“hi! I’m emma! I’m in year seven at school and are doing this in I.T. but I don’t really want to. It’s better just to mess about on the internet like my friend says she gets to in her lessons. This is my first ever blog and I only think I’ll do it again if I have to, unless it’s for a certain reason. In I.T we are also doing a presentation which everyone can already do. I suppose it does help you learn a bit though which is good for the teachers.”
So far I’ve had a few small-scale attempts at getting students and pupils to blog. We’ve tried using the Moodle blogging facility (no comments, blocked to The World through the login system, difficult to ‘manage’ effectively), I’ve had a brief fling with Nucleus and now I’ve plumped for B2Evolution. I’ll talk more about why another time.
Anyway, I have some Lower Sixth uploading work so they can compare against each other but that’s going pretty slowly and trying to enthuse that apathetic bunch is going to take some time methinks.
On the other hand I have a lovely group of Year 7 pupils and today we spent some time looking at blogs, discussing what we liked and didn’t and then we had a brief go at writing blogs ourselves (well, themselves. Obviously I’m already an expert :-D). I told them I would show the blog off to colleagues around the country, nay even the world (OK, so I got a little carried away – but I want them to be enthused!) . So if you find time then have a wander over, and please leave some comments for them – I know they’d get a kick out of it.