An articulate overview from James Farmer as to the advantages of the Web log (PCP) in a university setting. A lot of trickle down to high school and elementary, however. I find as I read other posts of this nature that one or two themes keep popping out, and the one here that resonates deals with the professional advantages to using Web logs to keep current with the discipline. One thing I would love to do is start a listing of RSS feeds by discipline so that, say, Social Studies teachers could have easy access to new theory or practice. I like the way James envisions it:
A teacher can subscribe to the RSS feeds of a number of websites, various email groups and the like and collate current resources (most of which are now solely online or available online). They are then able to share these resources with learners immediately by publishing them on their PCP tool (in the manner of a weblog). Further to this, learners are then able to discuss the material / ideas presented using the interaction features present in virtually all PCP tools.
Most of us in the edublog world do this already, obviously. It’s become our standard practice. Is there anyone out there who wants to argue that this hasn’t kept us more in tune and up to date with the esoteric worlds in which we operate? The job now becomes facilitating the use of these technologies by those who haven’t even heard of them yet.