1/27/2005

Impressions on Learning Time

I've the most amazing experience this morning... while my two little boys where still asleept, I decided to click on link sent to our list posting on The recording of Will Richardson's presentation at LearningTimes.
I felt in the cyberspace... I couldn´t believe this recorded online conference what taking place "live" from my PC... I've learnt a lot.. as you said, I had no idea about RSS before, but after the session, I knew I could do it.
It's really amazing how much can be done with little money and up-to-date technological tools. I do agree with you, however about the advantages of syncronous environments... hope to catch this friday's session.
Thanks for listening, I mean, reading...
Bet :)

The "blogolingüistic" community of bloggers

This weeks’ tasks have been challenging..., visiting and almost analyzing other people’s blogs has taught me that I’m not a single soul… trying to survive from students and teacher’s resistance to using new technologies at classrooms. I enjoyed it quite a lot!

I’ve noticed that not every student’s blog, not even the teachers’ are aimed at posting assignments, something that surprised me since that’s the first idea we got as teachers when we think about mixing blogs with classrooms. Both use them to record school experiences, although only one of the blogs visited was actually discussing themes an topics related to EFL class… however I was surprised to read blogs devoted to personal stuff only! It resembled some kind of personal diary.

Reacting to events is not a strange thing for bloggers… so I found many comments about current affairs in them… (world wide known and not that much)

What I liked most was the fact that cultural insights aren’t set aside… bloggers are aware that their thoughts and ideas are being exposed to the world and they respect that… I think that lingüistic constraints are surpassed by some kind of blogolingüistics… or sth…
No doubt interaction is the KEY, students and teachers look for ways to be in contact with equals; resources like smilies, colorful templates, images and interesting links make the weblogs more attractive inviting visitors to stay, read the messages and post a comment.

The question is how do teachers cope with students’ needs without being invasive.. Should we let them decide what and when to post a thought giving them space to grow up while learning… to discover the cyberworld in front of their eyes… to talk a new language….
They’ll show us the path….
we just have to set them free...

Cheers
Bet :)

1/25/2005

Blogging at journalspace

Creating my second weblog wasn’t hard at all. I picked journalspace.com because it was says to have pictures, links, members and other stuff posted easily. And it did!

http://betspace.journalspace.com/ (Click in this link to visit it)

I found this one less attractive than blogger, it has less colours settings, and font types seem all the same to me!
Although there is much more stuff under builder control, and I tried to arrange settings in the page as much as I could. But Menu and Visitors at bottom still remain there…. Couldn’t find that out… :(
I would like to View possible templates like in the other hosting... but in this one I could post my picture at once, create a photo galley for my family pictures and found out how to add links, that's something I'm still trying to do in here.

Some extra features I found in
www.journalspace.com are:
Spell checking (great for students writing)
Edition is easier, since you are not asked to index you blog
I could set an instant signature
Instant message is possible (Yahoo, MNS, AOL)
I’ve chosen my favourite 15 words:
You may send your posting to a friend via email
Oh! And I also created a Webmail account:
betspace@journalspace.com so I may receive messages directly through this hosting (see Check your Webmail)
Statistics are available for knowing who saw your web in the last couple of minutes
Menu is at hand, for new postings and other stuff

The following features are available to administer the blog:

Read your journal
Write in your journal
Your journal's statistics
Customize your journal
Configure the home page
Your account
Private messages

Check your Webmail
Your profile
Your favourites
Your friends
Your bookmarks


Hope this review is useful!
See you soon….

Bet :)


1/23/2005

Toons Ahead!

After a week of posting, reindexing, checking and delating... I should say: I love blogging!
It's my first time in this side of the web. Couldn´t cope with everything but still trying!
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and expertise in this Community of Practice...
Bet :)

1/21/2005

Coming into terms with weblogging

From today's chat "What are weblogs?" a question remained unanswered...
Are blogs for everybody?
If keeping students motivated is hard, what about motivating teachers to use this tool?
Teacher training is evolving, new technologies are being introduced in students curricula, but some other social and "traditional" matters still remain unchangable.
How do we encourage student teachers to embrace tools like this and other very useful ones in the web helping them to shorten their way into this New Era? What can be done?
Bet :)

1/19/2005

So far so good


My feelings so far... excited, happy, enthusiastic but a little frustrated too ...

My expectations... really HIGH!!!

My back... it hurts after hours of "trying"

My Wishes... the best for all of you.



Week's special: Writing & Websites

Tips for Writing:

Letters of Recommendation http://gradschool.about.com/cs/writingletters/a/writeletter.htm

Effective Speech Writing http://7-12educators.about.com/cs/speeches/a/speechwriting.htm

Principles of Composition http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/composition.htm

CV Writing advice & tips http://www.alec.co.uk/cvtips/

Recommended Websites:

Noticias Universitarias http://weblog.educ.ar/noticias/archives/cat_futuro_universidad.php

Servicios de Empleos http://empleos.universia.com.ar/home/

Foros Universia http://www.universia.com.ar/servicios/foros/

Agenda http://www.educ.ar/educar/superior/agenda/



Bookmarks at hand...

Some useful sites for ELT you may visit:

About Newsletter: Edición semanal de artículos temáticos sobre educación en los distintos niveles. http://www.about.com/education/

Portal Edu-car: Recursos para docentes y alumnos, capacitación docente yformación laboral. http://www.educ.ar

Portal Universia: Punto de encuentro para la comunidad universitaria. Ofrece noticias, enlaces a bibliotecas, empleos, entre otros. http://www.universia.com.ar

Nueva Alejandría: Ofrece cursos a docentes y estudiantes. http://www.nuevaalejandria.com

Newsletter onstopenglish.com: Artículos, foros, recursos, noticias, y más... http://www.onestopenglish.com

Biblioteca Virtual Cervantes: Acceso virtual a documentos, publicaciones,investigaciones y tesis.http://www.cervantesvirtual.com

The Herald Tribune: Periódico en línea, USA http://www.heraldtribune.com

Diccionary.com: Acceso a diccionarios y traductores en línea. http://www.dictionary.com/





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