Will Richardson included on one of yesterday’s blog postings, quotes from two students, who were blogging in a summer class being taught by beginning edublogger, Pat Aroune. I thought that both quotes were especially telling about education and the potential impact that blogging can have as a learning technology. It’s giving voice to learners.
Here is the first quote:
Iâ€™ve learned in a way that tailors to my interests, what with using the internet to its fullest extent and writing about things that I am interested in. I would write about things like snowboarding, soccer, filmaking, eating, sleepingâ€¦ whatever I wished, as long as I related it to economics. After doing this for a while, I started to realize that I was learning much faster than I would have normally by reading a boring (sorry, they almost always are) textbook. Not only could I write about things that I like and post them, but others could view those posts, as could I theirs, and consequently learn from their experiences and interests as well.
Now, what does this say to you?
This second quote is a bit less enthusiastic about blogging. However, I think that there is an important message here as well. What do you think it is?
To be quiet honest, Iâ€™ve become so accustomed to the â€œold skoolâ€ way of learning through the textbook and lectures, taking tests, and writing essays, that itâ€™s just how I learn the easiest. Itâ€™s all Iâ€™ve known. How is this blogging thing gonna really help me? How am I even gonna know what to do? What does my teacher expect from me and how will I be able to meet those expectations? That was the main question right there. Iâ€™ve found that I learn in a way that requires a lot of structure. Someone tells me what to do and how they want it done, and like the mindless little nerd-monkey that I am, I do it.
Please post a comment with your insights about either or both of these student quotes.
This is a blog assignment for administrators I am working with in Ontario. However, anyone can participate in this discussion.