Thursday, March 30, 2006

more from TESOL

from a presentation that I did not attend:

Petring, J., Chap, B., Costa, C., Fernandes, E., and Fawzi, H. (2006). Weblogs, photoblogs and audioblogs, an international perspective. TESOL, Tampa FL, March.

Jane Petring, College Edouard-Montpetit, Quebec, class blog, collaborative blog, blogging in ESL EVO

Barbara Chap, English to the Point, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, class blog, Fun with English 2 blog

Cristina Costa, Portuguese Naval Academy, Lisbon, Portugal, class blog

Elisabeth Fernandes, Kobe Women's Univ., Kobe, Japan, high school writing class

Hala Fawzi, College of Technological Sciences, Khartoum, Sudan, class blog

BLOGHOSTS - for collaborative use

AUDIOBLOGGING LINKS - find, send, create podcasts - create & send podcasts
http://audacity. - open source, for recording & editing

ADDING PICTURES, SLIDESHOWS & VIDEO -upload, convert, store videos -upload, convert, store videos



Ward, Jason. Push button publishing for the pupils.

Oatman, E. (2005, Aug. 1). Blogomania!

Campbell, A., Amman, R. & Dieu, B. Elgg- A personal learning landscape.

Farmer, J. (2005, July). How you SHOULD use blogs in education.

Expert Voice: John Patrick on Weblogs,3959,1395411,00.asp

Next generation weblogs: multimedia

Weblogs in Higher Education

Pod Almighty (Guardian Unlimited - Jan. 20, 2006),,1690638,00.html

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

notes from TESOL - Mar. 2006

Back from TESOL (Tampa), where I saw that weblogs were big; lots of people wanted to know what they were and how one could use them. I ran out of handouts and promised to send a few along later. The promise still holds! Write!

Here are some interesting notes:

Sarah Lee-Dretzka's class at Penn Valley/UMKC (Kansas City, MO) (I saw her poster session, and saw her at my presentation):
nice! I was especially impressed with her outline, so I'll include a complete reference:

Lee-Dretzka, S. (2006). Blogs for Fluency, Pragmatic, and Rhetorical Skills. Poster Session, TESOL, Tampa FL, March.

Blog entry in Wikipedia

Monday, March 13, 2006

TESOL 2006

Welcome to Tampa....

This presentation will show you a little of what our program has done with weblogs.

Come and see:

our students' page
our teachers' page
abstracts and papers on Wal-Mart
lower-level projects
student-collaborative effort on violent deer
my professional weblog

Have a good conference!


Leach, J. (2006). A teacher's guide to blogging. The Guardian.,16926,1682441,00.html. Accessed 3-06.

Guardian (2006). How blogs can make the link.,,1682538,00.html. Accessed 3-06.

Sharos, D. (2006, Mar. 13). Blogs taking a seat in, out of classroom. Chicago Tribune (log-in req'd).,1,6691250.story?ctrack=1&cset=true. Accessed 3-06.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

More quotes from sources:

Although there has been some wonderfully innovative uses of blogging by both journalists and educators I believe that the media and the academy as institutions are still asking the wrong questions about this phenomenon. The standard questions are most often posed in terms of productivity: how can this technology enable us to do what we already do but more efficiently? How can we reach more people? How can we encourage more discussion?...I believe we will only unleash the full practical potential of blogging when we pay due attention to its place in this complex field of new communicative practices. We need to look at blogging, not as an isolated phenomenon, but as part of a broad palette of “cybercultural” practices, which provide us with both new ways of doing and new ways of thinking. (pp. 2-3)

One of the aims of using blogs in educational settings must actually be about the process itself. In the same way that one of the aims of encouraging good essay writing is to assist students to develop expressive skills that they can then apply in a range of different ways in professional or personal contexts, one of the aims of blogging ought to be to encourage cyber-literacy and an understanding of the ecology of the link in a networked society. (p.10)

I am therefore becoming increasingly convinced that blogs used across classes over the duration of a degree course, rather than blogs focused on specific assignment tasks or blogs developed for single semester units are a more congruent use of this technology. (-p.15)

O'Donnell, M. (2005) Blogging as pedagogic practice: artefact and ecology. Accessed 3-06.


Whether you’re a warblogger who works by day as a professional journalist or you’re a teenage high school student worried about your final exams, you do the same thing: you use your blog to link to your friends and rivals and comment on what they’re doing. Blog posts are short, informal, sometimes controversial, and sometimes deeply personal, no matter what topic they approach. -Hourihan (2002)

Hourihan, M. (2002, Jun. 13). What We’re Doing When We Blog. O’Reilly Web Devcenter. Accessed 3-06.


It seems clear that although blogging can and does have a significant and worthwhile educational impact, this impact does not come automatically and does not come without risks. As many writers have noted, writing a weblog appears in the first instance to be a form of publishing, but as time goes by, blogging resembles more and more a conversation. And for a conversation to be successful, it must be given a purpose and it must remain, for the most part, unconstrained.

Downes, S. (2004, Sept.-Oct.). Educational Blogging
. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 5, 14–26. Accessed 3-06.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


By the end of 2005, there were an estimated 20 million active blogs worldwide.
English Next, p. 47

We now live in a world in which migrants do not have to break connections with friends and family to begin the generations-long process of assimilating into a new identity. Not only is it possible to retain close contact with the home community, on a daily basis via e-mail and telephone, it is also possible for people to read the
same newspapers as those being read in the community they have left, watch the same television programmes on satellite television, or borrow the same films on DVD.
pp 52-53

Graddol. David (2006). English Next. British Council. Retrieved by pdf.
Guardian story
Dafne's class