EDUCATION BLOGS: A COMPLETE AND COMPETENT TEACHING-LEARNING MODEL
1 Universidad de Zaragoza (SPAIN)
2 Colegio Público de Educación Infantil y Primaria López Marco (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-7 July, 2020
Location: Online Conference
The role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education has significantly increased. The incorporation of ICT in schools promotes more flexible and dynamic learning environment which involves not only students and teachers, but also encourages the participation and cooperation between families and the teaching staff. Blogs are new content development and management technologies that allow an interactive and intercreative engagement among students and between students and teachers. They are used as a technology support tool in teaching–learning processes in contemporary schools. Specifically, blogs have great potential as a tool in the field of education, since they can adapt to any discipline, educational level, or teaching method.
The aim of this work is to build an atmosphere for communication and collaborative knowledge correlated with teachers and fathers/mothers and to promote the learning participation by families, using education blogs.
The participants consists of fathers/mothers of the 3rd grade of Primary School (between 34-47 years of age), and students of the CEIP López Marco (Sollana, Valencia, Spain), all of whom completed an anonymous questionnaire (based on the validated questionnaires COGERE, Family-school relationship survey and Measure of Parenting Satisfaction and Efficacy). The main variables measured in the study were: habits of communication, use and access to the Internet, the participation, responsibility and self-sufficiency of the parents, as well as the satisfaction of the new tool in the classroom. Quantitative responses were coded and prepared for analysis using the statistical analysis software SPSS. Means, percentages, frequencies, and standard deviations of questionnaire items were calculated.
The results showed that all participants had access to Internet and also to the use of new technologies such as smartphone, laptop or tablet. The majority of the participants believed that blogs were a beneficial and effective instructional tool for learning. The first major principle the participants put forward with strong agreement was the ability of the blog to develop abilities and needs not only at the school. At the same time, we observed after families answered the questionnaire, a high positive correlation between the use of the Blog and the participation and responsibility with their children education. In addition, a positive correlation between self-reliance and satisfaction with the new tool in the classroom was found.
The implementation of ICT in the classrooms is useful to promote a more complete and competent teaching-learning model, increasing the participation and cooperation between families and the teaching staff. Blogs allow teachers to share links to other websites and blogs increasing the diversity of learning materials and the range of resources that can be used by the students.
Keywords: ICT, family, communication, blog, cooperation, teaching.