Sunday, November 27, 2005

WiAOC presentation

Leverett, T. and Montgomerie, J. (2005). This is your class: This is your class on weblogs. Webheads in Action Online Convergence, online conference, Nov. 17-20.

A few words about this presentation, which was held as part of the online conference mentioned. Both Jessica and I spent time organizing the weblog (linked above) and spent time at the Tapped In teachers' chat space talking about the cesl weblogs and what we and our students have done. A number of interesting observations came of the presentation.

Jessica went first; it was 8:00-9:00 PM Illinois time (Nov. 20) and thus had more North Americans and more serious weblog-in-the-classroom people attending. Questions were asked about evaluating weblog writing and how to encourage them to write on their own; a number of things were discussed, including the immediacy of weblogs; the heirarchical nature of our weblogs; getting s's to comment on each others' blogs; the use of sound on weblogs and how that tends to overload them; the relative low-tech nature of weblogs; Aaron Campbell's article on evaluating weblogs (see the This is your class website where the URL will appear soon)...); differences in bandwidth and access; and s's who type faster on cell-phone pads than on keyboards.

I came on at midnight on the same night; much of the conference was over, and we North American late-nighters were finishing it up. Questions were asked about weblogs' contribution to writing competence; revision on weblogs; and their relation to student interaction with each other. Various topics were discussed, including how to get around it when Blogger is blocked- as it is in China (again, see the weblog if you're curious); why some religious group would be shadowing our site with url's like; aggregating the weblogs (so that you know whenever someone posts); and whether blogs support right-to-left languages like Hebrew and Arabic (they do).

I hope to put a number of quotes and links on the weblog shortly but will probably not publish the entire transcript. It was an excellent conference, and I'll say a few things about that too...stay posted!

Sunday, November 13, 2005


Couldn't bear to push the 50 links out of here, as I did with that last post, before I'd even integrated them into my consciousness. If you lost them, click at the post below the one called "50 links" in "Previous Posts"...or, better, go here, where I put another copy, and will put the rest (I get more a lot, and I need this space for other stuff)...that site is also home of an index I'm working on.

what to do

Since lots of people have started weblogging, including my own children and some of my best old friends, I thought I'd leave a couple of lanterns on the path...ok, here you go. You read it here first (maybe). Some of these I've actually done. The rest are at least worth reading!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


I'm getting excited about the Webheads in Action Online Convergence: Bridges Across Cyberspace, an online conference to be held in about ten days. I am presenting along with a partner, Jessica Montgomerie, and am planning to tell about putting classes on weblogs. The reason it's a challenge is that there is pressure to do it in other ways besides web & chat: voice (Skype), or live video...a little over my head at this point. More later on that.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

a virtual cigar

This is for Blanca, Colin & Lourdes' new baby girl...


And thanks to padrino cigars
for the image...