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From Web 2.0 is the future of Education:
I believe that the read/write Web, or what we are calling Web 2.0, will culturally, socially, intellectually, and politically have a greater impact than the advent of the printing press. I believe that we cannot even begin to imagine the changes that are going to take place as the two-way nature of the Internet begins to flower, and that even those of us who have spent time imagining this future will be astounded by what happens. I'm going to identify ten trends in this regard that I think have particular importance for education and learning, and then discuss seven steps I think educators can take to make a difference during this time.

Hargadon, Steve. "Web 2.0 is the Future of Education." Weblog entry. 5 Mar. 2008. TechLearning Blog.
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Should we cite blogs as Primary Resources?

Can a blog be a primary resource?
We are only as good as our sources

Publish then Filter World by Will Richardson

From Web 2.0 Meets Information Fluency: Evaluation
Blogs require new types of examination. Some questions learners might ask as they evaluate blogs:
  • Who is the blogger? With so many blogs offering spotty or nonexistent “about” pages, this may be a clue in itself.
  • What sorts of materials is the blogger reading or citing?
  • Does this blogger have influence? Is the blog well-established? Who and how many people link to the blog? Who is commenting? Does this blog appear to be part of a community? (The best blogs are likely to be hubs for folks who share interests with the blogger.) Tools like Technorati and Blogpulse can help learners assess the influence of a blog.
  • Is this content covered in any depth, with any authority?
  • How sophisticated is the language, the spelling?
  • Is this blog alive? It there a substantial archive? How current are the posts?
  • At what point in a story’s lifetime did a post appear? Examining a story’s date may offer clues as to the reliability of a blog entry.
  • Is the site upfront about its bias? Does it recognize/discuss other points of view? (For certain information tasks–an essay or debate–bias may be especially useful. Students need to recognize it.)
  • If the blogger is not a traditional “expert,” is this a first-hand view that would also be valuable for research? Is it a unique perspective?

    How to cite a blog (if we do)
    Son of Citation Machine