THE USE OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING AND BLOGGING AS AN EDUCATIONAL STRATEGY FOR TEACHING IN HIGH SCHOOL

A.L. Santana Galindo1, A.N. Castañeda-Sortibrán1, M.B. Negrete Vargas1, C. Araneda2, L. Pascual Calaforra3, R. Rodríguez-Arnaiz1

1Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (MEXICO)
2Universidad de Chile (CHILE)
3Universidad de Valencia (SPAIN)
Nowadays the aim of education is to build knowledge in new generations, adapted to the specific needs of time, hence is necessary to prepare the teaching-learning strategies to current generations in the classroom. We decided to use and analyze the Blog “Bioestudio54” (private) of the discipline Biology, to improve the communication between teacher and students and to increase the student´s motivation in a public high school that belongs to Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The blog was created in the first half of 2014, in order to be a collaborative space and joint production. We hypothesized that cyberspace improved production and processing of knowledge. We introduced in the blog “Project-Based Learning”exercises in one group and in other group we used this teaching strategy in the classroom. Our results show the responses in both groups were homogeneous (Standard Chi square X2 = 7.6933 ,df = 5, P - value = 0.174, Chi square simulating the P -value for Monte carlo, 1 million simulations, X2 = 7.6933 , P - value = 0.1826, fisher standard test P- value = 0.1742). Therefore we concluded that this teaching strategy is equally effective whether in the classroom or using a blog. Although the blog was perceived for students as a very pleasure studying resource (students personal communication).