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    • Blogging for Educators
    • (as part of the Electronic Village online workshops)
    • 2008
  • Blogging 4 Educators
    • A 6-week online workshop aiming to introduce participants to edu-blogs http://blogging4educators.pbwiki.com/
    • Target Group
      • Teachers with no extensive experience in blogging
      • Participants are assumed to have skills necessary for basic communication via a discussion group and Internet browsing skills.
    • Work context
      • Hands-on opportunities for educators who are new to blogging
  • Technological setup
    • Main Communication Channel:
      • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blogging4educators
    • Supporting Blogs:
        • http://blog4educators.blogspot.com/    
        • http://blogging4educators.edublogs.org/
    • Group Bookmarks
      • Delicious - http://del.icio.us/blogging4educators
  • Technological setup (cont.)
    • Synchronous Communication and Support
      • Yahoo Messenger (informal Chat)
      • Skype (mainly u sed f or office hours and informal chat)
      • WiziQ   (for weekly m eet-u ps and guest speaker talks)
    • Other communal places
      • Pageflakes - http://www.pageflakes.com /Blogging4Educators
      • Twitter - http://twitte r.com/BlogEd08
  • Task / Purpose
    • Provide free teacher training opportunities for educators through an online hands-on workshop (learning by doing– practical knowledge as a result of active engagement) .
    • Introduce educators to edu-blogging in a meaningful way
  • How we engaged
    • We provided mentorship :
      • 24/7 Moderation
      • Personalized “Welcome” messages
      • Strong support thru different communication Channels
  • How we led other to engage
    • We engaged participants ( in a progressive way through weekly activities):
      • Exploration of the possibilities provided by different blog services, aiming at th e :
        • Creation and posting on both individual and collective blogs;
        • Comment management / comment writing;
        • Template personalization;
        • Tagging and,
        • RSS.
    • We connected participants to experts (interaction with guest speakers)
        • External Validation
        • Different perspectives
        • Real time interactions
  • Results
    • Almost immediate application of what participants learned to their own practice / reality
    • Development of a kind of a Community feeling – which has evolved into a parallel new space: NING http://blogging4educators.ning.com/ (where the conversation continues )
    • Closer bonds (and friendship) among some participants, and definitely among moderators
  • Lessons learnt
    • Moderating online requires a lot of background work and preparation - team spirit is CRUCIAL (the sense of community/ feeling of belonging/ cohesion starts within the moderators team)
    • Supporting and nurturing participants’ learning process are VITAL to a positive learning/moderation experience
    • Flexibility , understanding and tolerance when dealing with participants’ needs and requests are VERY IMPORTANT
    • Showing one cares and keeping the communication channels open welcomes people to progressively interact in a more spontaneous way
  • Reflection
    • Although this workshop worked for many of members, we weren’t able to reach to all the participants who joined the workshop in the same way.
    • This might have been due to:
      • The amount of emails exchanged daily
      • Different learning styles
      • Lack of time