This semester I will be teaching Psychology again. One of the activities I find very valuable for the students is having them make connections between the material and their lives. Although this can be difficult at times, the students generally find that the connections seem to appear spontaneously. In the past, the students have submitted their findings through email. Not this year. This year my students will be blogging about their connections. My goal is to expose the students to a whole new world of writing. Blogging will make it possible to share their ideas with literally anybody, rather than just me. Hopefully we will be able to increase our audience, engage in continued conversation, and thus increase our understanding of the content.
If you blog or have your student blog, let me know. I would love to talk about how blogging has changed your classrooms.