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By Stephen Downes
June 6, 2002

Weblogg-Ed Ever since I launched the MuniMall Newsletter I have been interested in what are now called blogs in education. For the record, the MuniMall Newsletter was launched in 1999 and I am laying claim to having created the first weblog used in education (unless someone can show me a prior one).

Anyhow, today we look at the use of blogs in education in some detail. This follows from a Wired News article published today about some journalists using blogs to teach jorunalism (see below). Tracing back from that site led me, through the links that comprise this issue of OLDaily, to this site (it pleases me to see that this site links even further back - to NewsTrolls, the blog I and some friends started in 1998).

Anyhow to get the most out of this site follow the links in the right hand column, including the 'History of Weblogs' site (a skewed version of the story by Dave Winer) and the 'Complete Guide to Weblogs' article, a glossary of major weblog terms and concepts. By Will Richardson, June 6, 2002 6:51 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Edcational Applications of Weblogs Overview site describing the uses of weblogs in education. This website (and a number of related websites and articles listed below) are worth looking at for those of you who were interested in my recent 'Distance Learning in the Daily News' presentation. "Blogs can be a useful resource for educators to find information related to their particular discipline or interests. In effect the blog allows colleagues to act as filters or judges of content form many sources and to allow as many editors as they like." By Anonymous, TAFE Frontiers, June 6, 2002 6:39 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

School Blogs Short discussion and a list of some school based web logs, including Peter Ford's 6F blog (see below) and the RMIT TAFE Frontiers blogging in education site. By Livewire, Sydney Morning Herald, May 16, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Weblogs in Education Blog about the use of weblogs in education (just the sort of recursive coverage you expect in the blogosphere). Check out the FAQ page for more information. By Peter Ford, June 6, 2002 6:20 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Bartholomeus Gasthuis Blog by Peter Ford and his 6F class in the British School in Amsterdam. This blog is mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald article (above) but not in the Wired news article (below). By Peter Ford, June 6, 2002 6:14 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

[alterego] Blog from an instructor referred to in the Wired News article on blogging. Lists a number of educational blogs, an educational blog ring (I thought web rings were dead - silly me). This one has been running for about a year, which makes it one of the oldest educational weblogs around. By Sarah Lohnes, June 6, 2002 6:07 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Blogging Goes Legit, Sort Of John Batelle, a co-founder of Wired magazine, and Paul Grabowicz, the Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism's new media program director, will be teaching a class about blogging this fall. Not everybody is impressed; one blogger says the program treats bloggers as a "vast pool of unpaid researchers who do a lot of leg work while the journalist gets the kudos in mainstream society and gets paid."

The article also contains some discussion of the use of blogs in classrooms along with the completely unsubstantiated assertion that "efforts to get students to participate in classroom blogs have, for the most part, fallen flat". My explorations today through the world of school weblogs shows, if anything, the opposite.

By Noah Shachtman, Wired News, June 6, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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