Topic: Classroom Blogging
I spent a great deal of time on a ferry today, so had a chance to read several articles and blog entries about classroom blogging that I'd downloaded and printed for the occasion. In an earlier entry this week, I mentioned that I was getting caught up in 'proper' use of blogs as opposed to practical uses for blogs in education.
Based upon what I read, there's some discussion about whether or not most classroom use of blogs is truly blogging in the purist sense. For example, in an entry dated March 29, 2004, Will Richardson posts an entry that asks if students are really blogging?
(Side note: According to the purist definitions I've read, this is now truly a blog entry because I writing a reaction to something I read and provided a link!)
Right now I find myself wondering if it gets kids to read and write, and if it provides an opportunity to share that writing within a community, does it matter whether or not the entries are blogs in the traditional sense? I get the impression that some folks think educators are 'spoiling' blogging through the approaches they're using...