Jan 18 2012
The students at PDS, with the help of their teacher, started this blog in order to help out everyone interested in or taking a class on environmental science. Having a class blog is something that not only benefits the students who “run” it, but also helps out around the world for curious individuals seeking some extra help about Environmental Science.
Overall, this blog is a very handy tool as it is a place that you can ask questions, summarize a day’s notes for students who have missed class, and/or post any interesting issue or events that pertain to environmental science – one student described it as interactive inquisition! Having this tool available online also assists the teacher when it comes to test preparation. The day before test, students always have some issue that need a little more clarification. So to reduce the amount of repeated questions that one teacher must answer, having one shared blog between the class allows for the question of one to help others. A student agrees as she stated that the posts before tests are really helpful because sometime people ask questions that she didn’t realize she also didn’t know the answer to. Another perk of the online tool is it keeps things organized with categories and tags as well as our class syllabus and websites that are helpful tools. Additionally, having this blog open to the public allows individuals from all over the world to ability to comment on post left by students. They can challenge or agree with the posts, but this opportunity helps keep an open minds about some topics.
When asking fellow students to say something they didn’t like about the blog, it was hard to find any critiques. It seemed as though everyone loved the blog! Although it has its upsides, it also may not be for everyone. Having this blog makes all classwork and notes more internet based which some people may not like. Some students would rather have handouts and come in for help from the teachers themselves rather than reading the lesson online from someone else’s perspective. One thing I do not like about the blog is that it allows for a lot of bias when asked to post what is relevant about that days notes. But other than that, the blog has served everyone well this past semester!