Blogs, podcasts and wiki’s. Oh My!

While many teachers across the country are just becoming comfortable using PowerPoint and the Internet as an educational tool, others are integrating new technologies, ones with funny names.  More and more educators are finding value in things called weblogs, podcasts and wiki’s.  So what are all of these things and how can I use them in my classroom.

Wikipedia defines a weblog (usually shortened to blog, but occasionally spelled web log) as a web-based publication consisting primarily of periodic articles (normally in reverse chronological order).  A search for “blog” on eSchool News results in over 50 articles while a google search on “blogs and education” yields over 16 million pages.

Some teachers are taking this technology one step further by publishing audio clips, in lieu of text compositions.  According to Wikipedia, podcasting is a method of publishing via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files (usually MP3s).

According to who, Wikipedia?  Who or what is Wikipedia?  Wikipedia is a Web-based, multi-language, free-content encyclopedia written collaboratively by volunteers.  This is one of the world’s largest wiki’s, a web application that allows users to add content and their own version of History.

Are you currently or planning to use any of these technologies in your classroom.  If so, how?  Are you concerned that anyone in the world can now instantaneously publish information?  What implication does this have in your classroom?

Comments

  1. Sue Keck

    I saw on eSchool News an article called, “Using a Weblog to Facilitate Paper Publishing”. Teachers at Lewis Elementary School are using a multi-user blog to update parents and community members on upcoming events, curriculum topics and general announcements. Kudos for the principal for giving the teachers time during their staff meeting to write their weekly post!

  2. Terri Smouse

    Hi,
    Blogs, wikis, mp3 players….definitely thing educators need to stay up on and use when appropriate. Key word being appropriate!

    In reading your posting I realized that Wikipedia is not necessarily “gospel” and when teachers and students use it as a resource we might be well served to check it against other resources. However, for some current things, like blogs, that wouldn’t show up in a normal encyclopedia or dictionary yet, it might be a good resource.

    These are exciting times for educators! These additional tools in our “utility belts” can help us to continue to capture the intrests of our kids!

    Terri

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