MES: LIT - Educational ICTs

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Welcome to EDU 597 (a.k.a as EDU520 and EDU521)

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to our class blog. I’ve set up this site for two main reasons. First, I wanted to have a place where we could communicate as a community outside of regular class time. Second, I wanted everyone to see how a blog can be used to augment both regular and on-line course presentations. Given all the other information vehicles we will be using in this class, this blog likely represents a certain amount of communication overkill. However it is one of the tools available to Ed ICT specialists and I would be remiss if I didn't use it. I hope this will be the site of some lively discussions!
Cheers
Harv

8 Comments:

  • Harv - I've seen blogs used as personal but very public self-serving rants, but have never had opportunity to enjoy the educational potential. Looking forward to following this one.

    By Blogger Debbie, at 8:38 PM  

  • Hi Harv!

    The blog may be overkill but it certainly represents an area that a vast number of people are employing to share with others their thoughts and experiences. The nice thing about blogs is that it does not seem to be as overwhelming a thing to create as a webpage would be. Could you say that blogs have taken the place of the personal webpages people used to create to share their opinions and experiences? It could also have interesting uses in the class where students could share ideas on topics with others around the world using a blog rather than going through the logistics of creating a huge website.

    By Blogger ihancock, at 8:40 PM  

  • To Debbie: I've used blogs as a class discussion tool for quite some time. In the humanities they can be used to encourage dialog and even creative collaboration, in the maths and sciences they can be used to encourage peer tutoring. I used them to good effect in my Advanced Placement Computer Science courses when I was prepping my kids for their AP exams.

    To Ian: Blogs will give you the most bang for your buck if what you want is an interactive web presence. Easy to set up, easy to up date, easy to manage... Does it get any better?

    Ian, as to your comment re sharing...
    Blogs are wonderful tools to encourage kids to build on one another's ideas and observations. I think your observations are right on the money.

    Are you interested in wiki’s?

    Harv

    By Blogger Harv, at 10:38 PM  

  • This is a test. I'm not sure if this works or not. Here goes....

    By Blogger kathy, at 8:12 AM  

  • A school in my district used a blog to keep parents updated on student activities while on a field trip in Belize. It was a great way for parents to feel more connected with what was going on so far away.

    By Blogger Delaine, at 8:13 AM  

  • Hi Harv et al...
    blogs are nice. i will be try to be remembering to visit regularly.

    bye!

    By Blogger tony, at 8:22 AM  

  • This is a very cool tool! I am looking forward to finding ways to use this. I think students would really respond to something like this...particularly the 'reluctant talkers' that seem to lurk in the back of my classroom!

    By Blogger LeannaB, at 8:45 AM  

  • Hi Harv. I am new to BLOGs, but I can see how useful they can be both here in the MES:LIT program cohort and at my workplace with my classes. Thanks. Good stuff!

    By Blogger glorial, at 11:30 AM  

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