Mishalish Insight

Friday, September 09, 2005

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In a nutshell of describing myself, Michelle Katchur, I would have to say that I am an adventerous individual who is eager to discover life and learn new things. I come from the small city of Cranbrook, BC, but have taken time to travel and discover my vast country of Canada. I have previously studied in Nova Scotia and just recently spent my last semester at Université Laval in Québec. I have a passion for travelling, which I have done so in the past through humanitarian work and for personal pleasure. I plan to continue to fulfill this passion in the future along with my desires of serving others through the venue of teaching.

My thoughts on the world of blogging:

My impressions on blogging within the school is a positive one, as it has many advantages for both students and teachers. Presently many students are quite knowledgeable about the uses of internet and blogging, and may even blog for recreational purposes. With this in mind, blogging is a fun way for students to actively participate in a communicative tool that will incorporate reading, writing, editing, critical thinking, reflective, and management skills. Students are able to take a more active role in their education, creating more independent learning.

Blogging creates an easily accessible network between teachers, students, colleagues and parents. It provides an opportunity for parents to become more involved in their child's school life. It provides a chance for students to interact about classroom assignments and gain other perspectives than just the teacher's. It provides and opportunity to learn through teaching/mentoring between fellow students developing skills of cooperative learning.

There are of course a few disavantages to blogging. It happens to be limited in availability. Students from lower income families are less likely to have internet access at home, therefore, less likely to participate. Blogging can be very time consuming in that it will take much classroom time to explain the how to's. As well, due to blogging being quite public, teacher regulation and oversight could in itself take up much time. Problems could arise from students misue or failure to follow guidelines in blogging.

Blogging, like any other new technologies, has many new opportunities and advantages, but as well needs percaution and research before bringing into the classroom.


"Academics can become too insular, constructing their own language and cliques which do nothing to promote the getting of knowledge "
Esther Maccallum-Stewart, Sussex University (BBC webpage)


At 7:10 AM, Blogger Dale said...

Hi Michelle:
Quebec is a wonderful province and Quebec City especially so. Access to the technology is a real issue but schools can help by making labs available before and after class, as well as by trying more innovative ways of scheduling access time.


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