Brief Description of a Mirror Blog
The name "mirror blog" comes from the fact that this type of blog is used for reflective activities. Mirror blogs are also referred to as “learning ePortfolios” within the educational blogging community. “An observation and pedagogical challenge often found in project-based design courses [such as Construction Studies and Design and Communication Graphics] is that students see what they have produced but do not see what they have learnt” (Chen et al. 2005). Introducing mirror blogs into your classroom can aid in solving this inherent problem with our subjects, as they give the pupils a medium through which they can reflect upon their day-to-day achievements/learning in a simple and multifaceted way, using text, pictures, voice recordings, videos, etc. This means that if a pupil finds it difficult to express themselves through the written word they have the ability to use other (perhaps more natural) forms of communication, “enabling students to make their knowledge explicit and visible for themselves as well as for others” (Chen et al. 2005) simply and most effectively for the individual.
This website has been created by Paul Leacy (0744034) in 2011 as part of his Final Year Project in the University of Limerick as part of the (B.Tech. Ed.) course in Materials and Construction Technology.