The Art of Knowledge
I have been scouting around again today on the RSS feeds and have now noticed the surge of "blogging being used in education" posts. So I got all excited to hear some really good ideas.
- Today's comments about using weblogs for electronic portfolios are absolutely timely for me. This afternoon, I'm to meet with the director of our M.A.T. program for elementary teachers, and with an adjunct technology instructor to begin planning portfolios in which the MATers capture 'work samples,' including, we hope, streamed video clips. I see many aspects of the utility of including instructor commentary as documentation of process, so would love to share notes with you as we progress. When I wear my English teacher hat--less and less frequently, unfortunately--I like the idea of incorporating the digital audio commentary that I give students while they develop their work. But I'm not audioblogging at all yet...So much to do just to keep the bugs from totally infesting our version of Frontier. (We crash chronically.)
- Excellent summary of blogging trends in education and the challenges to make blogging a more personal option for students. Can we call it "Personal free range blogging" that is organic and authentic. Would we need a tool that provides both private and public blogging spaces. Just like a journal, we can keep writing private, private to a group of invited friends or mentors, and the public. I wonder if Manila or other apps can be modified to offer this from one weblog, and not two or more.
- It's that second part that almost requires the conversation take place publicly or privately. It's great when people decide to get actively engaged in the dialogue; I know I don't take the time to comment on other people's posts as much as I'd like. But the silent conversation with all of them is ongoing. And it's what continually pushes my own thinking and my own writing. What I want, obviously, is that it do that for my students as well. I want them to find writers that they can tap into for ideas and inspiration and talk back to them in whatever form that might take. Definitely a goal I'll be shooting for this upcoming quarter...
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