Infomancy n. 1.The field of magic related to the conjuring of information from the chaos of the universe. 2.The collection of terms, queries, and actions related to the retrieval of information from arcane sources.

School Library Blogging

November 28th, 2005 by infomancy

Michael Stephens writes at Tame the Web about the use of educational blogging to connect schools in Michigan and New York. What was really great to see in his coverage of an article from the Battle Creek Enquirer, was that the teacher in Michigan knew to go to her school librarian to have the blog set up. Why? Because blogs, like libraries, are about the information and the conversation; not the technology. If you read the article, you will see what I mean about the conversation. I wonder if an essay assignment (with the teacher as the only audience) wouldn’t have elicited the same level of responses?

I wish I could read more of the students’ writing, but since their blog is being hosted on blogspot.com it is, of course, blocked. This is where something like edublogs.org is a great way to create a safe place for school blogs. It is a pity that both edublogs.org and learnerblogs.org are blocked here.

Anyway, here is a shout out to Margaret Lincoln, the library media specialist at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek Michigan. Go infomancy!

2 Responses to “School Library Blogging”

  1. Carol Terburg Says:

    I’m the English teacher in Battle Creek who works with Margaret Lincoln, and I have one small correction in the statement above. She is the one who came to me with the idea; she created and moderated the Blog, and I’m so thankful that she did. We were in constant collaboration with Honey Kern in Cold Spring Harbor, New York about the new topics that students were given each week. It was truely a wonderful experience, and I would encourage others to try it. As for the comparison to an essay, the blog didn’t replace essay writing; in fact, it didn’t replace journal writing. It was a new and exciting way to allow us to get into our students’ minds and get them to dig a little deeper by feeding off each other’s comments, a long distance discussion, if you will. I definitely want to give my future students the experience.

  2. Christopher Harris Says:

    Carol,
    Many thanks for the comment and the correction. The newspaper article wasn’t clear. Either way, it is great to hear that the Margaret is marketing what she can do to help teachers! What did you find in comparing the writing styles for the essays, journals, and blogs? Was there a difference (or did one emerge) as students responded to a larger audience?