I think I’m having too much fun doing my daily post to my journalism class. First of all, it gives me a chance to be silly, but it also gives me a chance to point to really good work being done by my students. That was one major goal I had for this quarter was to be more Barbara Ganley and Anne Davis like in bringing together the relevant comments and work from among my students’ Web logs. It is just so very cool to be able to pull up their stuff and share it with the class, talk about why it’s exemplary, and give some real recognition to good stuff.
Even better is that more of my teachers are starting to understand the power of the Web log portal. And this book discussion site that a group of teachers are working is really blossoming. (As is this one and this one!) We’re at over 275 Manila sites on our server right now, and while some of them aren’t getting a great deal of use, I’d say there are at least 150 active Web logs at our school. I’m finding now that when I go into classes to set kids up, there are at least one or two students that are Web log vets, and I’ve even run across a couple who have two sites going for two different classes at the same time. Warms my heart…
I’m in a very happy place about all of this right now…perfect timing for EdBlogger!