We’re underway here at Xavier University with about 30 captive teachers who are hopefully learning about Weblogs and their use in the classroom. It’s really great to be together with Anne , Tim, Tom and Steve doing “blogvangelism” again. I know that many of us talk about the virtual community and friendships, but one of the best things about all of this has been getting to know these quality people who are sincerely interested in students and learning. Very cool.
Anne’s showing her Lit Circles blog and we’ve been talking about the use of “Nom de Blog” as one person put it. The security issues are always the stickiest to get through with all of this, and we’ve also talked about how to set up collaborations with other schools and students. I really think that is where the power of all of this lies, just in connecting teachers and students together.
Tom’s been talking about the wonders of RSS, and even more importantly, how to read Weblogs. It’s an interesting idea that I don’think about very much any more, but definitely something that is important to understand when you start to create your own space.
And now Steve is getting ready to help the participants set up their own sites. Clarity has developed and “one-click” type of setup so that most of the parts of the Weblog are automatically populated after you answer some preliminary questions. So, if all goes well, in a couple of minutes there will be 30 more teachers blogging. The crusade continues…
Tim Merritt says
Will, what tool/procedure do you use to post the pics in your Manila entries?