Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Year 11 Blogs
Just a short update. I had another go at setting the Year 11 English class up on blogs today and fortunately it worked. I was really pleased, especially at the excitement shown by the students. They have just started blogging and they are so ready to interact with other students around the world, so if anyone wants to comment please do. Not all of the students have written much yet but some have. I just love the title of Charlotte's blog "That's the spirit, one part brave, three parts fool". This class has lots of spirit and individuality. Amy has also started well and I get the sense that she will enjoy blogging. I hope we can get lots of interaction with other students and lots of expression of opinions and especially conversations. I have enjoyed blogging so much that I want my students to have the same sense of satisfaction and engagement. There are varied opinions in the class about the value of this adventure, and at the beginning it can seem difficult, I know. The students in this class are more senior at 16 -17 years than any others I have blogged with and it was interesting to note the difference between this class and the younger students. I found that while the younger ones were interested in their presentations and their writing, this class were mostly concerned with adding friends to their blogroll and commenting to each other. I felt this may have something to do with their MySpace experience, which the year 7s at 11 - 12 years hadn't had so much of. So click on them and see the potential there. Encourage them and keep coming back as they get better and better. I am so happy with Edublogs, and although I have had a bit of a look at 21 classes, I think I'll stick with Edublogs for now.