Introduction - Why Blog?
As the demand for technologically savvy students rapidly increases, more and moreschools scramble to integrate technology to meet the demand. According to Wolseyand Grisham, “Indeed, if students are to become adept at using technology for theirlearning and in their lives, schools have a responsibility to teach those technologyskills and
necessary for students to succeed, regardless of theiraccess to technology outside the school.”(p.30) However, research indicates thatschools do a fairly good job finding money to buy more computers, but failmiserably when giving established teachers the training on how to integratetechnology beyond the basic word processing, spreadsheet, and presentationsoftware. On top of this, teachers in core classes become resistant to using newteaching methods if they have found success with state standardized testing.Furthermore, Wolsey and Grisham state, “Technology in the hands of capableteachers has the potential to assist them as they work with students to connect withthose in the world around them through proficiency with the written word mediatedby thoughtfully chosen technologies…teacher candidates who know that the powerof technology is less reliant on the technology and more so on the ways that peopleuse it are likely to be the successful teachers of the 21st century.”(p.35)One method of using technology to tap into these new literacies occurs through theuse of weblogs or blogs. The primary use of blogs when they first appeared was asan online personal diary. However, within a short period of time blogs could beopened to the public and authors could invite others to join in on conversations.With the advent of Web 2.0, blogs also became a place for storing all sorts of digitalcontent.I use blogs for several reasons but the primary reason is because student’s writingfluency increases almost immediately when they know peers will be reading whatthey write. It can be hard to get students to write, so, I also appreciate the fact thatstudents seem to enjoy engaging their peers online. It is easy to monitor students’writing on a blog, and the need for paper is greatly reduced.I am not the most technologically savvy person you will meet. For me to engagesomething technological, it must be a relatively simple process. Setting up a blog isreally as easy as 1, 2, 3.Citation:Wolsey, Thomas D., and Dana l. Grisham. "Adolescents and the New Literacies:."Action in Teacher Education 29.2 (2007): 29-38.