Ran across this site and it’s offshoots from my referer logs, and there looks to be some very nice uses of Web logs in classrooms popping up all over the place. Crawford Kilian who teaches at Capilano College in Vancouver (and has written over 20 books) is reflecting on his efforts with blogs in his Legal Techand Outdoor Rec classes. He says:
As the fall semester winds up, I’m feeling a little more encouraged about education blogging. The two course blogs seem to have been useful to the students even though they didn’t often post to them…
He keeps a number of Web logs on different subjects, all of which look pretty interesting.
He’s also got a link to a Brit Lit Web log by Beth Fullerton. She says:
It is my hope that I will be assigning students to write three articles a nine weeks to be published on this site. I will let them write over topics that we are studying in class. I will also use this site to publish discussion questions over our class work. Students will be required to check the site and comment on the questions. I also will link from this site to the blogs of my students that they will be required to keep for the class. If a student doesn’t have internet access, I will allow them to use this site to post their own blog. I hope this site will stimulate discussion and writing in my classes. Communication should also improve. Parents, students, principals, and the community will be welcome to visit and comment on our site.
And a couple of more finds…Ben Harris’s “American Literature and its Discontents” looks to be a blog on the study of Gatsby. The post about F. Scott & Paris Hilton; Living The American Dream? is especially interesting. I met Ben at NECC this year and he’s another one of those “I wish he’d do more blogging” types (a la Terry.)
Also, here’s the Western Nebraska Community College site that’s using a Web log…
More and more and more interesting examples of classroom sites every day…
Crawford Kilian says
Thanks for your kind comments! I’ve added you to my list of Education Bloggers on Prototype and On Education. Eventually I’ll figure out how to use education blogs effectively…maybe through using my own links!