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Blogs are potent teaching and learning tools

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 November 2012

 




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Blogs are potent teaching and learning tools
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 149
Posted DateMonday 26 November 2012 09:59 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/blogs-vastly- ... 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e4iFx2Gm0A ... 
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/kcafe ... 
CategoriesWeblogs; Knowledge Cafe; Learning
PeopleDonald Clark 

Donald Clark is a prolific and insightful blogger on all aspects of education, teaching and learning but I love him most for his recent talk Dont lecture me where he criticises the lecture as a form of teaching. It was of course my exasperation with the lecture format that prompted me to design my knowledge cafes.



But coming back to blogs, when I first learnt about them and started blogging myself way back in March 2002, I immediately saw their potential as teaching and learning tools. Ten years later, to my mind, they have still not reached their full potential in this area.

Donald gets it too.

Blogs are a potent and vastly underused teaching and learning tool. The habit of regular writing as a method of reflection, synthesis, argument and reinforcement is suited to the learning process. Blogs encourage bolder, independent, critical thinking, as opposed to mere note taking. For teachers they crystallise and amplify what you have to teach. For learners, they force you to really learn.



Take a look at the full post - it may just encourage you to blog if you are not already :-)




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