I located and bookmarked (and should also list in Diigo) many great blogs. The resources this week were really helpful. I loved the idea of using blogs as a way to be a life long learner and loved the perspective that this is critical to promote learning among our students. YES!
I created a private account at Bloglines based on recommendations. I added most of the public health blogs below as RSS feeds under a tab labeled “public health”.
Now, I get my own tailored public health “newspaper” daily.
These blogs could also be used to enhance learning in many ways.
First, students may choose one blog (or more) and use the journal or discussion board to summarize and evaluate the postings, every other week or so. This would allow the students to serve as the reporters and teach one another. We know that students retain 90% when they teach to others (as opposed to only 5-10% from a lecture!) so this would be an effective activity to introduce students to CURRENT public health topics. Here are some of the blogs I bookmarked that I could allow students to choose from for this activity:
- http://wp.vcu.edu/cbuttery/ “Flash News Blog” summarizes recent events and recent RESEARCH findings written by a PhD trained academic.
- http://buysafeeatwell.org/blog “Buy Safe Eat Well” is written by the consumer union and provides updates as well as advocacy opportunities.
- http://www.healthjournalism.org/blog/ “Covering Health” is written for health journalists, but could be effective for all interested in learning the latest in public health news and policy.
- http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/ “Well Blog” is a NYT blog focused on health and wellness with a lifestyle and behavior change focus.
- http://healthcare-economist.com/ “Healthcare Economist” is focused on the economics of healthcare written by a doctoral level trained public health practitioner.
- http://brodyhooked.blogspot.com/ “Hooked: Ethics, Medicine, and Pharma” is about the interplay among the three in the title written by a PhD, MD trained academic.
- http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/ “The Pump Handle” is an environmental health blog written by two PhD trained academics.
In addition, I would like to expand the above activity and encourage students to pursue the web for blogs in their specific public health interest areas. These resources could be shared with others efficiently through a course Wiki.
Here are TT1221 resources:
- Learning with Blogs and Wikis (this piece is oriented toward the teacher blogging for professional development) http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/feb09/vol66/num05/Learning_with_Blogs_and_Wikis.aspx
- Blogs in Education http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2009/04/blogs-in-education.html
- Blogs in Education http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7XiCg_wpzE
- Maha cherif talk about Wikis in Education http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eltMryuXnU