Datacasting, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, student web logs (blogs), and intelligent essay graders are among a dozen technologies likely to emerge as must-have solutions in the nation’s schools, according to a report unveiled Nov. 3 by the Washington, D.C.-based Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
CoSN names blogs as one of the “Hot Technologies for K-12 Schools” but doesn’t go so far as saying they’ll redefine education as we know it (which is, of course, what will happen.) In fact, they seem to be plugging blogs more as communication tools rather than learning tools.
Rolfes also touched on the growing importance of comprehensive student information systems used to track and monitor student progress, as well as the use of blogs as an increasingly popular tool for building stronger school communities–spurring much-needed communication among students, parents, and educators.
Regardless, I’ll take it. It’s official. Blogs are “hot.”