The results are in from our self-survey...you were asked…what do you most want to learn about blogging in the upcoming quarter. I’ve tabulated all the answers and
The class #1 priority is to learn more about images…how to edit them, how to find them and how to put them into posts.
The class #2 priority is to learn more about how to add onto what they know about blogrolls…specifically how to re-arrange them, how to add onto them and how to use them
The class #3 priority is to do more brainstorming about how to grab people’s attention when they read posts and how to be creative in thanking people for reading what you’ve written.
To me, this seems like a very manageable list. Actually you’re all very good at the basics in these areas and I think it will be finding a partner/mentor to buddy up with, setting some goals for that work and then make a list of things that are specific enough to cover what you want to learn.
The #1 thing most of you feel like you can share with someone else is how to make the basic blogroll and how to use a ClusterMap widget.
Sort of the neat overlap here is that many students wanted to learn more about widgets…where are they, what are they, where are the “good” ones and so on. One student wrote that they’d like to have a page on the blog where everyone could post their best widgets ideas so if you were looking for ideas, you could go there and see what other people had to offer as suggestions. I think that will be a terrific way for us to get started.
Over the spring break, I will create the shell for this page and then we’ll elect two editors for the page….one from each hour. From your experience, we’ll start to collect widgets that are good prospects, have you write a review and then your class editor will post that information onto the Widget Gallery Page.
I will talk with all the people who volunteered to be mentors/teachers on anything related to images and get a list posted of things people are offering to teach. As soon as the Student Blogging Challenge is over, we’ll work on getting buddy assignments and writing learning plans.
Lastly you will be responsible for following the Student Blogging Challenge each week and completing at least two of the learning activities offered there. More details will follow on that each week on SchoolCenter.