Some really great ideas for journalism weblogs from Steve Outing at E&P including community weblogs, newspapers hosting local business weblogs, reporter and photographer weblogs, and group or department weblogs (say all the sports writers or crime reporters have their own). Would work in high school too, you know…
And an article from the Christian Science Monitor with some interesting sample weblogs. I like this comparison of webloggers to DJs: “”DJs play other people’s songs all day long, but a great DJ teaches you something about the songs, introduces you to new music you might never have found on your own, and puts it all together in this seamless, intelligent way that only enhances the music.” One cool idea I got while reading was a character weblog that my lit students could create for the protagonists in our books. What would Will in Lords of Discipline have to say? Could even double as a reader response tool.
I’ve just decided that we need to start collecting these great ideas…watch this space for a Call for Entries to the Weblogg-ed Compendium of great classroom uses for weblogs. We need to get these in one place. (Feel free to add some ideas right now if you like!)
Finally, another class weblog in action at Laura Shefler’s site Dreamcatcher , which seems to be evolving into a collaboration with Peter’s classes. I really admire those who can put new ideas to such good use…as I’ve said before, the ideas are easy for me, the implementation is tougher. Here’s another great example of a Best Practice from Karen. More to come, I’m sure.