The student blogs have come along well this semester although I have one student who has yet to blog. He isn’t resisting; he does not yet have a computer and doesn’t want to use one on campus, even the ones in our lab. One student asked me if I was going to suggest corrections for their writing. I told her no because in the past when I did so, some people got discouraged, and besides she probably didn’t want me telling the world about her grammar errors. She understood that part. I have made grammar suggestions in the past, but I think it was not a good idea no matter how much students said they appreciated it. This time I am going to suggest that they come to the lab or my office if they want to discuss grammar and editing in their blogs.
I am posting through the Performancing add on for FireFox that Bee told us about to see how it works. I had tried Microsoft’s Live Writer, but it didn’t get along well with Blogger. I would write the blog posting in Writer then cut and paste it into Blogger. This meant that the formatting never transferred.
The class I introduced to Quizlet did poorly on their first vocabulary test, but they also did not add any words to Quizlet. Tomorrow I am going to suggest they use the tool more seriously. I don’t want to put all the words and definitions in myself, nor do I want to organize them for the task. I will just give them a few tugs and hope they make use of it. Two problems arose in using it for the first test: I didn’t find the program until a week before the test, and when I put it in WebCT, I did not have it open a new page. When it opened it WebCT, the students could not login. I fixed the second problem, but I couldn’t do much about the first one.
Tomorrow I am digital video taping my communication class’s group norm violations project. I have been learning how to do it because I can give them copies of their presentations that they can review. I want to move to having them do self-evaluations though I don’t think I will get that done this semester as I now have administrative duties.
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