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February 12, 2004

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Dear bloggers and bloggers-to-be,

Wow! I am really excited with all the comments posted on the blog, and the links to the newly created blogs.

I have been, little by little, visiting the blogs you have kindly shared and they are a real source of inspiring ideas on the diverse ways blogs can be used: reflection, sharing materials, activities for classroom use, student’s own work, etc.  I believe that the content of each of these blogs will motivate others to start their own blogs or to find the style for their already created ones (my case).

Comments on the Comments:

  • Fiona, you forgot to write the url to your diaryland blog. I like the look of the diaryland site. It is not so cluttered as other blog sites, and looks very friendly.
  • Sara, thanks for the article about Spanish in the Canary Islands. It is amazing how the same language can be so different in every country and even within the same country. You know what? Here in Valencia, when they hear me speaking they think I am from the Canary Islands
  •  Kyi, the theme of your dissertation sounds pretty challenging. Good luck! (I have just finished my own doctoral dissertation, what a relief!, now just need to wait for the public oral defense which will be around May).
  • Teresa’s blogs show a way to use blogs when the students do not have access to computers. Tere, from where do the students read their messages once posted by you? Now, I ask myself, should this be considered a blog? I would call it a classroom pen-pal page or maybe e-magazine. What do you all think?
  •  Agata, I like the narrative multi-media style of your bilingual blog (Polish-English)
  • Josefin, I think that by now, if you have been visiting the blogs posted you may have a better idea of the use of blogs and how they differ from a guest book. Let us know what you think now.
  • Renata, it seems you are the only one who has experimented changing the layout of our BaW Weblog. Great! Have you started a blog? You have great ideas to share and poems too. Go for it!!
  •  Jean Michel, thanks for your comments about Michael’s synchronous session at YM. What about starting a blog and share your expertise in the use of videoconferencing. Tell us how you have been awarded the “Chevalier dans l'orde des Palmes Academiques". Congratulations!!
  •  Elizabeth, I agree with you that blogs are a great way to move our students’ f2f  paper-pencil journals to cyberspace. I have been using Yahoo files sections to do that, but next time I will use blogs
  • Vance, I like the way you have been extensively using blogs with your students. It shows that they are enjoying having their own online presence. Same with you, Buth. Thanks for sharing all those ideas with us
  • Antonia, I am sure that soon you will create your own blog and share it with us.
  • Lucy, WOW!! I really love your creative ideas on using story books. They are super! I am a fan of story-telling blended with crafts. I will go back to your blog from time to time!
  • Yes, Eva isn’t it amazing what you can do through text-chat? BJB is a role model to follow in e-moderation.
  • Sus, sorry about not having your link posted. Now it is there

Sorry about the length!

 

Why don't we write here our questions for Bee's session  on blogs?

 

Hugs,

Daf

PS: do not forget to visit the discussion board!  

18 Comment(s).

Posted by Agata:

Thanks, Dafne, for your kind words about my experimental blog
I think I might create a new collaborative one for our Polish-English subgroup. And I mean collaborative- so that we could all write entries, edit and correct them and add comments. Bee, what do you think? Which blog provider would be best for such a blog?

And another question for Bee, a "how-to" one:
How did you add this neat list of useful links to your "Bee-coming a Webhead" blog?
I love it [Love}, it is so user-friendly!

Big hug from
Agata
February 12, 2004 @ 1:03 PM

Posted by Agata:

Me again One more question,Bee!
I was thinking about our Pol-English blog and... Wouldn't it be great if we could add sound to our entries? Teresa does that somehow on her "Fun with English" site : http://www.malhatlantica.pt/teresadeca/school/fun-with-english5.htm
I also think we might want to keep our blog "private"
February 13, 2004 @ 6:30 AM

Posted by Daf:

Bee, do you know of a blog which is really collaborative. That is, that replies to comments and new comments made by non-owners are shown on the first page? The one I have found more collaborative-oriented is school blogs, but the server is very unstable. I used it once with a group of students, and when they wanted to post, the server was always down. I ended up posting all their work, and it did not allow them to comment on the others' work.
Wikis are more collaborative but their look is not so nice, at least the ones I know.
February 13, 2004 @ 8:59 AM

Posted by Teresa:

Daf,

My students have access to the blog at school every day (if they want to) in the two computer rooms available to them, and some have access at home. Yesterday afternoon, as I was working at the computer, I got a message from two of them and replied at once.

Besides, every two weeks, when we have our CALL lesson, they can look at the page and then send a message.

I still like to call it my teacher-student blog, though whatever we call is really irrelevant. What's really significant is the entusiastic response they've been giving, more so now that they have two friends in Poland - Wojtek and Tommy - sending text and voice messages, and a lively exchange is going on.

Hugs,

Teresa:)
February 14, 2004 @ 3:48 AM

Posted by Daf:

Right Tere, the name is irrelevant as you say. I love your creativity to incorporate the use of technology in your class when you do not have all the resources available. Your students are motivated and using the language which is the most important issue. When i was reading your page with the students' letters, it reminded me of some printed pen-pal magazines I used to read when I was an adolescent and that's why I mentioned that it could be called a key-pal magazine
The fact that you take your laptop to the classroom shows how much you care about your students and your willingness to overcome the obstacles found in the road. Way to go,Tere
February 14, 2004 @ 5:49 AM

Posted by Fernanda:

One question for Bee and for all those who have used blogs (I haven't). What's the difference between a blog and a forum?
Daf is asking for a blog which is really collaborative. I think forums are quite collaborative. So, what can we do with a blog that we can't with a forum? Or is it just another way to do the same and achieve the same aims?
February 15, 2004 @ 4:07 AM

Posted by Anonymous:

It's such fun and extremely interwesting looking at all my fellow BAW's blogs, so many different styles, versions and flavours and all so attractive & successful. I'm thinking of creating a collaborative one with some st's, but I'm also inspired to maybe soon begin a personal one more in Bee or Sus's except that it would never be so professional! All I need now is time! take care all, antonia
February 15, 2004 @ 11:44 AM

Posted by Daf:

I have read that tabulas allows for collaborative work, with great features. Do you know it, ?
Daf
February 15, 2004 @ 12:29 PM

Posted by Karen García:

OK, I got a blogger up and running but I don't have a clue about how to post new messages.
http://lajaulavira.tripod.com/weblog/blogger.html

I dove into it and got the initial message but I don't know what else I need to do with it-- how and where would you post also?

thanks,

kgarcia
February 15, 2004 @ 3:45 PM

Posted by Daf:

Dear Karen,
I am also new to blogs. But Bee is an expert with blogger so I am sure she will answer your question this evening (for me evening)
Cheers,
Daf
February 16, 2004 @ 2:29 AM

Posted by Sara:

Thanks Daf for your comments (I love the way you included excerpts from BAW members' blogs) People form venezuela sound quite similar in a ways to Canarian people. So I'm sure we have a lot in common regarding our spanish language usage and pronunciation.
This is a question for Bee, for tonight.Don't know whether she'll be able to read it in tima, as it's so late, but as a lurker I've just found out about her presentation.
Bee, I'm really new to Blogging, but I keep trying to find blogs possibilities for students, apart from the discussion on topics or expressing.So I wondered whether some creative ideas on its usage could arise at tonight's chat at TI. Bee how have you used blogs with your students, what for and in what way?
Warm regards
Sara
February 16, 2004 @ 1:46 PM

Posted by María Jordano:

Sorry If couldn't post before... I could have read email from yahoo in three days and I passing data from my older computer to the new one,but i would like to thank all you you your great participation! It's increadible! Thanks!
February 23, 2004 @ 9:04 AM

Posted by Sus N:

It is so amazing to come back to this growing list of blog comments. one thing that I've remarked is how visible are the "owner messages" and that you need to dig deeper to find the "participant comments". Might be needed and a good thing in a classroom situation, but considering it as a collaborative effort, this has still got the characteristics of teacher-in-charge and students-on-the-floor. I've got no idea on how to present this differently, and not even if this matters anyway, just a thought. Another thought is on the follow of messages time wise; in most blogs the standard setting is to show last message first - which one do you prefer? In the "front blog" edited by the owner, we see the last message first, but the suite of comments is the opposite. I wonder how much a skilled editing owner can do to change formats re: this detail? Did you do something special to get things in this order, Daf, or did you just accept the suggested default from Bravejournal?
February 25, 2004 @ 12:14 AM

Posted by Daf:

Dearest Sus,
I just let the default feature do its work. Regarding collaboration , there is a feature where you can register friends and they can post on the front page too. I have to admit that I was too lazy to copy 146+ e-mail addresses I might try with a few first, when I finish with some urgent tasks I need to finish. I will let you know when I explore that feature.
Hugs,
Daf
February 25, 2004 @ 5:24 AM

Posted by Sus N:

Oh Daf! Just what I thought Hope to learn more once I finished some urgent task I have come to LOVE these silly smileys!!
February 25, 2004 @ 7:41 AM

Posted by Sus:

Re: collaborative blogging, there's a manual for Blogger.com users that might apply for other tools as well..
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=123&query=team&topic=0&type=f
February 26, 2004 @ 1:38 AM

Posted by Karen:

... a blog, I found a blog..... and I am figuring it out...too...
March 17, 2004 @ 12:29 PM

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May 14, 2005 @ 5:50 AM