2014 Edublogs

There are several benefits for students from engaging in the process of using a blog.  Blogs can be used as a digital diary, be modified presented in a web page format and can be used as an e-Portfolio of student work.  Students in Years 7 – 9 now have access to the school’s Multi Campus Edublogs Service.  The privacy of the students is assured through the coding of their username and blog name. 

Traditionally a blog is considered like a diary with the most recent posts at the top with the older posts appearing down the page and then archived in the side bar for the blog site. If comments are enabled students can collaborate with other students or obtain feedback from teachers in relation to the writings presented. 

Blogs can also be turned into website.  Some faculties have chosen to “hack” the blog by locking the first post and use this post as the navigation structure for the rest of the site.  Through the use of buttons have turned the blog into a web page which has  enabled  students who have investigated a class based issue and collected  their data, to  present their findings  as a webpage with links to resources as required. 

We are also investigating the more traditional use of a blog as an ongoing e-Portfolio of students’ work. Year 12 extension history have for a number of years made use of Edublogs as a journay  for their major research.  There is potentially good use of this concept for the Primary School.  For example,  it is possible that students In Years 5 and 6 can have a blog to display their work throughout their time in the Primary School which can be archived and retained as  a digital record of their work in  future years. 

The use of digital resources such as Edublogs enables students and teachers to enhance the learning process and provide a centralized location for the storage of student digital resources.  The enhanced learning can be achieved through the collaborative nature of blogging/website activities.  The student ownership of their blog provided the opportunity for them to harness the digital management and organization of their resources.   

Student engagement in blogging starts the process of managing their digital footprint.  This an important first step in managing the Digital Pathways experience of understanding one’s digital footprint, taking steps to manage it and hopefully with experience and confidence becoming   an active digital citizen.