Showing posts from October, 2004

Blogs for Kids

"Flush out the writer in children. Blogging could draw out a young writer and open doors to their future." So says Sharon Housley in the post Blogs for Kids at RSS Specifications . Sharon goes on to describe the benefits that blogging can have for children. Althoughnot aimed at an ELT audience, this post is obviously of interest to YL teachers thinking of blogging with their classes, or those who already do so.

BALL - Blogging Assisted Language Learning

Jason Ward has an article in the TEFL Web Journal entitled 'Blog Assisted Language Learning: Push button publishing for the pupils. Jason talks about the benefits that blogging can have in the reading and writing classes. The article speaks mainly of the advantages of using blogs. Under shortcomings, Jason mentions that students could be exposed to some 'questionable readings' and that it could also have 'a detrimental effect on reading, writing and confidence.' The danger, it seems is that reading by scrolling a computer screen can lead to a 'superficial and often inaccurate, understanding of the content, and that sloppy writing can result from blogging. Jason also mentions that the commenting feature of weblogs can lead to confidence being undermined if students receive criticism from others. All the more important, therefore, to ensure that blogging with students is controlled? Perhaps by restricting the commenting feature of student weblogs

Elearnspace - categories of e-learning

George Siemens at Elearnspace has written an article (complete with useful mindmap)about the different categories of e-learning. Blogs are included in the diagram, grouped together with wikis and 'groove' under the 'collaborative tools' branch. Other categories include courses, informal learning, blended learning, communities, networked learning, and workplace learning.

Many-to-Many: Social Software: What's New

Many-to-Many is a group weblog concerned with social software. It's definitely worth taking a look at. From there, the first thing I jumped to was Adina Levin's BookBlog , which has a great discussion on what's new and who's doing what in social software.

Blogging with ERASMUS students

I have started to blog with this year's ERASMUS students, who are over in Barcelona until Christmas. I have them for a class on Catalan Culture, introducing them to the culture and history of Catalonia (and how this is similar to / different from Spanish culture). Last year I set up a class weblog for this group, and although the experience was positive, and some of the students continued blogging there after the course, I found that having just one weblog between 25 students made it difficult to keep track of what everyone was saying. I also used the weblog as a way of grading them, and it was not easy to evaluate as all posts were on one site. Finally, I asked them to set up an account, and there were problems (with students forgetting passwords and user names). so, having learned from my mistakes, I set up a class weblog for the group here: and also individual learner weblogs, linked to the class weblog. I actually set up all the acc

Analyzing Teen & Teacher Weblogs

Bernie Dodge compiled this chart for use during his EDTEC Saturday Seminars on Motivating Student Writing with Weblogs. On the site you can find a course overview, an outline and resources.