LRNT 526 Final Reflection: Blogging

In my last blog post, I discussed the importance of meaningful interactions; particularly when interacting with people makes learning more enjoyable and meaningful (Hurst, 2013).

…I am inserting the following pause to reflect on the colour orange…because as we have seen in the news this weekend, interactions with people are not always more enjoyable and meaningful….

Although I was initially not fond of blogging because of the public display of my random thoughts and weak writing skills, I am beginning to see the benefits. Blogging provides a space for the lost opportunity for meaningful face-to-face classroom interactions. In other words, blogging offers an environment to foster student comments, questions, and discussions that typically happen in a face-to-face classroom. There is also an opportunity for previous students, new students, and other academics to join in on the discussions. Blogging may surpass the face-to-face classroom environment because blogging levels the playing field and allows the more introverted learners to silently express their thoughts rather than compete with the more extroverted learners in a face-to-face setting. 

As I finalize the last assignment for LRNT 526, a critical academic reflective paper that provides evidence of our analysis and synthesis of the critical inquiry we conducted, my thoughts on meaningful interactions have guided my research. Technologies in the K-12 face-to-face classroom, particularly smartphones, are useful tools to foster meaningful interactions between students and teachers. Although public blogging is not feasible at my school due to student privacy issues, applications within Moodle or Office 365 can create similar learning experiences. Smartphones, therefore, are essential tools in the post-pandemic face-to-face K-12 classroom, despite the potential harm they may create.

Reference

Hurst, B., Wallace, R., & Nixon, S. (2013). The impact of social interaction on student learning. Reading Horizons, 52(4). https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol52/iss4/5

 

2 thoughts on “LRNT 526 Final Reflection: Blogging

  1. Thank-you for your thoughtful post, Wendy. Like you, I too was uncomfortable with writing blogs. This could be perhaps from my past online learning experiences where students used forums to consider how they could share their ideas in the most convoluted way possible. However, we, (online students) have also gotten more skilled or comfortable with sharing our thoughts more publicly. I have to be thankful that, in a time of so much physical distance, that technology can support learning, but can supports communities in a time of grief.

  2. I identify with your initial thoughts about the blogging in this program, Wendy. I was uncomfortable with it at first as well, but the repetition and familiarity have made it feel more normal, and now I find myself sitting in anticipation of the notification indicating that someone has taken the time to read my post and respond. I love the interaction and the opportunity for deeper thought than what would be possible with short form discussion posts. I also agree with you that it gives more introverted students a voice and an opportunity to participate in discourse. This has always been my favourite benefit of online learning… the opportunity to learn from everyone involved, rather than a vocal minority.

    Your point about the necessity of the smart phone in a K-12 classroom is really interesting. My daughters don’t have cell phones… yet. I wonder, especially for the older of the two who is 12, how the lack of access to a phone is limiting her in a social sense… and now, perhaps, in an academic one. All of her friends have phones. Maybe it’s time to reconsider our position on this.

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