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TUMBLR in class!

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Tumblr is a very popular social networking application, however, unfortunately most teenagers use it only to upload and view each other’s photos. One may justify their actions as its prime aim was for users to share media amongst each other; however, through time it was also discovered that Tumblr can also be used as an educational tool; a tool, which provides students with extra information to add to their knowledge. This resource is very simple to use, does not require any technical knowledge and once you get accustomed to it, it is quite fun. Tumblr is similar to Facebook, with the addition that one can re-blog others posts in a short period of time, making the article/assignment etc. visible to a large audience in a few minutes.

Teachers can use Tumblr to share articles and online resources which students can then access and be more informed about their subject. Students can even re-blog their teachers` articles and research, on their personal site. Furthermore, teachers can encourage students to develop their own videos or presentations, and post them on Tumblr. This encourages the students to be more creative and innovative; and will actually feel appreciated and rewarded when someone likes their posts or re-blog it. They can then analyse the number of views, the number of likes and whether it was re-blogged or not.

Teachers will also benefit from it as they can connect to other teachers, look at their work and uploads and get new ideas. This is very simple to do; just by writing keywords such as teaching in the search option. Moreover, teachers can use Tumblr as a course website and as “a lesson in content credibility” because if one considers the time that today students spend on the Internet and the credibility that they associate to it, it will become easier to concord with their philosophies and making them believe that something is true by posting it online.

This video below states some other advantages of Tumblr:

References:

http://www.edudemic.com/why-teachers-should-try-out-tumblr/

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2013/01/how-teachers-are-using-tumblr-in-the-classroom/

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One comment on “TUMBLR in class!

  1. bernice1994
    November 4, 2014

    As you already mentioned, most of the students use Tumblr for sharing photos with their friends. By using this tool in class, the educator won’t have to introduce it to his students and show them how to use it. Therefore, this will save the educator a lot of time. I also agree with you that once you start using Tumblr, one can become addicted and start re-blogging others post. Hence, students will be able to learn from each others post and be more motivated for learning.

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