Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2018)
An investigative study on the use of blogs as an educational tool by student-teachers of Delhi state
Author(s): Monika Singh, Purnima Gupta, Vandana Goswami
Abstract: Indian Education System has seen many a new modifications and transitions, but the desire of having a high tech education accessible to all as per today’s needs and requirements seems far to be achieved. With the recent launch of digital India campaign by our prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, it is expected that digitalization would promote many of areas including education. In order to enable our students in the modern technological world, education also should have technology as its base. As all educational reforms start with Teacher Education, there is a need to enhance the capacity of student teachers in the technological areas. Technological innovations have an important effect on altering the educational standards as they are based on constructivism theory, wherein knowledge rather than being transmitted through instruction is constructed, or created by the learners themselves with the help of their own cognitive structures. Almost all teacher education programmes, today, have incorporated ICT as a compulsory subject in their curriculum. Technological tools like blogs are reforming students into learners, preparing them for a future that is driven by peer production and networked learning. This article reports a study in which approximately 100 student-teachers were trained in creating and using a blog for educational purposes. Their views about the needed skills and the problems faced in using the blogs were collected using a perception scale. Percentage analysis was used to draw inferences from the collected data. Over 75% of the respondents said that a blog as a tool helps in the development and enhancement of ICT skills among student teachers. The respondents felt strongly that ICT is an enriching experience of learning and it also aids their understanding of technological interventions in the curriculum. According to them blogs expand future prospects of teaching profession and knowledge construction. Though most of the respondents agreed that ICT tools can make education more effective, 80% of them felt that there were many challenges and problems which needed to be addressed when working with ICT tools. According to them, availability of facility, internet connectivity and regular maintenance are major areas of concern.