It’s on the HuffPost Third Metric Healthy Living Section… its based on My Diet Soda Addiction and work I did on the subject in Jonathan Latiano’s class. I have more ideas and need to expand on it for many reasons including making myself more healthy. So far there is only one blog and it includes the video of my Diet Soda Addiction dress and presentation.
As I started down this rabbit hole, I found that many artists and art teachers use blogs to share lesson plan ideas and outcomes. For example, a quick google search yielded the following article recommending 20 art-blogs for educators: www.onlinedegrees.org/top-20-art-blogs-for-educators. The featured sites included blog.art21.org, art junction.org/blog, carrot revolution.blogspot. But these sites generally did not have examples of specific uses of blogs in the classroom. Rather, they will be good references for future digital and non digital art projects.
Seeking out “classroom blogs” provideded more relevant hits regarding how blogs are used in the classroom and provided excellent examples. The best assortments of blogs I found was on Edublogs.org. This website highlights and provides examples of what a blog can do for a classroom, whille highlighting Edublog’s structural blogging platform. The site includes many examples of classroom blog ideas which were presented in an attractive multimedia format, including word content and layout and featuring drawings that moved.
Meanwhile, other blogs highlighted the structural things that a teacher must consider and address before utilizing a blog in conjunction with a class. See, e.g., Teachers first.com/content/blog/opening doors. There is a lot of ground work to lay, such as obtaining permission from the school principal and then permissions from the parents. The Glencoe.com website also provides blogging platforms, and includes a discussion of four basic ways to utilize blogs in a classroom:1) classroom management, 2) collaboration;3) discussions; and 4) student portfolios. Additional functionalities can be added to some blogs with the addition of tools like surveys which can be utilized to test student understanding or vote on project ideas.
I was blown away by the article Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture. There is a lot I am unfamiliar with. Like the terms “skinning”, “modding” and “machima.” And I have never been on I Love Bees, Sim City, The Sims (or the Sims 2), Neopets, Friendster, Alphaville, My Space, Live Journal, or played the games Supercharged, My Pop Studio or Civilization. The amount I do not know is staggering. But it is clear that I am not alone and I, lot many parents, am mystified by what lies beyond the box.
My main fear initially on the web was encountering porn sites or worms that would wipe out my system and I was taught to be suspicious of all of these cites I did not know — like a stranger who held out candy. It would be helpful to be walked through these new sites with my hand held, because I am a little scared to cross the street!
These concerns aside, I felt that the authors were correct in their characterization of the world. It is a “hyper mediated environment” and kids and adults need to know how to navigate it. The authors did a nice job of breaking down 11 categories of learning that can be accessed through or enhanced by this media. The authors were also correct that media literacy should not be an add on but integrated into the process of learning core subjects. There were a lot of helpful examples of how to experientially teach such things as the development of critical thinking (judgment, or “truthiness” as Jon Stewart characterizes it) and the power of collective intelligence.
One of the more powerful things they talked about was that the digital media world should be discussed in the real world, with parents and teachers in order to make the learning transparent, in order to assist in the development of ethics and the ability to assess the accuracy of what is on the internet.