MIDL321: Insights about Global Education, Blogs and Microblogs

Read Peter’s Introduction and chapter 1 Global Education and the Web2.0 Revolution and Solomon and Schrum’s chapter 1 on blogs and chapter 2 on microblogs- twitter and then share 3-5 new insights that you gained from the readings.

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22 thoughts on “MIDL321: Insights about Global Education, Blogs and Microblogs

  1. INSIGHTS GAINED (BLOGS):
    1. I heard about blogs but through this book, I got to know the importance and wide field of application of blogs.
    2. Unlike books, blogs have a far greater power to develop creativity, collaborative skills, critical thinking, divergent thinking and better communicative skills among students and teachers or among common masses.
    3. Blogs are easily accessible and engaging as the audience can comment and put forward their opinion about various topics.
    4. It can even bring a global perspective to our classrooms.
    5. Can be helpful in professional development too.

    INSIGHTS GAINED (MICRO-BLOGS):
    1. Micro-blogs or nano-blogs are blogs with a limited capacity of publishing texts, usually 140 characters like in the case of twitter.
    2. Got to know that even micro-blogging site twitter can be used for educational purpose.
    3. Came to know about other educational tools like Edmodo, Posterous and Plurk.
    4. People/Teachers have already been using micro-blogging sites like twitter for subjects like geography.

    INSIGHTS GAINED (Global Education):
    1. Came to know about some wonderful global education programmes like Flat Classroom Project and Survivor Gault.
    2. Concept of social-learning where learners are never passive and are exposed to diverse social situations.
    3. It provides diverse student development opportunities.
    4. The best part of this was the concept of “Borderless Education”.

  2. INSIGHTS GAINED (BLOGS):
    1. I heard about blogs but through this book I got to know the importance and wide field of application of blogs.
    2. Unlike books, blogs have a far greater power to develop creativity, collaborative skills, critical thinking, divergent thinking and better communicative skills among students and teachers or among common masses.
    3. Blogs are easily accessible and engaging as the audience can comment and put forward their opinion about various topics.
    4. It can even bring a global perspective to our classrooms.
    5. Can be helpful in professional development too.

    INSIGHTS GAINED (MICRO-BLOGS):
    1. Micro-blogs or nano-blogs are blogs with a limited capacity of publishing texts, usually 140 characters like in case of twitter.
    2. Got to know that even micro-blogging site twitter can be used for educational purpose.
    3. Came to know about other educational tools like Edmodo, Posterous and Plurk.
    4. People/Teachers have already been using micro-blogging sites like twitter for subjects like geography.

    INSIGHTS GAINED (Global Education):
    1. Came to know about some wonderful global education programmes like Flat Classroom Project and Survivor Gault.
    2. Concept of social-learning where learners are never passive and are exposed to diverse social situations.
    3. It provides diverse student development opportunities.
    4. The best part of this was the concept of “Borderless Education”.

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  4. Insights gained:
    Blogs: blogs allow for a person to have creativity with expressing their thought and opinion with the world. Blogs can be private or public which allows for more personal connections or even connections with people throughout the world. Since technology is so advanced now blogging is a very common thing for people to do. Blogging be beneficial in the classroom, work place, community, etc.
    Microblogs: micro blogging is similar to blogging but with more restrictions to text limit. For example, twitter only allows 140 characters of text per post. Microblogging can include text, videos, and pictures. This is another great technique to collaborate with people around the world and network. Twitter is the best known microblog website.
    Overall
    Blogging allows for another method of differentiated learning which allows for people to collaborate together on techniques about different concepts. Learners could also be more comfortable with learning and expressing through technology and blogging because they are submitting their thoughts to a computer screen and not a classroom full of peers. Blogging allows for different development opportunities for all learners to benefit from.

  5. Insights gained:
    1. I have had a private personal blog for years for online journal purposes but it had never occur to me that it can be a tool in my lesson. The ability of the blog to integrate link, videos and images is really helpful. Students then not only learn the subject that I am teaching in that particular discipline only but as students link in information, ie. articles, video clips etc, they will start to see how that particular piece of knowledge is linked in a real world situation.
    2. As the book Web 2.0 puts it, the evidence will exist forever. That will be a great display of students’ growth and it is a virtual “memorial stone” for students to see as they achieve each milestone.
    3. For years I have resisted to have a twitter account and the book help me realize that whether or not twitter be constructive or helpful depends on the community I choose to build. From the book I am fascinated by the potential of twitter especially in terms of building professional network, I am more open and willing to consider to start using twitter.

  6. Rachel’s Insights:

    • Insights on Blogs
    I often heard about blogs but I haven’t used it. After reading the book, there are so many uses and benefits of using blogs. It develops creativity on your opinion about something and you can collaborate people across the globe. It will also hone our communication skills and critical thinking on ideas that we want to express. This is also a tool for people who cannot express it orally in class but they have ideas on their mind about the subject matter.

    • Insights in Microblog
    This is similar to blogs but with text limit and has some restrictions. This is another avenue to collaborate with people around the world and do networking. Twitter is most common for this.

    • Insights on Global Education
    This is very unique because it promotes “Borderless Education”. It promotes learning through collaborations and communications from different classes of different countries all over the world. It provides a new learning environment and opportunities to all of us who wants to learn in just the tip of our fingers.

  7. Today we are living in a world of connectedness and togetherness. The concept of global village has become a reality with the advent of technology. The field of education has also been under its impact. Our students are techno-savvy and feel more comfortable with technology. As teacher, we must harness this potential of students to facilitate the teaching-learning process. There are various technological tools available for teachers to enhance learning in a meaningful way.
    Blogs are one of such tools, which give student and teachers a platform to come out of the traditional class room and be the part of global village. It provides teachers and students an opportunity to communicate with wide range of audience outside the class room. It gives them chance to express themselves creatively and get to know others in their fields. Blogs are important tools which must be exploited by students and teachers in educational process. These are easy and fee tools to create and maintain through a host of platforms.
    Apart from Blogs there are mini tools like twitter and hashtag termed as micro blogs available to express themselves. These are not only helpful teaching tools, but they also help in developing critical thinking, communication skills, creativity and sense of responsibility in students. These also provide parents a platform to be actively involved in the monitoring process of the learning of their wards. As teachers, you can develop professionally through these tools and as students you can share your perspective with others. These have relative advantages based on their applications and use. We as teachers must exploit these tools to facilitate learning process.

  8. 1. Insights gained (Blog)
    I learned that a blog is a user-friendly web log which allows a single user to publish their work or ideas online. By using blogs, educators and students are able to express their ideas creatively. In blogs, a user can collaborate, and communicate with audience. This allows connections with broader community rather than just people in the classroom. By doing that, user will have to apply their critical thinking before publishing its content. What I realized now is that blog should be brief and written clearly and concisely rather than a rambling post. The best thing about a blog is visual elements play an important role to sustain interest. Blogs can feature not only pictures but also videos and audios which will make the blog more interesting. Blogs work as a professional platform for educators to display their work, collaborate with others and gain reputation through insights.

    2. Insights gained (Microblogs)
    Microblogs is a cross between blogging and text messages with limitation of character count. The most popular micro blog is twitter and it is free for user. It allows user to post comment up to 140 characters. A user can limit their audience, reply a tweet publicly or privately. Microblog such as twitter is used rather than blog is because it is the fastest way to reply and get information from other people thus keeping one updated on latest news. It is also deemed as easy to handle and are great for students who are hesitant towriting much. Other than twitter, another microblog that is popular is Edmodo. 3. Insights gained (Global Classroom)

    3. Insights. (Global Education)
    The web 2.0 allows learning to take place based on social interaction which focuses on how we learn instead of what we learn. (Peters, 2009). Therefore, Technology has allowed teachers to bring the world to their classrooms with many Web 2.0 technologies. It is found that using web 2.0 not benefits the educators but also students by integrating this technology in the classroom. I think that it promotes global perspective among the users through collaboration using different tools that educators can choose from such as Podcast, Wikis, Blogs, Media sharing sites, Vlogs, VoiceThread, and Google documents. There is also security concerns and parental permission to consider before deciding on using the tools.

  9. From these readings and from prior basic knowledge it’s possible to realize how important and fruitful the Blogs are. It is the opportunity to have students engaged in many and diversity activities, sharing ideas and collaborating with each other. They are geared toward a real social interaction and will develop a critical sense in relation to what they think it is right and good or not.

    Unfortunately, in my place it isn’t a kind of tool which teachers are used to explore to make their classes and students understandings more active. Both, Blogs and microblogs, despite their differences, can be a very dynamic way to introduce students to a new way of learning.

    From Global Educational the main insight I’ve got is that through the Global Education and the use of Web 2.0 we can see and show the entire world, and, in my point of view, the most important is to be aware that “The real revolution of technology is to help our students build relationships that extend our understanding of who they are on the planet.” ( Alan November, pg 9.)

    Actually, most of the time in our practice as teachers we don’t really call our students attention to know who they are and what they can do for the planet or why do they exist for. Maybe if we arouse their interest in how they can act and what available tools to use we can achieve “the real revolution of technology”

  10. Insights from the reading assignment:
    Teachers now have greater responsibility of bringing the world into their classrooms and for breaking the barriers of communication. There are many things out there that can help teachers realize this. They just have to be resourceful enough to look for the suitable tools and resources they can use to help their learners. Teachers can change students’ perspective toward social networking sites like twitter or facebook. These sites can be used as an avenue or tool for academic discussions where students can express their ideas and creativity.
    Teaching is becoming more challenging with the advent of these new technologies. These technologies make the world smaller and more accessible. And since most students are into these “in” things, teachers must know how to take advantage of the things that catch students’ attention and interests.
    Children nowadays are encouraged to study to be globally competitive. Students are trained not just to achieve their dreams but also to conquer the world. Hence, teachers connect with other people from across the globe to build networks of classrooms. In this new age, students may stay in the four walls of the classroom, physically, but they can expand their classroom to the whole world. They can share their ideas to the whole world.
    These are all made possible with the expeditious development of tools and resources available in the worldwide web.

  11. A few years ago, blogs were very rare on the Internet, today practically everyone has one. It must be said that its use has surely played a role compared to the traditional site that requires more computer knowledge. Blogs are, by nature, informative since it is a place where a person writes about his passion, therefore when looking for information, one has more chance of finding it on a blog than on a site. We normally find a picture or a page where this person gives details about his / her self. Moreover, visitors can usually leave a comment on an article that they found interesting which allows to have a real interactivity.

    For some persons, it’s a daily update and people appreciate it and it pushes them to come every day or every week to read the latest articles. When you like a thing, you always want to be aware of new things and blogs help to fill this need. So why not on classroom, with students or even as a tool in our lessons, etc.

    Before I did not know how to use microblog, especially Twitter. As a result of the usefulness of microblogs, I created a Twitter for my class. At the time, I had no other intention than to add to the communications with the students and the parents. Who knows, however, where all this will end? The use of network technologies ends up being determined not by the designers but by the community.

  12. Insights from the reading assignment:

    We come to hear that the “world is flat” that the world is a “small village”, but we never stop and ask ourselves about the facts behind transferring our world into a mere small village? Is it media? Is it mobility? Or is it technology? Maybe all these factors melt together to offer us a world, a virtual one indeed, with less borders and limitations. The world we are living in today is characterized by what we may refer to as hyper connectivity; everyone is into gadgets, engrossed in their devices and phones. Technology is reaching every tiny corner in the universe and education has also taken its share from technology’s impact.
    Our students are always connected, and they seem to be happier while using technology. I do believe that as teachers we should benefit from this fact to the maximum to make the teaching/ learning process much fun, easy and purposeful. Technology is offering a vast world with multiple choices and options, indeed, blogs are one of such options. Blogs usually endow both teachers and students with a solid platform to communicate, express, and to get outside the limits of traditional classrooms.
    The virtual world is apparently blessed with variety of tools where we can easily find some micro blogs like Twitter for instance. How can we use Twitter for educational purposes? This remains debatable but I do personally believe that it is a tool to develop our students’ communicational skills, critical thinking and to also improve or trigger their sense of creativity. These platforms do apparently offer to students and teachers a space where they can share their thoughts, express their ideas, and where they can go beyond the limited walls of their classrooms.

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