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This Week in Blogging

[ED 331 For most of us, this week proved that the honeymoon was indeed over. Heather, Jared, Melissa, and Joel all raised valid questions for us to think about: How do I know when something is too easy or too difficult for my students? What can we do about students whose home lives are less […]

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When Blogspirit Wigs Out

On Sunday 1/30/05, Blogspirit seemed to crash for a few minutes between 4:00 and 5:00. A number of students received “fatal error” messages when they tried to log into the service. Fortunately for everyone posting at the last minute, the server came back online pretty quickly. Another glitch that has happened to me twice now: […]

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Tumbleweeds

Inspired by Peter Elbow, who encourage us to think of pieces of writing as landscapes, I described some blogs as tumbleweeds–disconnected, unrooted, and unheard. In the context of ENG 310, a tumbleweed blog: 1) has only 1-2 posts, with large intervals between posts 2) lacks comments from classmates 3) lacks a complete blogroll (Right now, […]

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This Week in Blogging

ED 331 This week, Amy (Outlandish Texturizer) wins the prize for most social blogger. Asking key questions and providing her own suggestions, Amy responded to nearly everyone on the blogroll. A snippet from a conversation with Melissa (Organized Chaos): Do you feel that students could adequately make choices, such as interchanging one piece of literature […]

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New 310 Blogs

310 people, Please add the blogs Shockingly Expected (Samantha) and Carebear’s Notes (Caroline) to your blogrolls.

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Blogging and Best Practice

After reading your posts on this topic, I’ve developed some of our initial connections. 1. All children can and should write. A blog is a uniquely democratic medium that allows anyone with an Internet connection to publish his writing. And, as blogging grows in popularity, we can assume that some students will already maintain blogs […]

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This Week in Blogging

ED 331 Jared wrote an insightful response to Burke’s second chapter (Thinking About Teaching and Learning). What I like about Jared’s piece is that it goes beyond summary to ask some critical questions about two key ideas Burke presents: construction and negotiation. I guess the balance will come in being able to encourage students to […]

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For the Brave: What is an RSS Feed?

For the tech-savvy among us . . . You may have noticed the small orange boxes labeld “RSS” and “Atom” in the right-hand column of your blog. These just mean that your blog can be read by an RSS Reader , which is a specialized browser that keeps track of all the blogs you’re interested […]

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Blogrolls and Portfolios

English 310 students, Notice the 310 blogroll in the left-hand column. You need to add this list to your own blog by next week. To do this, select “lists” from the dashboard and add the links one by one. Be sure each URL is correct–some urls differ slightly from their titles. You should also create […]

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What is a blog? (from Wikipedia)

A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common web page. Such a web site would typically be accessible to any Internet user. Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs and corporations, and from one occasional author […]

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