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Teachers Teaching Teachers: Biking and Blogging

Wednesday, June 21, 9:00 - 10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Recently, Teb Locke created a blog (http://habitat2500.org/blog) for his friend Tim Dellett who is currently riding 2500 miles on his bicycle to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. When Teb first heard about Tim's ride, a blog came to mind as a way for him to stay in touch with his supporters during this six week ride. This blog has been a success. Not only has it helped keep communication flowing, it has also helped him raise donations. What has amazed Teb most, however, is the way in which this blog had inspired people who had no prior concept of blogging. Tim doesn't even own a computer and had never heard of a blog before. Likewise, many of the people who have contributed to the blog and check it regularly also were not familiar with this media beforehand. This real world application of blogging has made us curious about other blogging projects that could be implemented in an educational setting.

We'll speak to Tim by phone during the webcast, and talk about the educational implications of this project.

Unlike one of Teb's other projects, the NeighborhoodWiki, which is a closed community of participants mostly from the same school, the Habitat 2500 blog has brought together people from all across the country. In past conversations on the Teachers Teaching Teachers webcast, we have discussed the advantages and disadvantages of open versus closed virtual communities. This experience has made Teb think about how to set up authentic blogging experiences that can benefit his students. For the most part, the NeighborhoodBlog is currently used to generate RSS feeds and to display the media the children produce. Teb is wondering how short-sighted this might be and how much more beneficial this tool could be when shared with an extended community.

We would like to focus Wednesday night's discussion on authentic learning situations in which a blog would be applicable. Also, we'd like to discuss how we, as educators, can identify these learning experiences and implement them with our students. Another question we have concerns the organizaiton of blogs and how they tell their story sequentially with the most recent post first. This arrangement works well for people who have started subscribing to a blog from the beginning but we're wondering if there are ways in which new users can begin reading at the beginning instead of having to read backwards from the most recent post.



event | by Dr. Radut