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The educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom (19 Jul 2004)
Because blogs seem so popular with the youth, it is hard to ignore the implications for educational technology. Can blogs enhance learning environments? Can they be used in classroom settings? This paper hypothesizes that blogs can be an important addition to educational technology initiatives because they promote literacy through storytelling, allow collaborative learning, provide anytime-anywhere access, and remain fungible across academic disciplines.

In order to justify this hypothesis, this paper will proceed as follows: First, it will look at the importance of literacy in children and adolescent development. Next, it will juxtapose storytelling as a catalyst for advancing literacy. Third, it will explore ways in which blogs can be used in the classroom for both individuals and groups, and across several disciplines. It will also demonstrate some examples already in use in classroom settings. Finally, this paper will conclude with recommendations and future research implications.
Article URL: http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_6/huffaker/index.html

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