I have heard Will speak at the TIE conference in Rapid City. Now that I have started my own blog and am planning to use them in my English class, it seems to be a whole new conversation. I will record some of what I heard:
Will had been a 21 year educator. Quit to become a full-time blogger and speaker. Will has been blogging for six years.
Google Blog Search
To start blogging you need to read blogs. The links above are great places to start to find blogs that interest you. You then need to start commenting on other blogs. Engaging is a very important piece. At that point you may feel comfortable to start your own blog. There are many places you can start your own blogs. I have a couple started, but I am not sure where I want to "live."
Blogs are reflective. You can use it as a journal, but the real power is to put your thinking and opinions in there and see what people think. You put in intellectual sweat.There is a lot of synthesis in blogs. There is a lot of hypertext. Kids will be working in linked environments.
The question was posed to Will asking the difference between a blog and a wiki: A blog is a conversation. A wiki is a collection. What is the difference between blogs and forums? Blogs are deeply personal. They are your space. Forums are not. They are a group of people.
Reading blogs is an important part of being a blogger and a few that Will talked about were:
Clarence Fisher's blog
Teacher modeling works best when teaching blogging. Here are a couple more:
Vickie Davis - Cool Cat Teacher
IM is a very effective language and we should be teaching students that as well as formal language. We need to tell them when it is appropriate.
There are many places you can set up blogs. Here are a few:
I have a blog. I read blogs and occasionally comment in other's blogs. I am not yet to a point that I consider myself a blogger. I am getting there though. I really want my 8th graders to publish their writing to a blog this year and comment on one another's blogs. I HAVE to be a good role model, so my summer is cut out for me. I am so excited!
I always enjoy Will's presentations and hope to catch a few more!