A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual almost like a diary or portfolio. In the blog the author comments or describes events or material such as videos or pictures. The posts are most often displayed in reverse-chronological order (wikipedia 2009). Writing the blog everyday learners reflect on small learning results in relation to the bigger goal of the curriculum and thus learn how to learn (O'Donnell 2006: 17).
O'Donnell, M (2006) Blogging as Pedagogic Practice: Artefact and Ecology in Asia Oacific Media Educator, Issue No. 17, Dec. 2006
To make learners reflective of their own thinking (Crook et al. 2008: 32) the following process is suggested:
- At least 1/2 hour everyday is reserved for blogging in the classroom. The learners is asked to blog on what they learned that day, what they want to learn better and how they will reach this goal.
- After blogging every student is asked (on class) to mention some of the things he or she wrote in the blog. It is discussed how he or she can reach the learning goal.
- The learners is continuously encouraged to comment on each others blogs.
Crook, C. (2008) Web 2.0 Technologies and Learning at Key Stages 3 and 4: Summary Report in BECTA
Computer and softwareprogram for blogging (find them at: www.blogspot.com and www.thoughts.com).