

Blog writing, in my opinion, is very difficult. True there are some people who can sit down to their keyboard and dash off wonderful, educational stimulating  entries that are brief and succinct. I marvel at their abilities. However, during my educational career, I have written numerous term papers, two theses and a multitude of newsletter articles, where I have been encouraged to embellish my thoughts and explanations. Unfortunately, if you are still reading this post, you know that brevity and terse are two words that rarely are applied to my writing. Yet with so little time and so much online blog information to absorb, educators today cannot afford to peruse lengthy, prolonged discourses. So, dear reader, if you are still plodding though this blog post, I might suggest that you jump to any comments below to get a “quick and dirty” perspective of what I have shared. 😉

Undoubtedly blogging can facilitate learning. Imagine any student who receives comments to a blog post from readers world-wide. True, some students may be motivated by only their particular teacher’s feedback to their essay or term paper. However, imagine the student who gets on-line feedback from blog readers around the world! Not only have students been motivated by blog comments, some have actually taken the constructive feedback, modified their essay, poem, movie or project  or  and re-submitted it. Others, not worrying about increasing their somewhat “artificial” mark through a re-submission process, have modified and improved their endeavour (even beyond the school year end) and re-posted it to the world once they thought it was good enough. How is that for collaboration and life long learning!

Take care & keep smiling 🙂