It is rare that we come across empirical data that supports what we believe through our own practice, but thanks to Bach at Plethora of Technology I was made privy to a blogging study (Collaborative Blogging as a Means to Develop Elementary Expository Writing Skills ) done at the University of Florida.
The researchers looked at a group of third grade students who were given the task of researching a Native American tribe and producing a five-paragraph essay as the end result of the writing process. What they found were intended and inadvertent results that varied from
- Collaborative blogging helped improve students’ attitudes
- Students transferred knowledge learned during the
collaborative blogging project to other academic and social facets of classroom.
- Collaborative blogging enabled differentiated instruction while
ensuring everyone met with at least some success.
The list of questions asked prior to and post the blogging project tells the tale of student learning and engagement better than any other measure. As a rule, conducting a meaningful survey of your students before and after their learning experience is a portal into the actual changes that took place within the child.
Drexler, Wendy, Kara Dawson, Richard E. Ferdig. "Collaborative Blogging as a Means to ." Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education 6(2007):