August 17, 2005

Edublogging - an ancient phenomenon

Blogging in classrooms is not a new idea, as I often point out, but via Will comes the revelation that it has been going on for five whole years in Barbara Ganley's High School. Barbara's own site refers to his milestone, but by clicking through a few of her posts you realise that she has some great projects on the go.

One that is of great interest to modern linguists is the Blogging Around the World project, even though it did put a horrible image of Francis Rossi and Nick Parfitt into my mind. (CORRECTION: Rick Parfitt. As I said to Pete, I think it shows a rather discerning taste in music to make a mistake in Parfitt's name.)

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That said, it makes for interesting reading and an interesting concept as independent travellers from three High Schools use each other's blogs, and the supportive comments from friends and teachers back home, to keep sane and think through what travel brings to them.

I'm just finding out all about constructivism, and I reckon this fits nicely into that theory. There! A constructivist blog post.

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Hi,

Just recently found your blog (and just recently started using blogs in school) At the moment I am using it with an Advanced Higher pupil who is working on a project as part of his Computing course. His blog not only allows me to keep track of what he is doing, but also will provide him with an electronic diary of his project which he should be able to use to document the project when he comes round to submitting it. Next step is to try the same idea out with my Standard Grade pupils when they are working on their projects.

Ian

Hi Ian,
Your project is exactly the kind of thing blogs are handy for. Best of luck in doing it with your younger computing class. How are you going to moderate it and keep tabs on so many blogs? I manage with just a few Advanced Higher blogs and some school ones. It's easy enough to see the comments ping into my email, but not the posts.

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