Monday, October 20, 2008

Blogs in Portland Schools

For an example of school use of blogs, check out the Portland Public School Department Blog Server.

What makes blogging desirable for schools? See Joe Makley's post here.

Who else has some examples to share of blog use in Maine schools?

5 comments:

RS Love said...

Jim,

I just can't say enough good things about this Maine teacher's blog as I've mentioned here before:

http://web.mac.com/leasttern/Lit8/Literacy_8/Literacy_8.html

I think it's one of the best examples I've seen of blended use of Web 2.0 tools and desktop applications to deliver daily classroom communications and reflections.

She uses blog technology, web notebooks, RSS feeds and her web presence to provide 24x7 access to learning and exploration.

I think the subjects discussed on Betsy Sky-McIlvain's blog are both thought-provoking and insightful.

Worth subscribing to the blog feed if you're a middle school teacher or interested in one teacher's daily use of laptops and technology in the classroom. The expression "walking the talk" fits in this case.

Scott Love
Palo Alto, CA

Jim Burke said...

I agree with you, Scott. Thanks again.

jim

Sarah Sutter said...

Jim,
I've got a basic classroom blog, but my students all have individual blogs as well. I'd love to connect more of my students with those in other schools. I've got grades 9-12, ceramics, photo and digital imaging kids at this point.

Connect through http://mssutter.edublogs.org to see how we're using the blogs for e-portfolios, informal art critiques, and student self-reflection.

I'd love to hear from other teachers who have student blogs too - or class blogs with art that my students might comment on. Other subjects are viable too, as I'm trying to build the blogging base at our school.

Sarah

Jim Burke said...

Thank you, Sarah! :)

Geoffrey O'Brien said...

Wow, someone noticed my little side project down here in Portland.

For all you techies, our system is tied into our LDAP server to control accounts and privileges. This has come a long way since it's start 1 year ago. My serve ris currently hosting over 400 staff and student blogs. We are currently working on a project where students will use blogs as a medium for their digital portfolios.