I'm working on a presentation I'm giving at the eMINTS Winter Conference about Web 2.0 Tools. My focus is not what they are, but how to use them to encourage higher order thinking skills, engagement, reflection, and questioning. I finally finished up the agenda today, so now I've started working on putting the plan together. In the process, I decided to update my classroom wiki and found the plugins on pbwiki. Very cool!
I finally feel comfortable about my presentation, but have a long way to go to be ready. I still need to update my website, but I'm thinking about just using my blog on 21 Classes instead. More people can access it that way and I can save some time, too.
Unfortunately, my students have just not been doing well (by my standards) with their blogs. More than once this week I've refused approval because they are being careless and lack detail. Makes me feel like a real schmuck to go present at a conference about how blogs are a great tool when my kids are not doing what I need them to. I try to think what's causing the problem but just can't put my finger on it. I hate to say they're being lazy, but that's all I can come up with. I've tried giving prompts, blocking approval and giving more prompts, giving an example, having others comment, and even used pictures within the blog. Maybe next week will be better. I certainly hope so.