Monday, January 23, 2006

IH Portugal Training Day - Questions for Reflection

You may not be able to answer all these questions to your satisfaction today, but you can start now and always come back to them later! They'll be here!!

1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing activities on a blog (most you could do in class, traditionally)?
2. Would this appeal to your sts? Who? Why? Ages? Levels?
3. Any immediate ideas on how you could do activities differently?
4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind?
5. What other uses can you see for blogs as we go along?
6. How do you feel about making what you write on a blog public?
7. What format of blog do you see working best with which group of students or for which type of activity:
  • Teacher-student blog - Teacher posts for students to follow instructions or 'comment'
  • Class blog - where sts all post to the same group blog
  • Individual blogs - where each students has their very own blog
  • WIKI - webpage where anybody can access & edit the original post - not just 'comment' on it - eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

10 comments:

Bee said...

Hi Paddy,
Great questions. Some on them, Aaron has answered in a most inspiring post on Dekita
Bee

PaddyG said...

Thanks Bee - but I couldn't follow the link to the article on Dekita... what's the address?
Paddy

PaddyG said...

Bee, as you may have gathered, I'm trying to encourage colleagues here in Portugal to get into Blogs. Thanks for the help and enthusiasm in last years' EVO course. Is the a blogging session this year? I'm doing the PODcasting one! Fun!!
Paddy

Anonymous said...

Great fun, non-threatening for students as it's not on 'public display', ie. in the classroom, and the fact that it relates to modern tech makes it interesting, cool!

Dee & Sheila

Anonymous said...

We liked the individual student blogs, they give sts a chance to express themselves. The vocab record idea can be looked at outside IH. Perhaps they could write q's mini-exercises for themselves, to make personalized revision for themselves/ each other.

Anonymous said...

1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing activities on a blog (most you
could do in class, traditionally)?
Ss get stuff 'published' - immediately. Can get feedback and can give it too. Motivating?
But how long will this interest be sustained until it begins to fade?
Ss can write what they want - and their idea of what is acceptable or insensitive may differ from ours or other readers.
Other people can make offensive and sarcastic comments and add links to other sites. However, these can be removed by the blogger.

2. Would this appeal to your sts? Who? Why? Ages? Levels?
Yes. 10 to teens. Most levels.

3. Any immediate ideas on how you could do activities differently?

4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind?
SECURITY. I don't ususally write in capitals, but this is a major concern.
Tell Ss never to reveal any of their contact details.
As for reading other blogs, is there a way of searching for a blog about an area that I'm interested in?

5. What other uses can you see for blogs as we go along?
Penpals?
Surveys - info gathering.

6. How do you feel about making what you write on a blog public?

Generally I don't mind - I'm unlikely to say anything personal.

Andreas & Martin

skyscraper_us said...

1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing activities on a blog (most you could do in class, traditionally)? time-consuming - if students are working together, are all members of the group contributing?
2. Would this appeal to your sts? Who? Why? Ages? Levels?
I think that the idea of posting work on a blog would appeal to all students añd is definitely accessible to all levels. The thrill of seeing your own work on line and not just on a wall in the school? A great way of showing work to parents - families spending time together in English.
3. Any immediate ideas on how you could do activities differently?
4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind? How secure is this for kids? There's a dodgy comment for one of the Wanted descriptions - how do you control it? How real should the profiles be? How much anonymity?
5. What other uses can you see for blogs as we go along? posting homework, working together outside the classroom, giving and getting student feedback
6. How do you feel about making what you write on a blog public? Students can decide to post or not - can post anonymously -
7. What format of blog do you see working best with which group of students or for which type of activity:

Teacher-student blog - Teacher posts for students to follow instructions or 'comment'
Class blog - where sts all post to the same group blog
Individual blogs - where each students has their very own blog
WIKI - webpage where anybody can access & edit the original post - not just 'comment' on it - eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Steve IH-TV said...

1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing activities on a blog (most you could do in class, traditionally)? It motivates students to write, as their poems/pieces of writing are made public. However, although it’s great for YL’s, in the adult classes, where there is a mixture of computer literacy and interest, it may not be as motivating.
2. Would this appeal to your sts? Who? Why? Ages? Levels?
3. Any immediate ideas on how you could do activities differently?
4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind? Can I commit to the amount of thought and time that goes into using a blog site correctly and effectivly.
5. What other uses can you see for blogs as we go along? The students could be set a task for homework and input onto the blog at home or at a public access internet point. This is a far more motivating task than the usuall “p34 Ex. 6 and 7”
6. How do you feel about making what you write on a blog, public?
7. What format of blog do you see working best with which group of students or for which type of activity?

kim said...

Here are the questions:
1. What are the advantages or disadvantages of doing activities on a blog (most you
could do in class, traditionally)? No computers no can do! The same activity on paper would not do.
2. Would this appeal to your sts? Who? Why? Ages? Levels? Yes because computers are fun! All nosy ages. All nosy levels.
3. Any immediate ideas on how you could do activities differently? Nope!
4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind?error correction???
5. What other uses can you see for blogs as we go along?…I’m gonna do it with my FCEs!
6. How do you feel about making what you write on a blog public? As long as it’s anon, I don’t give a hoot…toot! Toot! Freaks might read it and comment on it ….yuk!!!!

PaddyG said...

4. What questions is blogging throwing up in your mind?error correction???
...err yes this would! I can refer you to a long and v.interesting discussion on this very topic on the BAW06 yahoo group - let me know if you want it, give me an email address and I'll send it to you!
Paddy