Thursday, June 12, 2008

Comments on Amy's Presentation

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10 comments:

Flash said...

I really liked that we were able to participate throughout the entire presetnation. I think it really kept everyone engaged and it also helped everyone understand how and why to use blogs. Good job!

Captain Zero said...

I enjoyed your presentation. I see a lot of use for this especially in a high school classroom. I'd like to see it in action at some time. I don't see a lot of potential for me in teaching elementary level ESOL, but if I move to the high school level it is something that I would pursue. I like that I'm leaving this class with my own blog and maybe I'll get hooked...

DrTom said...

I don't know whether it's my experience or the demo revisions, but this is making much more sense now. I'd like to see you adjust it for SCCTE -- where the audience will NOT have computer access -- and submit it for the January conference. There's also an article here:

What Happens in English Class Shouldn't STAY in English Class
Using blogs to increase/improve transference of English class skills into other classes across the disciplines. If students blog in English AND in other classes, maybe they'll apply their English class skills to their writing/thinking for other classes. And maybe they'll apply their analytical skills from science class to the way they think about literature. They're supposed to use all their skills in all their classes, but maybe having them blog might encourage them to use those skills.

I'd like to talk with you further about setting up a blog for my fall section of ENGL 101 -- and using it properly, so I don't waste lots of time on fun but unnecessary activities. Can you help me set it up, Blog Queen? Pleeeeezzzzzzzz.............

Blue raindrops said...

I enjoyed your presentation and it changed my outlook on blogs and their usefulness. I think the message was educating to me and it also helped me to come up with a lot of questions and ideas to find out more about. I'm still not sure why some kinds of blogs seem more like forums and some don't. I've used forum programs in college classes for group and peer response. I found it enjoyable but I bet I'd have found more enjoyment in it if I had thought of it as "blogging" instead of just generic "responding."

groovyliz said...

Amy,
Great presentation! I am so jazzed to work with you - I feel more confident about the evil world of blogging now. Let's get those middle schoolers blogging (by the way, all parent complaints about homework on the blog will be sent directly to you without passing go - ha ha ha)! - Elizabeth

violet said...

It was great. An exciting piece of technology. I'm an elementary guidance counselor, so I will put some time into figuering out how I can use this. I can see relevance and all the pluses. Shoot me some ideas if you have any. Thanks for the presentation. It was very meaningful.

Jenny Santora said...

Thank you for your presentation. I can see how this would be very useful in the classroom. I would like to learn more able classroom applications of blogs - are you teaching any classes?
Thanks!

Debbie said...

You'll be so happy, Amy! Because of your demo last year, I looked into blogging for my 6th graders. Erik and I explored some options, but he knew we were getting a new website, so we will do it this coming year. However, I was much more intentional in peer editing, and I had all the kids bring me their parent's email addres so that I could communicate via email rather than those time-comsuming notes. Thanks for taking some of the mystery from the internet!

Stephanie said...

Well done! Although I have already seen part of this presentation, the refresher course was essential. I am very excited about creating online portfolios. This is work that I won’t mind taking home for the weekend because there aren’t papers all over the table that I might lose or spill food on.

The biggest problem with blogging I have found this year was that the only blog site that Bess would not block in Charleston County was Edublogger.com, but the kids had to have email accounts set up outside of school to even be able to access the site. It was nearly impossible to use it, so I didn’t blog this year. There is a program CCSD uses that is similar to blogging, called e-chalk, but it is lost when the child graduates or even not used by other teachers. So I guess my question to be answered next time you present is “What can CCSD teachers do to utilize blogging?”

Great work!
Stephanie

Tara said...

Amy, thanks for coming to share this blog demo with us again. I think your presentation style and information you share make everyone feel much more comfortable with blogs. You do a great job of explaining how easy they are to get started- and such a valuable writing tool, too! My favorite parts of your demo are setting up our own blogs and perusing the postings of others in the group.

As you repeat this demo and people become more comfortable with blogging, I wonder if you could give a little info. about free websites for setting up blogs- positives and negatives about different sites. I’m also curious about how you set up a private internal blog- maybe a second demo idea? 

The only thing that jumps out at me is setting up user names as an initial activity…would have been a bigger deal with a big group. Even though you use private blogs, do you have any way you could share a little student work with us? I’m interested to see some of their posts.
Thank you, Amy!