How blogging may help students deepen their learning

If you would like to find out about how and why weblogs (‘blogs’) might be used to enhance learning watch this interesting video: http://lindsayjordan.edublogs.org/2009/05/29/blogging-with-students-how-and-why/ or read Lindsay’s full paper at:

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddj42whm_48g4n924f6

I will soon be undertaking a field trip to Crete during which students will maintain a blog to enable individual and collaborative reflection on events and issues they experience.

Exploration is fundamental to Geography and Geographers have a long history of sharing their travel observations with the public through publication in books and journals. Blogging provides a new outlet for this oldest geographical tradition and the blogs written in Crete will feature other Web 2.0 technologies including photo sharing, video and twitter.

Results to follow…

Crete 2007

Short video of a University of Reading Geography field class to Khora Sphakion, Crete in June 2007. The whole region was gripped by a heat wave and temperatures exceed 40 degrees every day. It’s tough work but someone’s got to do it…


Video was filmed by Ken Beard and the music is Neil Diamond’s “Talking Optimist Blues” from his 1996 “Tennessee Moon” album. Neil Diamond currently has three albums in the UK top-11.