I thought the responses to my “Caring About the Content” post were incredibly thought provoking as were a couple of e-mails that I got on the subject. I love the stories of students who are invested in their blog work in different ways from traditional mediums. And today, Clarence Fisher makes the case even more clearly:
Along these same lines was the fact that many kids listed the fact that no one else gets a chance to read a written document except for me as a disadvantage of using this form. A written document goes nowhere except into a binder and eventually a garbage can. It is not connected to anyone or to any of their other work. A written document has no context, no history, no connection to their other work or the network they exist in, it stands alone.
I gave this speech almost verbatim to our supervisors last week during their Tablet PC training. I have one-half of one filing cabinet filled with paper in my office. That’s it. The rest of what I need is in various digital repositories just waiting to be connected to a relevant audience should the need arise.