Saturday, January 27, 2007

Is it working?

In reading through some old posts I had clipped but not done anything with, I ran across this one from blogessor about what we mean when we say something works. This is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately.

I have put a ton of work into developing my courses this semester. I am having students blog and we are using a wiki and reading and writing a lot in both my reading and writing classes. Now, a week into the semester, I would have to say that these things don't seem to be working the way I wish they were. My student (Yes, at the moment, ther is only one in each of thse classes. Of course, at the moment there is only one in the whole ESL program, but that is another story for another day.) isn't embracing the tools as I had hoped he would. He has blogged on a class blog before, so this isn't an entirely new experience for him. He has done webquests before, which is basically what we are starting with on the wiki. So what is the problem? Why isn't he more excited?

I don't think we can decide whether or not something works based on students' initial response to it. But I wonder sometimes how long we continue an activity before we decide it isn't working. If I wait all semester to give this student a chance to really try out the wiki and personal blogging and he never "gets" it, am I doing him a disservice?

The worst thing about having real small classes is that there is no momentum built. If this student doesn't immediately buy into the blog and the wiki, there is no one to pull hm along into it, to serve as an example, to build enthusiasm for it.

And I will admit, it seems a little odd to be using these social tools in a situation where there is no built-in audience. What is the purpose of doing this online rather than on paper? I know that my purpose is structuring the course this way was to increase my students' computer literacy and to generate a different energy in the class by doing something different. The computer literacy goal is still valid, and my student will improve his ability to use a computer and to function online. But the energy thing is going to be harder to achieve.

Obviously, I will have to wait until the end of the semester to really evaluate all this. But I can't help asking myself on an almost daily basis whether or not it is really working.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Blogging Birthdays

Bud's post on his blog's second birthday got me thinking about this blog. When I went and looked back, I discovered that I actually have just (by 2 days!) started my third year of Random Thoughts. It doesn't seem possible! In some ways, I don't remember not blogging, and in others it seems like just yesterday that I was trying to figure it all out, trying to believe that I had something to say.

In some ways I feel like the parent who can't wait for their first child to walk and talk and then spends a number of years not being so sure it was a good thing after all! I keep writing, keep finding things to say -- not that they are always profound or even interesting, but I keep finding words to put out there. Sorry for inflicting some of these past two years on you. Thank you all for stopping by from time to time to take a look.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I made my husband cry

My husband, who has been running Ubuntu on a computer we bought as a closeout in 2001, had been complaining that he needed a new computer. I finally decided that we needed to do more than talk about it, so I got him one for his birthday tomorrow. I got him an Acer Power1000 desktop. It is tiny, fast and runs Ubuntu 6.10 like a champ.

But then yesterday I saw Miguel's post about the Linutop. I showed it to my husband, and he cried! It is smaller and certainly does everything he wants. We can't wait to see how much it is going to sell for!

By the way, I got a new Acer 5102 laptop that is now running Linux as well. Acer is selling units with Linux on them overseas, I heard. They may be my new brand of choice. (My son has an Acer laptop, too. He isn't careful with it, and it seems to be doing great. He runs Windows, of course.)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Apologies

Well, another EVO session is upon us, and I am in one called "Webpublishing in Open Participatory Environments". Of course, it involved setting up another blog, so I there now trying to get it going.

I wasn't real happy about starting another blog, but I think it will be OK. If I were more organized, I would try to separate the posts out in some way -- posting certain kinds of things on one and other oens on the other. Actually, I already do that -- or am trying to --posting tech stuff to my blog Using Technology at School.

For the time being, though, I will be writing in both places, so if you are interested in checking the other blog out, it is called Moving Along.

By the way, the new one is on wordpress.com/. So far I really like it!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Cluster Maps

After Miguel's post about Cluster Maps, I decided that it was time to add one to my blog. I know, I am really late to do this! But I never saw a need before. What made me decide to do it is thinking about having my students set up blogs next week. If I want them to be excited about blogging, I have to let them see that their blogs have an audience outside of St. Benedict, LA. So I will have them add maps to theirs -- and hope that some of you will stop by from tme to time to encourage them.

I'll let you know when they are up and running.

Transition complete!

Well, today for the first time I was "allowed" to move my blog to the new Blogger. Because I am a member of a group blog, I hadn't been able to move over yet. I am not sure if/how this will really impact me, but it is interesting. Let's see if it makes me a better blogger!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Getting my students blogging again

<META content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR"/><META content="20070106;8185000" name="CREATED"/><META content="16010101;0" name="CHANGED"/> <STYLE type="text/css"> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </STYLE> I have pretty well worked out how I will have my reading students blog and how I will assess their blogging.  They will read something -- almost anything -- on a topic of their choice and then respond to it in their blog.  This will be done on a weekly basis.  I am going to use this scale to assess:<br/> <br/> </p> <blockquote><p><META content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE"/><TITLE/><META content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR"/><META content="20070106;8185000" name="CREATED"/><META content="16010101;0" name="CHANGED"/> <STYLE type="text/css"> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </STYLE> </p> <blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">2 points – link, thoughtful response</p> <p> 1 point – link, poor response OR thoughtful response and no link</p> <p> 0 points – no post</p> </blockquote><p> </p> </blockquote><br/> <META content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE"/><TITLE/><META content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR"/><META content="20070106;8185000" name="CREATED"/><META content="16010101;0" name="CHANGED"/>In addition, they will create a "Best Posts" post where they link to their favorite posts and explain why they chose them.  That will be graded like this:  <STYLE type="text/css"> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </STYLE> <blockquote><blockquote>30 points - Explanation shows evidence of thought . Grammar and spelling mistakes are minimal. Links all work.<p> 25 points – Elements are all there, but one of them is weak.</p> <p> 20 points – Lacks one of the elements required for 30 points.</p> <p> 15 points – One element is missing and one element is weak.</p> <p> 10 points – Lacks two of the elements required for 30 points.</p> <p><META content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE"/><TITLE/><META content="OpenOffice.org 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR"/><META content="20070106;8185000" name="CREATED"/><META content="16010101;0" name="CHANGED"/> 5 points - Two elements are missing and the other one is weak.</p> <br/> </blockquote></blockquote><p>The "Best Posts" post is intended to help them make some sense of tying it all together.  Also, I wanted to make blogging valuable enough grade-wise that they would be "inspired" to do it.  </p> <p>I am also giving extra credit for responding to comments on their blogs.  I wold like to give credit for commenting on blogs of others outside our class, but I am not sure how to do that.  Guess I will leave it for another time.  If I actually get this going the way I want it to go, I will be <strong><i>real</i></strong> happy!<br/> </p> <p>The Best Posts idea is one I got from <a href="http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DennisJerz/EL266/2004/004079.php">Dennis Jerz</a> .  I commented on his rubric a couple years ago and revisited it yesterday.  I <a href="http://namckeand.blogspot.com/2005_03_01_namckeand_archive.html">wrote</a> about it back in 2005.  At the time I thought the rubric was too specific, but I have come to see that my students want to know exactly what I am looking for - specially in an online environment where they are not as sure of themselves yet.  <br/> </p> <p>I'm excited!  Now if I can only get my students excited about it!<br/> </p> <p><br/> </p> <p style="text-align: right; font-size: 8px">Blogged with <a href="http://www.flock.com/blogged-with-flock" target="_new" title="Flock">Flock</a></p></div> <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'> <span class='post-author vcard'> Posted by <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'> <meta content='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' itemprop='url'/> <a class='g-profile' href='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' rel='author' title='author profile'> <span itemprop='name'>Nancy A. McKeand</span> </a> </span> </span> <span class='post-timestamp'> at <meta content='http://namckeand.blogspot.com/2007/01/getting-my-students-blogging-again.html' itemprop='url'/> <a class='timestamp-link' href='http://namckeand.blogspot.com/2007/01/getting-my-students-blogging-again.html' rel='bookmark' title='permanent link'><abbr class='published' itemprop='datePublished' title='2007-01-06T07:41:00-07:00'>7:41 AM</abbr></a> </span> <span class='reaction-buttons'> </span> <span class='post-comment-link'> <a class='comment-link' href='https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=8710973&postID=116809453249937805' onclick=''> No comments: </a> </span> <span class='post-backlinks post-comment-link'> </span> <span class='post-icons'> <span class='item-action'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/email-post.g?blogID=8710973&postID=116809453249937805' title='Email Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='13' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_email.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> <span class='item-control blog-admin pid-1378589891'> <a href='https://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=8710973&postID=116809453249937805&from=pencil' title='Edit Post'> <img alt='' class='icon-action' height='18' src='https://resources.blogblog.com/img/icon18_edit_allbkg.gif' width='18'/> </a> </span> </span> <div class='post-share-buttons goog-inline-block'> </div> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-2'> <span class='post-labels'> </span> </div> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-3'> <span class='post-location'> </span> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div></div> <div class="date-outer"> <h2 class='date-header'><span>Friday, January 05, 2007</span></h2> <div class="date-posts"> <div class='post-outer'> <div class='post hentry uncustomized-post-template' itemprop='blogPost' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/BlogPosting'> <meta content='8710973' itemprop='blogId'/> <meta content='116801945857774379' itemprop='postId'/> <a name='116801945857774379'></a> <h3 class='post-title entry-title' itemprop='name'> <a href='http://namckeand.blogspot.com/2007/01/why-my-students-should-blog.html'>Why my students should blog</a> </h3> <div class='post-header'> <div class='post-header-line-1'></div> </div> <div class='post-body entry-content' id='post-body-116801945857774379' itemprop='description articleBody'> I have been going back and forth on the question of whether or not I want my students to blog. I had decided that I would have them blog this coming semester but as my new course plans developed, I saw lots of wikis and not much of blogs on the horizon. So I was interested to read <a href="http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2007/01/can_the_last_pe.html">Ewan's post</a> today. He refers to <a href="http://www.scripting.com/2007/01/01.html#theUneditedVoiceOfAPerson">Dave Winer's view</a> that blogs are about finding your voice. And that statement, while so very obvious, makes all the difference in my mind. When I look at blogs that way, I know that my students should blog. So once again, I make the commitment to myself to use blogs in my classes this semester because they can do something that the wiki assignments I am so carefully preparing cannot: they can help my students find and strengthen their own voices. <br /><br />As a writing teacher, I know the value of finding your voice. I have had my students journal for a long time. But somehow or other I hadn't made the switch to having them blog for the same reason. My blogging assignments had been more just that -- assignments. Students didn't necessarily buy into them. I think I need to work more on this. <br /><br />What comes to mind right now as I am writing this is that I need to start having my reading students blog. I can set them up with a <a href="http://www.bloglines.com">Bloglines</a> account to follow blogs on topics that they are interested in. They can read and report on news articles or basically anything else they want to. This is something that will encourage them to read in English, so it ties into my course goals. The students in that class are the ones who blogged last spring with some degree of success, so the idea will not be totally new to them. <br /><br />The next problem, of course, is how to evaluate their blogging. I really don't want to evaluate it. I could do a simple post count and give points that way. I guess I need to think about this part of it more. <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'> <span class='post-author vcard'> Posted by <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'> <meta content='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' itemprop='url'/> <a class='g-profile' href='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' rel='author' title='author profile'> <span itemprop='name'>Nancy A. 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It installed really easily and seems to be pretty nice. I wonder if I will use its social features, though. I am going to try it out for awhile and see. If any of you use Flock and would like to share your experiences with it, I would love to read your thoughts. <div style='clear: both;'></div> </div> <div class='post-footer'> <div class='post-footer-line post-footer-line-1'> <span class='post-author vcard'> Posted by <span class='fn' itemprop='author' itemscope='itemscope' itemtype='http://schema.org/Person'> <meta content='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' itemprop='url'/> <a class='g-profile' href='https://www.blogger.com/profile/11502683354134304145' rel='author' title='author profile'> <span itemprop='name'>Nancy A. 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