What are blogs?
Blogs are basically webpages that contain the writings or posts of an individual or group of individuals. They usually centre on a particular theme and follow a reverse chronological order. Not only do they provide an online space for individuals to express themselves they also facilitate reader commentary, critique, and interlinkage between sites and other blogs.
Many schools use the Scoilnet webhosting/blogging service to set up and maintain their blogs. This is a free service which operates through the Schools Broadband Network. More information on this service is documented here and via NCTE Service Desk @ 1800 33 44 66.
To support schools, the NCTE also runs the following course entitled, ‘Creating your School’s Website using Scoilnet Blogs‘.
5 reasons why schools should blog
Many schools are seeing the educational benefits of blogging. Teachers are mainly creating subject specific blogs or blogs documenting a particular project. The aim is usually to provide a more collaborative and interesting learning experience.
Here are five reasons why schools should consider blogging.
1. They encourage higher order skills such as reflection and analysis but also encourage reading, writing and collaboration
2. Publishing commentary and entries can lead to peer learning, peer assessment and a sense of ownership, all of which are highly motivational
3. The technology involved is easy to use.
4. They easily support video, audio and other media and file types therefore creating a very dynamic learning experience and supporting various learning styles
5. Learning is extended to outside the school environment.
The following is a snapshot of teachers and schools, primarily in Ireland, who are currently blogging. If you know of any other interesting school or education blog let us know via “Contact us“. Alternatively, if you are a new or seasoned blogger why not answer Scoilnet’s call to all teachers that blog to share their experiences.
Who else is blogging?
History Matters, by Second and Third Year, Portmarnock Community School
Labhair leis an lámh by Eleanor Moloney, St Paul’s Secondary, Greenhills New
Douce France by Conall Hamill, French teacher
From the Ground Up by Pauric O’Donnell – follows the re-design of a school website and integration of ICT into the classroom.
eLearning Island, by Dónal O’ Mahony
Think for Yourself, by Noel Cunningham, Physics Teacher
The E-Learning Curve by Michael Hanley, Consultant
Integrating ICT into the Modern Foreign Languages Classroom, by Joe Dale, Language Teacher
Using ICT in Further Education, by Patricia Donaghy, ICT Coordinator
An Increasingly Digital Life, by John Hegarty
Simon’s EduMoBlog, by Simon Lewis
Anseo.net by Simon Lewis
Blogging and Podcasting by Joe Molloy
Careers Ireland by Francis O’ Toole
Faith Artsby Brendan O’Regan
Free Resources for Educators by Patricia Donaghy
Belfield Blog by Conor Galvin
Mr Kendall Recommends Maths blog by Tom Kendall
More Stress, Less Success by Humphrey Jones
Department of Information and Commnication Technology – St Colmcille’s
ICT Education by teachers at St Columba’s
Pancomido by a teacher of Spanish – aimed at Junior and Senior Cycle students.
Organisations and other
|Teachnet Blog||Intercultural Education in Ireland|
|Marisa de Dios Advanced English Class||International Bloggers Directory|
|Ewan Mc Intosh||CESI (Computer Education Society of Ireland)|
|CESI – Dublin Branch||Jakes Online Wiki|
|Technology Made Easy|
How do I get started?
Check out the following:
Document – What is Scoilnet Webhosting/Blogging? Webpage: Blogs in Education | Video – Commoncraft – Blogs in plain English | Presentation – Using a blog as a teaching resource | Advice Sheet – Blogs | Damien’s Account on blogging – Seomra Ranga | CESI 2009 Presentation by Simon Lewis – Why blogging is best!
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