I think it is about time that I discuss my digital project a little, so here we go.
1. My Law 30 class blog. For my digital project, I chose to start a blog for my grade 12 Law class. The purpose for starting this blog was to:
promote dialogue between class members.
provide the opportunity to discuss legal and or political issues in a “global forum.”
Use blogging as a medium to incorporate and promote literacy, including media.
Use blogging as a medium to incorporate technology at a high school level.
Learn a new social tool (s)
To date, I constructed the blog site http:\\law30mont.edublogs.org, and have embedded a few widgets in the sidebars. I also, changed the theme part way through. None of this stuff, had I ever done before. I briefly started a blog a year ago, but have not extended myself like I have with this, or my personal learning blog (http:\\birchbark.wordpress.com). Even little tools like voki’s and You Tube videos have been embedded.
I thought about having students create their own blogs, but I feel more steps on internet safety and protocol need to be taken first. The Al Upton issue and my own reservations have caused this. So far, I have the students commenting on various issues (using nicknames) and their comments are getting better. I hope to incorporate Voicethread and/or Animoto soon with students. Maybe something will show before the end of this course!
Since I do not have students creating their own blogs (yet), I have found a new route. I think the class setup would be enhanced by a wiki space. This can be used for the online tools portion of the Law course, with the blog used as a discussion forum. I got this idea from one of my classmates (Dean) and I could see the value of it. This may to be created before the end of the course.
In retrospect, I now am glad I satrted with just a blog and not the wiki at first. My first plan was to create a whole online unit for the course. I would have been swamped!!! It has taken a while to learn the nuances of blogging, reading classmates blogs, commenting on them and in the Blogosphere. The number of tools we have learned and now are incorporating also added to the time comittment. Since I srted with the blog first, I now see future steps pretty clearly. I do not think I would have if I started with a much larger project. I think the ‘ol “I should have done this…” thought would have been more prevalent.
Onward and upward.!