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Blogging in the Adult Education Classroom

Blogging in the Adult Education ClassroomA Defense for Innovation


Points of DiscussionNeed for technologyWhat is Blogging?Innovation DiffusionBenefits-Students.Benefits-InstructorsImplementation

A Need for Technology in the Classroom

Technology is redefining educationReal world experienceLearners need to experience technologyAwareness is not enoughHands-on learningBlogging4

What is Blogging?Communication Technical/CreativePopular Wong, & Hew (2010)Knowledge Log

Development of BloggingNeed- To open broader forms of communicationIntended MarketGeneral PublicStudentsInstructorsPotential RoadblocksAvailabilityResourcesUser Confidence

Everett Rogers (2003)

CommercializationThe idea materializes into productKey transactions that commercialized bloggingPyra develops Blogger then Google purchases siteGoogle allows the selling of ads to blogsMySpace LaunchesWebLog Inc. is purchased by AOLLarger corporations back blogging financially

Innovation DiffusionKnowledge





A Timeline of Blogging AdoptionInnovationDecision processAdoptionTimeline1994- First Weblogs: Links.Net , Open Diary1997- Jorn Barger presents term Weblog1998-Open Diary is used to publish journals1999-Weblog becomes Blog (Peter Merholz)1999- Pitas (weblog tool) and Blogger are launched2002-Technorati-blog search engine launched2003- Google buys Blogger, My Space is Launched2007-technorati reports 112 million blogs in useRate of AdoptionAttributes of BloggingCompatibility


Early Adopters and Laggards InnovatorsClaudio PinhanezBrian LucasJorn BargerPeter MerholzJustin Hall

Early AdoptersPitasPyraGizmodoGoogle

Laggards in Blogging Adoption

The Field of EducationResistantWhy?Solution

ImplementationThrough this model of decentralized diffusion (Rogers,2003), blogging can be easily adopted.

Instructors are the change agentsPeer SupportExperimentationTime to AdoptWe have reached Critical MassCritical mass is reached when 10-20% of individuals in a system adopt an innovation (Rogers,2003).Adoption cannot be stoppedTime to get on board

10-20% Adoption(Rogers, 2003. p. 344.)

Add s curve to illustrate critical mass13The Champion Role

Encourage and SupportFailure to AdoptNeed forTechnologyIn the classroomBlogging canMeet that needAdvantages of BloggingNow is the timeto enter the age of technologyTeachersEasyFlexibleEnhance LearningFreeContent FriendlyAccessibleEngagingStudentsEasyCreativeAccessibleTech SkillsCommunityInteractiveBeyond the Classroom

Links for more information about BloggingArticle from McGraw Hill on how to set up a class blog with more resources and links on blogging creation and use in the classroom blog creation site geared for students and teachers of a blog I created owned blog site

Timeline links

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