Class Blogging Week 1: 1
Previously, I ran a blog called CHOOSING PUBLIC EDUCATION that was run as a site for parents in Minneapolis Public Schools to learn more about what was happening district-wide than they were getting from other sources. I developed a small readership - a couple dozen people - but shut the blog down when a Yahoo Group aimed at the same audience proved to be much more successful. I had asked other parents to co-author the blog with me but the semi-public nature of blogging and the need to use an authoring tool other than email was just too much.
Anyway, I say all this because I am more familiar with blogging as in journalism rather than in journalling.
I am also a little confused about audience.
I assume that these blogs are meant for class consumption as students learning from one another seems to be a main point of the class. Yet, most of the emphasis regarding the blogging assignment was on the importance of "metacognition" to learning. Whatever . . . I will write the blog with the class as audience in mind.
Thoughts on UThink: It's pretty. I like the MOVABLETYPE aesthetic better than that of BLOGGER. I am frustrated with the lack of a spell checker and I also don't like that comments are not sticky - I lost a long post when I clicked on the HELP button looking for a spell check.
Feeling grumpy today so post may sound crabby.