Application to Learning & Education

As one of the first social media web tools, blogs have been applied in educational settings since the mid-1990s.  Different from forum/discussion boards, websites and wikis, blogs have evolved into a dynamic web-based vehicle for self-expression and creativity.  Blogs do not require advanced technical skills, which have made them popular for teaching and learning in K-12 learning environments.  Blogs offer an interactive presentation of learning material where the content can be offered as text or include multimedia applications such as video, audio, or graphics.  As a web-based application, blogs are optimal for computer-mediated communication (CMC) in distance education (Lai & Chen, 2011).



Demonstration of Technology

The following short video will demonstrate how easy it is to set-up and use a blog for educational purposes. In the video, I will briefly explain what a blog is. I will show you how we used WordPress to construct a blog that teaches other people about blogs using Camtasia. Camtasia is a popular audio-visual software that records sessions.  As you can see, our blog talks about the advantages and disadvantages of blogs, how to set-up a blog using WordPress, and the current and future uses of blogs, amongst other things.

– Jennifer Rausch