Last night I listened to a recent podcast that was recorded a week or so ago by Brad Hicks, Kelly Anderson and Paul Reid, some of whom are recent graduates of the webcast academy. It was great to hear Aussie voices speaking about classroom blogging and other “web 2.0” things. They had a visit from Doug Symington as well. They plan to do these webcasts regularly. Listening to the podcast I was inspired and learnt new things for the newest set of classroom bloggers (another group doing the unit Recreating the Writer) who will be starting in the next few weeks. Brad and Paul have set up Digital Chalkie to “provide a hub for Australian educators using ICT to engage and facilitate the best educational outcomes for their students.” Kelly is a great example of someone using blogging and podcasting in the secondary English classroom. While I was poking around Digital Chalkie I found Terri Van Zetten’s wiki which is a lesson plan for setting up blogs with primary school kids. I found it very helpful.
The more I learn about engaging with educational technology the more I think it is necessary for more teachers for to try these things out with their students. On the Edblogger News site I found an article that seems to exemplifies what the future might be. It makes us wonder, as Paul Allison says, "How do we prepare teenagers for the world that is described here, the Internet as a social tool? Do we have any responsibility or do we leave this up to young people to figure out?"