This is why we open up and connect our kids to the world and teach them how to function there safely:
About a month ago, two of my students reported on research by a geneticist involved with sleep and memory, and posted their reports to the my class blog. In their reports, the students raised some questions about the research.
Yesterday, that researcher responded to the students questions in the blog itself. This is incredibly exciting!
So far, in less than 8 weeks, we have interacted with a graduate student from Ohio who was doing research in the instructional use of blogs. My students participated in a survey, which formed a key part of a paper she has prepared.
Earlier this week, we heard from an author of an article from National Geographic, who was impressed with a studentâ€™s critique of his work. And now this.
Frankly, I expected to see the benefits of blogging in terms of students connecting with one another. But I never expected to have them connect with the world at large so quickly.
There are a billion teachers out there…
Go, blogs! Go!
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Stephen Downes says
The big news in this story isn’t blogs. It’s that there are a billion teachers out there.
Today we use blogs to communicate with them. But how might this evolve in the future. How do we make it easier, more immediate?
Pat Aroune says
Stephen – I just joined my first google group (EduBloggerCon)and think this has a tremendous amount of potential.
Susan Funk says
I am just starting to enter the world of blogging as a learning experiment iwthin my graduate studies work on literacy and library and information. I am trying to connect with that wide world out there, full of educators. How do you get people to know where you are and what you are doing?