Pat continues his most excellent discussion on access issues…it’s obvious he’s been doing a lot of thinking and testing. Isn’t it great that we all can so easily share in his knowledge and experience? Very cool.
Which leads to this comment from Will: That is one kind of cumbersome aspect of reading kids’ Web logs that I am finding…having to go into each one separately to leave feedback. I’m just so time stressed right now that any shortcut would help. Again, writing classroom analogy: This is a problem with hard copy as well. Advantage with blogs is pushing kids toward response to each others’ writing; enlistment of trusted outside adults with Net access as response partners; and creative use of non-Blackboard, inexpensive work arounds. E.g.: We’re getting all our kids set up with Gaggle e-mail accounts. Why not have what you want to read sent to you as an e-mail that directs you to the blog page where the final copy is located? Or give kids access to a newsBlog that asks for teacher response with the posting of newsItem headlines that link to pages ready for response. Whatever you do, don’t respond to every posting. You deserve a life.
Great ideas. A life? I remember that!