Friday, February 10, 2006

Once you have started using blogs in class, there are so many things to do and learn. One of the ways to learn about blogging in education is to have a look at what other people have already done in their blogs. You are thrilled each time when you come across some good educational blog - no matter whether it is a student's blog, class blog or teacher's blog. It is always useful to come across a list of some good educational blogs of each type for us, educators, to have a look at them and decide what is good for our own classes and what practises to use.
Another thing that seems to be very important is to learn about 'good practises' or techniques used by different people when using blogs in class. It would be a great help for those who have just started educational blogging as well as for those who have been doing it for a while to be able to put it all together.
There are so many things to discuss. For example, how to use collaborative blogging with students? For getting students’ or teacher's feedback, discussion? Or for something else? Personally I do appreciate the advice given by Jane on correcting students' mistakes. I have done it all in class and it worked brilliantly!


Blogger Jane said...

Anna--I'm delighted to hear that my "old-fashioned" system worked for you, i.e. having students print their post on paper (double-spaced, in Word) then go back and edit it once they have received the corrections. It seems that they are more motivated to make corrections than they would be with an assignment that was only on paper since they know other people will be reading it.

4:08 AM, February 11, 2006  
Blogger Berta said...

Hi Anna, I also think that having samples of a variety of effective educational blogs will help us "blog novices" a great deal. It seems to me that blogs work well when there is no pressure attached to them. Students participate and create blogs as long as they feel the activity is fun or has some meaningful communicative purpose. So far, presenters and moderators seem to have used blogs as an extra or supplementary activity in their regular classes and not all their students seem to have been involved in it. In a system where most activities are performed, only if required, I will have to see how it works ... ;-))

1:04 AM, February 14, 2006  

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