USE OF BLOGS AS EDUCATIONAL MEDIA –The use of blogs in education has also increased sharply, although in general only teachers and instructors are using this media, while few students are active users.
In December 2002 Teresa Ross Embrey; created a guide for librarians on how to use blogs to improve research skills. He defines a blog as an amalgamation of a diary, a website, and an online community
Ross Embrey said that more and more educators are using blogs as a medium to communicate with students and academia. In line with Ross Embrey, Laurel A Clyde believes that there are many advantages to using blogs as a learning medium. A number of schools have used blogs as a source of information for lesson plans, curricula, and other learning materials. Blogs can also serve as social networks for teachers to share any information to improve their professionalism.
In terms of supporting the educational function, blogs have been widely used to advertise library services and link to other libraries so that the information obtained can be richer. For example, at the University of Drexel, librarians use blogs to optimize the functionality of their existing digital libraries.
READ ALSO : List of Players Leaving Manchester United
In Indonesia, the use of blogs as an educational medium is still very limited. There are two conditions that cause this. First, the number of people who have access to the internet is still very small when compared to the total population of Indonesia. Second, for the lower middle class, internet access is still relatively expensive. In educational cities such as Yogyakarta, Surakarta, and Malang the average price of internet access per hour is Rp. 3000,-. Meanwhile, the average daily income of Indonesian people is only Rp. 20,000. As a result, most people use internet access to receive and send email, play games, read news online, and other light entertainment activities. People rarely access the internet to find academic information. With these conditions, blogs can provide an alternative for the public to disseminate and obtain scientific and academic information in an easy, inexpensive, and fun way. Third, especially for students at the SD/MI level, access to computers is still very limited. The number of computers is usually not sufficient to be able to facilitate all students.