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?