The educated blogger: Using Weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom

Abstract

This article explores the role of weblogs in promoting literacy in classroom settings. Literacy remains paramount in learning, not only for language development, but also as the foundation of all academic disciplines including science and mathematics. Storytelling ignites literacy and remains an important part of life from childhood through adulthood. Weblogs resemble personal journals or diaries and provide an online venue where self-expression and creativity is encouraged and online communities are built. Therefore weblogs provide an excellent tool where storytelling and literacy advance for both individual expressions and collaborative learning. Furthermore, weblogs can be used across academic disciplines, making it a viable tool for educational technologists. The Internet continues to generate new applications that not only foster individual expression, but also cohesive community development. Current research in computer-mediated communication (CMC) environments such as chat rooms, newsgroups, and multiuser domains (MUDs) have revealed interesting trends in the way individual identity is presented, language is used, and interactions have transpired One of the latest developments in CMC is the weblog, or " blog. " Blogs are personal journals made up of chronological entries, not unlike a paper diary.

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