Sunday, April 02, 2006

What do you think?

I would like to give you guys more responsibility for the blog. The goal of the blog is discourse and discussion.

According to a paper on Blogging in higher education:

In addition to commenting on the advantages of using a tool that serves as an online journal encouraging personal reflection, and as a means of encouraging collaboration through the sharing of links to resources and up to date information, Oravec (2002, p. 618) observes that the blog has many dimensions that are suited to students' 'unique voices', empowering them, and encouraging them to become more critically analytical in their thinking. The reason, simply, is that in order to develop and sustain a clear and confident voice of one's own, one has to carefully formulate and stand by one's opinions. Writing a blog assists here because it forces a student to confront their own opinions and contemplate how their views might be interpreted and reflected upon by others (Mortensen & Walker, 2002, cited in Lamshed, Berry & Armstrong, 2002).

(Williams, Jeremy and Joanne Jacobs. "Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector." Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 2004, 20(2), 232-247.)

I feel that you have risen to the challenge and provided very interesting discussion here. The purist blogger allows for students to creat the posts. Currently I create the posts or prompts and you comment. I would like to provide some freedom for certain people or classes to provide the posts for our class. This would involve giving students within a particular class "scribe" priviledges. Basically, you would think of the prompt/post and create it on the blog.

What do you think? Is that something you would be interested in?

27 comments:

Leeb3 said...

Mrs. Caldwell, I think this is a great idea. We are definitely responsible enough to create our own blog posts. I think this will ensue with interesting discussion, and our discourse will be very good. I need to write one more sentence for bonus, so here it is.

nickb3 said...

Our own posts would be great. It would allow us to talk about things that we think are relevent, not just what you want us to talk about. So please do this.

saram3 said...

I honestly think that it would be better if we could send them through you because most people have proven to be less mature with the blog than this idea allows. It would be great for us to be able to start new ideas, but not everyone would handle it responsibly, so I think it would be good to have you approve the prompts before they were posted.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. C-
I am a middle school teacher in another school system. For the past few months I have been monitoring you and your students through your blog. I have found it wonderfully educational. I am interested in doing this in a modified fashion for my students next year. Would love some insight. May I contact you?

MrsC said...

To the anonymous middle school teacher-
Of course you can contact me. My email is caldwb@mtnbrook.k12.al.us
I would love to help. Thanks for checking out this experiment. It is a great educational tool.
Brandi Caldwell

VirginiaB5 said...

Having our own posts would be a good idea. It would give us an oppurntunity to want to here comments on things we are interested in. SO i would definitely give it a try.

MICHELLE! said...

YEAH! I think most classes(besides the exception of ours) can handle the responsibility of our own blog. Like Lee said, our discussions will be very interesting and at the same time will give us a chance to talk about what WE want to talk about. DO IT TO IT!

KatieM1 said...

I like the idea. Its a way for us to post our topics that we feel is important. No that English blogs arent important, thats not what im saying, but it can also give another insight into what we talk about during the day and all the random stuff that is involved in our daily senioritus regiment.

Drewf3 said...

I like the idea of having the freedom to post what what we want. Although, I am not sure how well that will blow over in the long run. Something like this could easily lead to posts that would lead us right back to where we are now.

ElliottM3 said...

Mrs. Caldwell, I think this is a terrible idea. We are definitely not responsible enough to create our own blog posts.It would be bad for us to be able to start new ideas.

philipr5 said...

Our own posts would be great idea. This would allow us to talk about things that we think are relevent, not just what you want us to talk about. I think that you should definatly do this.

RebeccaL5 said...

I think creating our own blogs would be great. I could see it bringing about more discussion, but the discussion may not always be about the class. I think it would be interesting to blog and read about what others are deciding and thinking about for colleges and futures.

Mitchell M 6 said...

I don't know if it is such a good idea to let us create our own blogs. You never know what topics would develope from the people in 6th period.

jonathann6 said...

Amen.

Rachaelw5 said...

I think this is a cool idea. There are some, however, who would probably find a way to prove their immaturity once again, but for the majority I think its awesome. I think we can come up with insightful and fun topics to discuss and because it would be students posting them, more students would participate in the blog.

JoanneL1 said...

i think giving some people the chance to post their own blogs is a good idea. It will give us a chance to posts topics that are important to us. We can ask questions if we have some. Good idea.

walkerd3 said...

I am half way. It could be a good idea because we get freedom to choose a blog. But a bad idea because there are some students that may put something "sick" or wrong on it.

christ1 said...

I am kind of indifferent about the whole idea. As it is right now I am just struggling to remember to blog every week; it is killing my grade by the way. I guess if I was on here enough I would like the idea of blogging about our own topics instead of assigned ones.

Carolineb1 said...

Honestly I think that is a disaster waiting to happen. Letting students, some more than others, create posting topics is just asking for trouble. I wish I could say that most seniors are mature enough to handle that kind of responsibility, but sadly some aren’t. So, in theory it is a great idea, but in reality not so much.

carolinec1 said...

I think that having our own blog would be a good idea. The only problem is that i dont think that many people would be willing to put the effort to make up their own blog. Also people may post things that are not appropriate.

AbbyW5 said...

Personally, I think giving us the responsibility to make up the blog posts might be a little too much since we are 4th nines seniors and we are getting more and more lazy. But, I do think if you pick the right class or the right people it would be a great idea! By doing this we could talk about topics that are more relevant to our lives.

AshtonH1 said...

I think it is a great idea to allow students the ability to create the post. If students are allowed to share their own ideas and create new perspective on things, it will enhance the blog. Moreover, it would be interesting to see what students are thinking about and how creative/insightful their posts can be.

Adamk1 said...

I think our own blog post is a really good idea. It would allow students to talk about what they think about certain assignments and other projects, and not just what your thinking about relating to a discussion. However, I think that you would have to find the right people to make up discussions because some people would not be able to handle this responsibility.

ColeT3 said...

mrs. caldwell i think this would be a great idea. No offense, but your last couple of blog posts have been quite lame. I am not to interested in posting about literary stuff that actually requires thinking. I will come up with some tremendous posts that everyone will enjoy.

DorieF5 said...

I think this would be a great idea mrs caldwell, but I there would definitely need to be some rules I guess. That may not be the word that I was looking for, what I mean is that I need some guidelines on what to blog and that sort of thing. Another concern, is that I am afraid that no one will answer or even look at my blog... haha! It could definately happen. I think it would be a good idea if people actually take the time and effort to make it useful! And if they do, it would be a great succes! see you tomorrow, well not tomorrow but monday!

willh6 said...

Our own posts would be great idea. This would allow us to talk about things that we think are relevent, not just what you want us to talk about. I think that you should definatly do this.

stus6 said...

i have really enjoyed getting to blog when i actually remember to. this has been a great way to let us have an opinion on the class and it is much easier to say what we feel on the blog than in class sometimes.