Last spring I blogged about a research project that Etty Rosen, a researcher from Israel, was doing about my classroom blog. She sent questionnaires to each of the parents in my class, asking them to rate a wide range of items including Internet access, visits to our blog and involvement with their child. She recently finished compiling the data, and was kind enough to send me a copy of her spreadsheet. Some of the results are below. It is interesting to note that three years ago, less than one third of the children in my classroom had Internet access at home. That has changed dramatically.
The results are overall very positive. Obviously, I wouldn’t keep blogging with my students unless I felt it was valuable, but it is nice to have some research to back up what I think is happening.