Blogging: A Pathway to Promote Classroom Engagement and Critical Thinking Skills
Christopher McGilvery, Angelo State University, United States ; Crystal Elliott, San Angelo Independent School District, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This study explores the use of blogging for educational purposes. Blogging is a digital learning environment educators can easily facilitate to engage, motivate, and promote higher order thinking skills for student learning. Digital tools surround our daily lives and it is important for teachers to implement these tools in the classroom. Research suggests that students are inspired to take risks in a digital learning environment by posting insightful and reflective assignments such as: chapter reflections, discussions, video reflections, multi-media projects and their own creative pieces. Blogging has a positive impact on students’ abilities to learn effectively so a digital learning environment, implemented in any content areas, would likely improve both classroom engagement and critical thinking skills.
McGilvery, C. & Elliott, C. (2011). Blogging: A Pathway to Promote Classroom Engagement and Critical Thinking Skills. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2578-2581). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).