At least that’s according to a couple of physicians who maintain a blog about "neurolearning". I have no idea what that is – or even if it’s a real specialty – but it sure sounds authentic, doesn’t it?
Anyway, reviewing the recent tremendous growth in blogging got them to the question "What effect is all this blogging having on the brains of bloggers?".
According to the two doctors, any kind of mental activity, of the kind created when writing a rant like this, causes the structure of the brain to change, altering not only what we think but how as well.
So, what does that have to do with blogging? They spotlight five ways they believe the process can stimulate changes in thinking.
1. Blogs can promote critical and analytical thinking.
2. Blogging can be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking.
3. Blogs promote analogical thinking.
4. Blogging is a powerful medium for increasing access and exposure to quality information.
5. Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction.
Read that list over carefully. Those are precisely the qualities most of us as teachers would love to see developing in our students as they progress through school. The ability to think for themselves as opposed to serving up the thinking of others.
Just from this one post I’m not ready to evangelize blogs as the magic wand to develop higher thinking skills in our kids. However, with the right guidance, it could be one powerful tool to get them started in that direction.
Thanks to Kevin Drum for the link.