Thanks everyone for your contributions and comments this week. I have included an element in the sidebar of the wiki which displays the most recent comments left on the blog. Instructions for adding this element to your blog are here.
In the examples from Leanne and Rachel (see previous post) and Alisons blog, readers are able to leave comments. Also the comment moderation has been enabled. The comments will be emailed to the blog author first and can either be accepted or rejected. There is also the option to allow anonymous comments, as Alison has used with her students.
Both of these options have the teacher as author only. The primary teachers have set up a class blog, however students can only post once the teacher has logged in. From your comments could I suggest we explore 'students as authors' especially in a secondary setting. Are there any examples teachers can share with us?
Some questions to consider:
How do you see this being administered in an education setting?
What are the potential benefits/challenges?
Also Alan's comment that these online areas can become a 'passive acceptance point by students' is, I believe, not uncommon in many online areas. So what is it that keeps these areas active, relative and has contributors coming back for more?
So... we have another place to learn...should we assume that because it's through this online medium that it is going to be any better or engaging than more traditional or familiar learning environments?
From "Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen", displayed with special permission. For many more cartoons, please visit Randy's site @ www.glasbergen.com