How can teachers use a website or blog to improve teaching and learning?
Teachers can create a blog account that would allow students to become actively engaged online. Teachers can pose questions and ask students to respond. This allows for online discussions to take place. Blogs are a great way for English teachers to promote literacy learning through writing and the analysis of language. Blogs are also a great way to make parents feel involved and connected. These blogs are able to update parents and share what is going on in the classroom. As well as staying connected with the parents it also allows teachers to communicate with other teachers. This way teachers are able to support one another and ask question. Blogs are great and should be incorporated into the classrooms to improve teaching/ learning!
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Chapter eight starts off by focusing on how teachers can communicate electronically. As a teacher the major components of communication that are used are: classroom websites, email, instant messaging, discussion boards, blogs, and wikis. They each have their own purpose, but are all as equally important. There are two different types of communications, Synchronous and Asynchronous. Synchronous communications occur in real times, as with cell phone conversations or instant message exchanges. Asynchronous communications involve a time delay, i.e. email messages, threaded discussions, or blogs. Incorporating electronic communications in the classroom is very important for success. This allows for teaching interactively, sharing info, building learning communities, publishing student work, and energizing student writing. Email may be the most useful communication tool for teachers, because it has its own built-in recordkeeping system. Everyone involved in the emailing is accountable for anything he/she says. Email is consider to be more proper in the school setting compared to instant messaging which provides immediate feedback. With Email you are able to spell check and create a thoughtful reply as instant messaging most people tend to use “textspeak”. Textspeak is abbreviated collection of symbols and letters that are used for quick communication. Blogging is an immensely popular online activity. Reading a blog can be best described as reading someone’s journal/ diary. Blogs are great to incorporate into the classroom because, it enhances student learning, promotes student/family communications and professional networking. It is important to keep in mind the four key designs when creating a teacher blog. The key designs are: content posting, reader response, audience, and authorship. Wikis have also become a popular online learning tool. In schools, wikis allow students to use technology in meaningful ways, collaborate with peers, synthesis and explain content, publish their writing, and receive feedback about their learning both inside and outside the classroom. Wikis are great because they allow users to edit the same webpage. This method of blogging has greatly grown over the years.
The video below shares 10 reasons why students enjoy using blogs. Some of the examples they use are ones the book uses as well! In the video each student states why the Blog is benefitical to them.
Tech tool question
The tech tool link I checked out was "Go Daddy". Go daddy is an online site that allows users to create their own websites and host their own accounts. This site is used mainly for business purposes and costs money depending on the package that’s purchased. There are positive feedback comments on the home page from active users of the site. The site seems very user friendly and is very bright and colorful which is engaging for any user online.
Maloy, R. (2011). Transforming learning with new technologies. Boston: Pearson