Edublogging at Science Blogging 2008: London

The Science Blogging 2008: London conference will highlight the wide variety of science blogging that has evolved in recent years. I haven't seen anybody trying to create formal categories, but I see research blogging, conference blogging, watercooler blogging, comic strip blogging – and edublogging. Breakout session 5 of the conference is called Science blogs and online forums as teaching tools. Oliver Obst, Jeff Marlow and myself will try to organize an interesting panel discussion on the topic. Edublogging covers a wide range of topics, as you can guess when looking at these (random) science education blogs:

The last blog is especially interesting. It is hosted by Edublogs. They not only provide a hosting platform for teacher and student blogs, but also offer special features that are especially useful for educational blogging, e.g. managing and aggregating student blogs and sharing material.

My interest in this topic started when we began the Good Paper Journal Club here on Nature Network. Some questions I would like to address in the session include:

  • How are educators (professors, teachers, etc.) using blogs?
  • How are students using blogs?
  • How are science libraries using blogs?
  • Are there special features required for edublogging, e.g. team blogs, restricted access, sharing of documents?
  • Do university administrators facilitate blogging on education?

Please leave your comments either here or in the Science Blogging 2008: London forum.

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3 Responses to Edublogging at Science Blogging 2008: London

  1. Martin Fenner says:

    Thanks to “Bora”:http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2008/07/ins_and_outs_of_academia.php, I found this wonderful blog post from Wednesday: “Graduate students and blogging”:http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/meta/graduate-students-blogging-2008.html. The author, John Hawks, wrote another blog post relevant to many science bloggers earlier this week: “How to blog, get tenure and prosper: Starting the blog”:http://johnhawks.net/weblog/topics/meta/tenure-blog-prosper-2008.html.
    Earlier this year, Bora “linked”:http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2008/01/best_education_blogs.php to a list of “most popular”:http://www.livemocha.com/pages/resources/education-blog-list education blogs. And similar to Edublogs, “21classes”:http://www.21classes.com/ is also hosting blogs for students with some features important for edublogging.

  2. Martin Fenner says:

    Oops, I forgot to mention “ScienceRoll”:http://scienceroll.com/ by “Berci Mesko”:http://network.nature.com/profile/mesko that won an award as “best individual edublog 2007″:http://edublogawards.com/2007/best-individual-edublog-2007/.

  3. Jane Goodwin says:

    I am delighted to see Steve Spangler’s blog listed here, as my family is an avid user of his fantastic Experiment of the Week. http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment-of-the-week.html?source=blog
    We love the fact that Steve Spangler’s information is absolutely free, unlike some other science bloggers (Robert Krampf, for example) who charge twenty dollars or more for “all” of their information.
    Thank you for including Steve Spangler on your list. Discovering his website has certainly made a HUGE impact on my family.