James Farmer’s new article, “Blogging for Education: How you SHOULD use blogs in education” contains some excellent suggestions for teachers at all levels using or contemplating the use of blogs with students. This article/posting is a shorter summary of a lengthier piece, also worth reading, titled “Blogs @ Anywhere: High fidelity online communication.”

For those (like me) trying to get their mind around the differences between more traditional learning management systems (LMS) and content management systems (CMS) like WebCT, Blackboard, etc and blogs, Farmer offers this clarification in the longer article:

“Whereas an LMS stores and presents all information on a centralised and hierarchical basis, bound within the subject and the organisation, blogs are distributed, aggregated, open and independent. Through the use of blogs, it is suggested that teachers and learners are becoming empowered, motivated, reflective and connected practitioners in new knowledge environments. The balance between individualised and centralised technologies is restored.”

Particularly exciting, I think, when it comes to the blogosphere is the potential for student postings in a particular class to be aggregated publicly aggregated river of news as Dave Winer has described.

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