Welcome to blogging for the Cross-School Seminar. This blog is a place for all of us to post some thoughts and reactions while we learn about one of the most important new sources of information available online. While blogs are most often public journals with a single author, ours will demonstrate how a blog might be used with a group of learners to share information.

For a great site on blogging for the classroom visit Educational Blogging 101 - a wiki (we'll get to that, too) about blogging in school. Lots of very good links there. Note especially The Daily D on the link to Class blogs.

To keep this one organized for the entire class, I'll be posting a prompt before each session to which you will reply or "comment." It will be interesting to see how each of our voices comes out here even though we will be able to talk to one another in our sessions.



M. Sawyer

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:28:38

The same constant.....pointing out the problem but giving few suggestions for change.


Tom Bradford

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:31:20

Here again, the obvious is stated....but finding the "love of learning" gene; inspiring others to learn seems less obvious.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:32:22

I'm on board & want to learn all I can about technology 1. because I find it interesting 2. I don't want to be left in the dust. I appreciate that there has been an investment made to help teachers stay somewhat tech savvy. What I would love to learn more about is being able to send and receive audio messages/blogs...I teach a second language and see this as the current 'language lab'. I also want to create presentations which incorporate audio / video ie. imovies...


Dave K

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:32:23

I haven't watched comedy central in awhile, but I have watched bbc world, euronews, and other international news sources. I wonder whether common American news sources like Fox or NBC are more or less accurate / complete / unbiased as compared to The Daily Show.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:32:33

This seems so obvious that students learn best when they are engaged and connect with a teacher who is excited about his/her subject. Motivation has to come from within and cannot be taught.


Dave K

Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:34:55

I agree that learning how to learn is an essential skill for students, and students remember their most inspirational and engaging teachers. So, within their curriculum, teachers should be engaging and teach students how to learn.



Fri, 08 Feb 2008 07:38:24

Learning how to learn (whatever the subject, and different content areas require different learning skills)ought to be the main goal of all our efforts. Schools that emphasize "habits of mind" and pay attention to those in the assessment process are on the right track.



Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:00:16

This article points out the importance of teaching students how to evaluate websites and their content.



Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:02:05

It seems that researching the validity of an article or an author requires more time than doing the research itself. It also requires some expertise in knowing where to look. I doubt that most students would be willing to go through the hoops that his article suggests in order to check out his research. It's definitely important to spend time with students to instruct them in thinking about the information that they gather



Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:02:29

This is an essential skill....teaching out to determine the authenticity of a source.



Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:02:59

Students need to be taught how to use the internet just like they need to be taught how to validate and use research books and documents. Authenticity is key.


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