Using a group blog to enhance reflection of student teachers
Friday, March 7 11:00-11:20 AM Location: Royale Skybox 206
Presider: Kamini Jaipal-Jamani, Brock University, Canada
Abstract: Blogs are one of the popular emerging technologies. Many people create blogs to express their opinions, post announcements, and communicate with particular audience. In the field of education, blogs are still not widely used and research is needed to explore the possibilities and effectiveness. In teacher education programs, field practice is required for all preservice teachers. In our program, student teachers are spread in different schools. To increase interaction among student teachers, the author created a group blog. It is hoped that the group blog connects student teachers across schools and provides opportunities to reflect on their teaching experiences. The study investigates the effectiveness of using group blogs during student teachers’ filed practice. This study is still ongoing and will end in November 2007. The purpose of the presentation is sharing the results of the study and the author will discuss advantages and disadvantages of using group blogs.