Let me just say that I feel incredibly fortunate to have been invited to be a part of Intel CEO Craig Barrett’s keynote speech this morning at NECC. It was an amazingly fun experience for me and my student who was on stage with me, and it was also without question the best opportunity I’ve had yet to sing the praises of Weblogs in the classroom. Over 800 people attended the session, and I’ve had dozens of people come up to me throughout the day wanting to know more about we’ve been doing and how to do it. To top it off Intel produced just a great video about Weblogs at our school which really captured the essence of the potential of the technology. It was just an honor to be a part of it.
On some level, I’m still amazed that our little “secret” finally seems to be showing up on a lot of radar screens. Anne’s session was well attended, and there were at least five other blog learning opportunities. There’s a birds of a feather in a couple of hours that we’ll be blogging I’m sure. Expectations for a serious blogging lineup in Philadelphia for next year’s NECC are already high.
I can’t wait.
Congratulations Will – nice to be recognized for your hard an exemplary work. Is the Intel video you write about available online anywhere?
Seaghan Moriarty says
Fabulous – delighted to hear how powerful this tool is becoming in the classroom 🙂 I’m just starting out investigating the potential of blogs in the k-12 classroom. I’ve google and read quite a few articles and edublogs. However, I would love to hear 2 or 3 concrete examples of using blogs constructively …
I’ll start the ball rolling …
– teacher writes comment / story / stimulus and pupils respond by using ‘comments’
– class compose a photo diary of a trip / event / etc.
Finding this post was an excellent resource for me. I am in the process of proposing blogs as a part of the use of computers and the ‘net at my local schools.
I am curious about a couple of implementation details, specifically security/privacy issues as it applies to K-8. Do you have, or know where to find, details on how to implement a blog in a K-8 setting?