Thursday, April 21, 2005

Hmm...

Bud asked me today why I had taken down the links to my personal blog. I told him about the rule(these rules were hammered out by students) about not linking to personal blogs, in fear of revealing info about our district, which our district doesn't want. I explained that although I would never intentionally reveal us, I didn't want him to bend the rules in my favor.
So, he suggested I made a post about it, and asked the Blogsphere what the inhabitants think. So, uh... What do you guys think?

Rant

This is education-oriented, so I felt it belonged here.

One of the few things I hate about school is the essay. There's nothing wrong with an essay itself, but often, these essays have extremely strict guidelines and questions that we have to answer and pad out to the required length. In my Film & Compostion class, we were required to write an essay on the techniques of filmmaking and the thesis that Morgan Spurloc had for Supersize Me, his documentary about McDonalds.
I felt I had adequately answered most (or all) of the questions, and had done so in my own writing style, with my sense of sarcasm. However, I got a C.
My real frustration is that when I followed my essay guide to the T, It began to come out in a robotic, monotone way.

When I can't be as creative as I want to, I feel like my work is being stifled for being different, and that I can't have my individual writing style.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Rules and Stuff

Our class began to experiment with Wikis, ours being here.
Because of the rules, I really shouldn't post to my personal blog. The reason is, because we are experimenting with this, our school district doesn't want to be known in case we screw up somehow. I'd never reveal our district, my name, or school, but I took the links down to set a good example for my classmates.
It's kind of a shame- I think I do my best blogging on my personal one.

Anyway, Bud asked us to answer some questions.
3. What are some reasons why you think blogs might be useful at school?
I think that blogs would be useful for displaying student work, and, if the student feels the need to, post links relating to it.

5. Should student blogs be made public for the world to see, or just that schools community?
If the student knows that anyone can see their work, and said work is posted willingly, I see no reason not to allow their blogs to be publicly visible.

Those are really the only ones I have opinions about.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Editry

Added a counter.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Blahg, part duex

In response to my teacher's post here:
Well, to me, blogging has it's own way of doing things. I can post whatever! I can post anything! I choose not to post just ANYTHING, I post whatever I think is important to more than just me, and my opinions- I post things that I think are worth sharing, at least such is the case on my personal blog(link removed due to rules).

I think, as many have said, that blogging is special, in that I can post things and give information in a link, so anyone can follow what I'm saying without having to ask me for background information(as long as I have already provided it). I think that the ability to get a story or something else of interest on a blog while getting the honest opinion of someone who doesn't have the constraints of needing to be PC(I choose to be PC... Mostly). This allows people to find views of someone similar to them, and maybe find things that they might enjoy, or also have opinions about.

Our whole blogging class excursion started as a way for our school and school district to research the uses of blogging in the classroom, mostly as a way to display schoolwork in a portfolio system, for possible employers to view.

If this post and the comments on Bud's blog are any indications, then the educational blogsphere may soon have all of it's eyes turned on us. It may be up to us, the students, to decide the place of blogs in the schools.

I feel like I'm part of something.

See the what my classmates think here:
Elle's Blog
Moe's Blog
Joe's Blog
David's Blog
Tyr's Blog

Edit:Will Richardson blogged about our blogging.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Blahg

Bud posted some questions for us to answer:

1. Why do you use blogs? What do you currently use blogs for outside of school (If you do)?
A:First of all, Bud, PLEASE DO NOT PUT TWO QUESTIONS IN ONE. That annoys me to no end. Secondly, I just use my blog to post random stuff. Whatever I feel like posting.
2. What are some reasons why you think blogs might be useful at our school?
A:It might be a good way to post some stuff we're proud of, rather than the current portfolio system, where our work just sits in a box.
3. What are some potential problems that you see with blogging at school?
A:Access might be a problem, since the server and other components of the system may have problems from time to time.
4. Should student blogs be made public for the world to see, or just our school community?
A:Because the student chooses everything that they want to put in their portfolio, I think that they should be viewable by everyone in the world.