Facebook, blogs, texts, computer games, instant messages… The ways in which we make meanings and engage with each other are changing. Are you a student teacher trying to get to grips with these new digital technologies? Would you like to find ways to make use of them in your classroom?
Digital technologies are an everyday part of life for students and this book explores the ways in which they can be used in schools. The authors provide insight into the research on digital technologies, stressing its relevance for schools, and suggest ways to develop new, more relevant pedagogies, particularly for social learning, literacy, and literate practices. With a practical focus, the examples and issues explored in this book will help you to analyze your own practice and to carry out your own small-scale research projects.
Explaining the theoretical issues and demonstrating their practical implementation, this topical book will be an essential resource to new student teachers in undergraduate and PGCE courses, and those returning to graduate study.
Chapter 5: Negotiating the Blogosphere: Educational Possibilities
Negotiating the Blogosphere: Educational Possibilities
It is a rainy November evening and a group of English teachers and Further Education (post-16) lecturers, are talking about Web 2.0 as a way of motivating disengaged learners. Julia is leading the discussion and provides examples of blogs produced by people outside of formal education. She shows a blog kept by a young Iraqi woman, Riverbend, who reflects on life in Baghdad and gives her viewpoint, in English, on her everyday life as a civilian in a war zone. Another example is a blog kept by a young female American soldier based in Iraq; she speaks of missing her family, of life in the base and of her reading. The contrasts and similarities are poignant ...