A quick update from this side of the world . Our school year has just started and I have taken to blogging with my classes again
I have plugged my 39 10th graders (2 classes) into the ECML Project which can be carried either in English or in French.Check my blog and the blogroll. Each class has 3 x 50′ a week, one of them in the computer room with half the class each time so I am planning to carry on the project until the end of the year and insert blogging/photoblogging /podcasting and digital story-telling during this time.
I have already spent two classes in the computer room to open accounts with ECML , Flickr and Bloglines. They have chosen their templates and given a title to their blog. They are supposed to post their introductions this week and the system allows me to moderate the posts, so I can correct them before they go out. What I have done is to copy their productions to Word, correct using Track Change and notes, send them back . They then repost it on their blogs and I publish them.
Because I have not closed my students´comment area and we are not going to use the blogs for blanket assignments, I have opened my classrooms to interact with the world (P2P-EFL-ESL-X) . They are listed on the Dekita Exchange page so any of you can connect to them. Give them a week to post their intros. You may ask your own stds to post a comment. You know how rewarding this can be.
My 12th graders and I will be participating in the Young Women Caucasus Project and communicating with exchange students from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia later in March. For people interested in starting blogging with more advanced students, reading and commenting this is a project worth joining.