Saturday, September 09, 2006
How do we know that blogs and podcasts improve student learning?
Just a question that I'm wondering about. I have started blogging with my classes and continued to do it because I believe it will help my students learn. And lots of teachers do say that it will help students become better writers, that they will take more care and be more motivated to learn skills they need when writing for a real audience. And that does seem to make sense. I feel that I have enjoyed writing more and that the practice of writing on a regular basis has made me a better writer than I would have been without the regular practice. But how do we know it is working to improve learning for our students? Has anyone done any studies? How do we evaluate the use of blogs, podcasts and digital learning environments generally? Would these convince teachers who are sceptical?