Didactic Experiences with Blogs in Training Teachers: Writing in Digital Media to Develop Professional Competences

By Rosario Neira-Piñeiro, Lourdes Villalustre and M. Esther DelMoral.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Blogs are a very useful tool for learning to write, read, and communicate in digital media. Due to their extreme versatility and simplicity to publish multi-format contents, blogs can be used in several ways. In this paper, we present three different didactic experiences with blogs in higher education, which have been done in the Primary Teacher's Degree. All of them were oriented to develop specific competences, mainly digital and linguistic, as well as interpersonal and systemic ones. The first didactic experience involved the performance of a children’s literature blog. Students chose children’s books and wrote reviews. The purpose of this activity was to improve the linguistic and literary competence of the future teachers and to encourage the exchange of information and opinion about children’s literature. In another formative application of blogs, students created a digital magazine, conceived as an area for research, creation, and expression. Thus, we dealt with several journalistic genres in order to get writing skills in new media, through collaborative teamwork. Finally, we present an experience in which a blog was used as an e-portfolio. In this case, the students uploaded to the blog their most representative practices of the subject “Technology and Communication in Education.” Here, the blog has been used as a formative and assessment strategy to evaluate the specific competence level acquired during the course. The results reveal the high level of student’s participation, motivation, and involvement. They achieved an increment of digital skills, data management, ability to analyse and synthesize, ability to make decisions and writing skills. Finally, they improved their interpersonal abilities to work in a team and to develop cross-curricular projects, as well as critical and self-critical skills.

Keywords: Blogs, Training Teachers, Digital Literacy

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.51-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 764.841KB).

Dr. Rosario Neira-Piñeiro

Professor, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

PhD. Rosario Neira-Piñeiro is a lecturer in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at the University of Oviedo, where she teaches language and literature and their teaching methods. She is one of the researchers in the Tecn@ Technology and Learning group, along with M. Esther Del-Moral, director, and Lourdes Villalustre. She has published works about literature and cinema, film adaptation and the use of audiovisual media and screenwriting in language teaching. At this moment, her research is centered on children's literature and reading habits, and the formative use of digital and audiovisual media.

Lourdes Villalustre

Professor, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

PhD. Villalustre is a lecturer in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at the University of Oviedo (Spain). She is teaching Information Communication Technologies (ICT) applied to Education. She has collaborated as a visiting researcher at various universities and foreign institutions: CSLP (Montreal, Canada); ITD (Genova, Italy), USMP (Lima, Peru), Lisbon (Portugal). Her research focuses on analyzing the impact of new technologies in education as elements of disruptive innovation, emotional intelligence, the digital storytelling and divergent thinking; augmented reality in education; new learning platforms (Scratch) and creativity.

Prof. M. Esther DelMoral

Professor, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

PhD. Del-Moral is a Professor in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at the University of Oviedo (Spain). She is teaching Information Communication Technologies (ICT) applied to Education. Master in Educational Technologies. Director of Tecn@ Research Group, her research interests include designing and testing hypermedia learning resources, e-Learning and cognitive styles and the networks and Web applications in the learning technologies, videogames and education, media literacy, social media. Visiting researcher in Calgary (Canada), Friebourgh (Germany), Poitiers (France) and Genova (Italy).