I have over 40 students blogging this semester. 36 secondary education preservice teachers, 4 master’s students, and 4 doc students. The undergrads are locating educators’ posts and leaving comments; the grads are focusing on ed tekkers. Thanks to all of you who are responding on your blogs to my students’ comments … it’s a great networking experience for them.
The next ripple in this blogging pool happened as I worked with another faculty member on developing a plan for her students’ blogging assignments. I’m using 21Classes and suggested that she take a look at how I had designed the interface and instructions. She got engaged right away – emailed me requesting access so she could comment on one of the doc student’s post. Now that’s fun – engaging college faculty in these new tools is one of my passions and the main objective of the program I direct – Ed Tech Immersion Plus (ETIP).
It’s a slow process, but it’s very important to remember that we never really know where that ripple ends up when we toss the pebble in the Web2.0 pool. So I say, toss as many pebble, rocks, and boulders as possible and maybe we’ll create a surf instead of a ripple.