To answer your question, Moodle is still not a blogging platform. As a course management system, I don't know if there is anything better. I've still found it possible to integrate blogging into classrooms using RSS or linking features, and the discussion forums are great for providing multiple threads of topics for student discussions.
For anyone thinking about incorporating blogging into their courses and thinking about Moodle, realize that it's blog feature is not meant to be a public endeavor (which is what makes blogs so attractive in the first place).
I have had a chance and do plan to contribute to the other Moodle-related discussions...thanks for the note!
It's interesting to learn that being part of this community was a requirement in a teacher training programme! We have certainly come a long way! It's so good to see that online professional development resources are recognized out there in the real classrooms. There is still a lot of resistance to this type of learning (mostly because it doesn't give you a piece of paper at the end) but, gradually, the online world is getting richer and is beginning to get the attention that it deserves.
Welcome aboard! I'm sure that you will continue to find value in the time you spend on this site.
Hey everybody! I think I am already feeling overwhelmed around here. WOW, what a huge tank of knowledge to draw from.
I teach in the Educational Technology and Library media program at Pittsburg State University in SE Kansas. This is my first semester in this role. I crossed over "from the dark side" of public education after teaching high school math for 10 years. I must say that I am LOVING where I am now. Being able to share new technologies with fellow teachers has always been a passion of mine, and that's what I am getting to do now.
I will say that this whole Web 2.0 thing is terribly intimidating, but exciting at the same time. I am trying to learn as much and as fast as I can. I think Classroom 2.0 is going to help me with that learning curve! I look forward to meeting some of you and sharing ideas and frustrations.
Yes, a quick glance at the number of forums and discussions here reveals that this indeed is a rich environment and, therefore, can often seem intimidating. It sounds like you have a lot of experience as an educator, though, so feel free to jump into some existing forums or start your own discussion on a topic that is relevant to you.
This sounds like a dream job! I also love to share new technologies wih teachers and students. Classroom 2.0 has been a great way for me to learn new tools and ideas when and where I can. I love it here and hope you do too.
Hi everyone. I'm an assistant principal at a high school in Winchester, Virginia. I got started with Web 2.0 just recently becaue of a class from UVA taught by another mem ber, Chris Oneal. I've started using some basic tools and trying to help out the other administrators in broadening their use of the internet. I think this group can help in that task. It appears to have an amazing group of people to draw from. Hope I can be of some assistance.
As an assistant principal working with web 2.0 tools, I am sure you can offer great perspectives on many of the issues discussed here. Also, it's great to see you are working with other educational leaders on better understanding technology.
There are many great discussions, ideas, and resources here. Feel free to start discussions, ask any questions, or to join in the many existing discussions. Our different jobs and perspectives within education make the collaboration here so helpful and enriching. You hit the nail on the head - there is an amazing group of people here...
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Hi - Everyone my name is Harold Shaw and I live in Maine and am a Special Education teacher at a small private school - Averill High School (a school for students that have not been successful in the public school environment. Just trying to figure out this 2.0 movement and how to incorporate it into my classroom practices. --Harold
Thanks for joining Classroom 2.0! I think you'll find a great deal of helpful information here. For example, there was just a great discussion on Google Earth. Also, Andrew shared a very useful and wonderful web 2.0 tutorial he created.
Feel free to use the search function on the top-right, the area, subject, or tool listing along the right-side, or just browse the forum by clicking on Forum on the top navigation bar.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Welcome aboard!
Hi everyone. I am Sinikka Laakio-Whybrow, a language teacher from Finland. For years I have been involved in all kinds of school projects with partners in Europe and Asia. I am keen to learn to use the fantastic new tools to manage these projects more easily. I also hope to share ideas and best practices with peers around the world. I look forward to getting to know many new colleagues in this network!