Wikis are for content - blogs are for conversation.
pbwiki - peanut butter wiki
You need to know how to use the discussions the editing and history. You can find Will Richardson's wiki at
http://webloggedlinks.pbwiki.com/ To learn more about wikis click on the wiki section.
High School collaborative writing
All can contribute to specific articles. Teacher put in a template e.g. State your first reason, state your second reason, I...
You can use a wiki for projects that are much bigger than your classroom wikiville - http://www.wikiville.org.uk/index.php/Main_Page
You can explore the other links from Will's site.
Can have a wiki only visible to members, only editable by members - there are various levels of security. Collaboration needs to be done assyncronously.
With pbwiki you have 1GB of space. We learned to create a wiki. pbwiki automatically has Google ads.
A wiki could be used as a portfolio.
Blogs are for conversations.
Edublogs.org - give you a media wiki with your blog. Media wiki is a little more powerful than pbwiki. pbwiki is looking for feedback from educators - so you can send in suggestions.
Blogs can be used for many purposes. The "blog snob" answer - to do something I can not do on paper. A different genre of writing - the ability to link and the ability to connect - Connected Writing. Blogging is intellectual sweat - about thinking. The real benefit of using a blog is to connect to others. If you really want to engage your ideas and the ideas of others and to start writing in depth - blogging is the way to go. Blogging does not start with writing. it starts with reading. Journalling starts with writing.
It is a process - read - thinking about what you are reading in one's own context. If it's important, create a post - here's what I read, here's what I think. and implicit in that is - give me feedback. Writing for an audience, making thinking transparent. A post may be a synthesis of a number of ideas. Will talked about having a real sense of ownership of his blog. If he is going to write a comment, he leaves a comment with the link to the full reflection on his blog.
Kuropatwa - scribe posts. His students are teaching others - they get more hits from outside the class than from within.
blogger.com - simple solution
edublogs.org - wordpress blogs
The workshop went on creating a blog with nlcommunities. This is a nice software. If you want other teachers to post to your blog, they have to be members of nlcommunities. Once they are members, you can create a group block with multiple authors. There are some nice features.
To become a more public blogger - go to other blogs and leave a message - I posted a comment on my blog. Write the responses. You have to become a blog reader. If you know some bloggers with a high profile, send them links. There are people out there who will read your stuff. But don't get discouraged. A small community of practice / of learning can lead to some excellent discussion.
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