Ok, I lost Thing 3. As far as I can tell, there is no post required for it. I also keep losing this page I’m supposed to be posting my blog on. Am I hopeless??
As for the questions to answer on Thing 4, here they are. I have to cut and paste them, because I hate switching back and forth between windows and I do much better answering the questions than winging my answers.
Blog writng seems to be more formal than I had envisioned. My cousin’s blog about her baby is entertaining and folksy. These edublogs are much more formal and academic.
Blog reading has to be taken with a grain of salt, I fear, because I don’t know who is writing it or what their agenda is. I loved the blog on no homework. I also saw a huge advantage in assigning tri-level homework so you can engage more of your students in homework. I learn new things every day. Oh wait! Is that the advantage of reading blogs? That would be the similarity. I get new ideas.
When blog writing, you can express your own ideas and visions, organize your world the way you want it, and include or not include whatever you want. You would need to site sources and not take credit for things that were not original. (If you are being honest! )
Commenting gives a forum for expanding, adding, refuting, or disagreeing with blogs. The writer has the means to grow the subject.
I think on an edublog there should be a level of literacy. My inner Steinbeck would rather write stream of consciousness.
Learning can be expanded and questioned. New ideas and innovativeness are pluses. Questioning and challenging are new skills for me with the internet. I don’t normally read sources I don’t know and trust. Blogging could be anyone. Even me.