Sarah is suggesting we start a web ring for teachers using weblogs in the classroom which I think is a great idea. I’m going to sign up. I do think that in addition it would be cool to start a weblog for teachers. I know that is similar to what Peter is doing, but I’m thinking a bit more related to the practical applications. Then I wonder if a discussion list might be even better. I know that many of the teachers I work with have no problem reading and responding to e-mail, but going on the web to read is a bit more rare. I’m not convinced that weblogs are the best places to carry on discussions, at least in Blogger form (though I know the Manilla and Radio weblogs look a little more newsgroup-y at times.) That’s one of the things I aim to find out next quarter is can my kids carry on a threaded/extended discussion using a weblog, or would they be better served by a newsgroup-type software (which we have.) Seems like right now, the thought of them using their weblogs to create content and chronicle effort and thinking is the most appropriate use (similar to what I do with mine). Still, I feel the need to experiment. I love the way MetaFilter does it…post the topic with link and then scroll the comments on another page. It really is like a web-ified newsgroup, but for some reason, I like it much more. It’s more personal somehow…need to think more about it.
The other thing I’m going to have to do is start advertising. There much be teachers out there using these things. I need to go find them and let them know I’m here. Did get a contact from Marc who is just starting out. Support is really needed.