Sunday, October 5, 2008

response re blogs & wikis

The following is what I have learnt & done with my students.

Mahtomedi High School is predominantly affluent, overwhelmingly caucasian & benefits greatly from technology.

I have discovered the following so far (Sunday Oct 5th).

3 out of 4 of my classes questioned so far:

  • 71 of 82 have an idea what a blog is;

  • 5 of 82 have set up their own blog;

  • 3 of 82 still make use of their blog.

In class last week 2 of my classes were led by me to explore blogs & set up their own. Their blog must still exist & operate in 4-5 weeks.

  • 70 of 82 had an idea about wikis;

  • 1 made use of a wiki.

Those same 2 classes have now investigated wikis & have been divided into groups to operate their group's wiki.

They will be using them to create a product that explains a province/territory in Canada (it is a geography class).

Nearly all students are familiar with & have used MySpace & Facebook.

All the best,


Update: each of my student groups has now presented their 'blog product' to the class.

Each group now has to do an evaluation of the exercise.

October 14th 2008.