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planetcasestudy

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planetcasestudy

  1. 1. <ul><li>Blogging for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>(as part of the Electronic Village online workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul>http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/
  2. 2. Blogging 4 Educators <ul><li>A 6-week online workshop aiming to introduce participants to edu-blogs http://blogging4educators.pbwiki.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Target Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers with no extensive experience in blogging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participants are assumed to have skills necessary for basic communication via a discussion group and Internet browsing skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on opportunities for educators who are new to blogging </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Technological setup <ul><li>Main Communication Channel: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/blogging4educators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supporting Blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://blog4educators.blogspot.com/     </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogging4educators.edublogs.org/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Group Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious - http://del.icio.us/blogging4educators </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Technological setup (cont.) <ul><li>Synchronous Communication and Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo Messenger (informal Chat) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype (mainly u sed f or office hours and informal chat) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WiziQ   (for weekly m eet-u ps and guest speaker talks) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other communal places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pageflakes - http://www.pageflakes.com /Blogging4Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter - http://twitte r.com/BlogEd08 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Task / Purpose <ul><li>Provide free teacher training opportunities for educators through an online hands-on workshop (learning by doing– practical knowledge as a result of active engagement) . </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce educators to edu-blogging in a meaningful way </li></ul>
  6. 6. How we engaged <ul><li>We provided mentorship : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>24/7 Moderation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized “Welcome” messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong support thru different communication Channels </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How we led other to engage <ul><li>We engaged participants ( in a progressive way through weekly activities): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploration of the possibilities provided by different blog services, aiming at th e : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creation and posting on both individual and collective blogs; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comment management / comment writing; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Template personalization; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging and, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>We connected participants to experts (interaction with guest speakers) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>External Validation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different perspectives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real time interactions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Results <ul><li>Almost immediate application of what participants learned to their own practice / reality </li></ul><ul><li>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 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Closer bonds (and friendship) among some participants, and definitely among moderators </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lessons learnt <ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and nurturing participants’ learning process are VITAL to a positive learning/moderation experience </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility , understanding and tolerance when dealing with participants’ needs and requests are VERY IMPORTANT </li></ul><ul><li>Showing one cares and keeping the communication channels open welcomes people to progressively interact in a more spontaneous way </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reflection <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>This might have been due to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The amount of emails exchanged daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different learning styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of time </li></ul></ul>

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