Blogs and aggregrators

Setting up a blog and an RSS is quite easy.

Blogs are online journals that have certain aspects that would be valuable as an educational tool. These aspects including the ability to use it as a creative writing space, reflective journal and a resource for sharing information. Say the students are asked to do a class project together. Blogs allows the students to create their own blogs to leave posts about the project and also connect to other students pages and leave comments. Blogging fits in with Kearsley and Schneiderman (1998) theory that for learners to be truely engaged in their learning they need to relate, create and Donate.

RSS, which is Realy Simple Syndication, is another useful tool which allows you to keep track of postings or updates. There are numerous RSS aggregators which can be used to track each others blogs. After watching the tutorial on RSS aggregrators I found it very easy to set up. The RSS makes it easier for me to keep track of my peers posts and updates and leave comments on each new post. I use Google reader as my RSS. An RSS would assist students in time saving and would make it easier to comment on new post, therefore collborating with other students posts.

Kearsley, G. & Shneiderman, B. (1999), Engagement Theory: A framework for technology-based teaching and learning, viewed 30 July 2009

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