Cheer Each Other

ECD continues to influence me in surprising ways. He started up a second blog, a sister blog as he calls it. He wrote about the idea of it two weeks ago. He wanted to have a community blog where women could all contribute. He seemed to get a lot of support for his idea and the second blog is now a reality.

I thought about starting a community blog myself after that idea and am in the process of setting it up. I wanted to use the computer lab time my class gets more effectively this year and I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about it. ECD starting a second community-oriented, blog really got me thinking.

I could make a blog for my class. I could set up each student in my class as an author to the blog. I could post assignments right on my blog and they could answer by posting up to it. I thought that it was such a great idea; I started working on it last weekend.

I entitled this new blog “Cheer Each Other” because I believe that we as human beings should cheer each other up and cheer each other on. This has become a class motto for us. This blog will probably be boring to anyone who isn’t in my class and for security reasons I will not be allowing any outside comments. It will also not appear on my profile.

I think my “Cheer Each Other” blog will be a great tool in my teaching toolkit. I can assess computer assignments without having to print anything out anymore. I can design webquests, mark work without having to print anything, and use it to teach and assess computer skills with ease.

Thanks for the idea, ECD. Cheers!

4 responses to “Cheer Each Other”

  1. Sounds great! Have fun!

    I just wish there was a way to track who does what on these blogs though, as there is the potential for a little mischief, as I’ve discovered.

    Kids can edit each other’s administrative privileges, anonymously, for example.

  2. I know that there are concerns with this idea. I am not too worried that the kids will abuse it. I have given each student their own unique log on. This way, if they use it properly, I will know exactly who did what.

    I check my blog every day except Sunday and this blog is linked to mine. I will have control over it and if I teach them how to use it and respect privacy, I think it will be a good learning experience.