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Introducing learnerblogs.org and uniblogs.org

Well in an official-esque announcement sense I now pronounce learnerblogs.org and uniblogs.org open for business.

Basically these are sites in a similar vein to edublogs.org in that they are seeking to provide free blogs, but this time for K12 school students and university / college students.

learnerblogs.org is basically born of demand. So many teachers wanted to use edublogs.org as a place for their students to set up blogs that it basically seems to be needed and let’s face it, if you’re not tech savvy then Blogger, LiveJournal, Xanga etc. don’t really cut the mustard for what you want for your school kids doing blogging. So, my aim for this is to make it work as well as possible -specifically- for school students in educational contexts…. feedback / requests / comments / thoughts very welcome here!

uniblogs.org seems like a natural complement (and also a pretty funky name) and I have to admit that I’m a bit excited by the potential with this one. Things like global categories could do amazing things in terms of getting people blogging about particular disciplines together, and then there’s the social aspect… huge I reckon. So again, a slightly different focus to learnerblogs or edublogs (which both have a kinda ‘independence’ about them) and one that I’m looking forward to toying with.

Now, what I need [read: am begging down on my knees] people to do is to share these with other teachers, university student groups and the ol’ listservs, you know it makes sense šŸ˜‰

  • Posted on: November 1st, 2005
  • 9 Comments
  • Category: Just Blogging
  1. KlausNo Gravatar said on November 3rd, 2005 at 7:40 am

    Certainly I have missed something. What is the difference between edublogs.org uniblogs.org and learnerblog.org ? What makes them so special that they are suitable for student and teachers ?

    BTW: On both frontpages of learnerblogs.org and uniblogs.org there is a link named edublogs.org but links to learnerblogs.org

  2. JamesNo Gravatar said on November 3rd, 2005 at 8:16 am

    I Klaus, basically it’s like this:

    edublogs: teachers, lecturers, researchers, professors, librarians etc.

    uniblogs: University, college, higher education students

    learnerblogs: K12, high school students

    Thanks for the heads up on the link… am a bit of a ‘build it as you go’ on this front.

    What makes them special?

    Specific communities & the potential that holds, better blogging systems, free and hopefully a whole lot moire down the line…

    To be honest I have a hatred of most things ‘educational’ so in terms of the systems themselves, there’s going to be nowt different to a regular fully functional blogging setup.

  3. MichaelNo Gravatar said on March 11th, 2006 at 11:23 am

    I was lucky enough to see Will Richardson speak at a conference today…phenomenal stuff- my question as an interested high school educator is though- What is the key to developing a classroom connected “blogging community”??? Ideas?

  4. Mike HetheringtonNo Gravatar said on March 30th, 2006 at 10:15 am

    1. Put controls (yes…teacher moderated and rules) in place to keep the blog education oriented.

    2. Allow the students some breathing room on rule one. An occasional off-topic post keeps things interesting.

    3. 95% of the writing on the blog should be done by the students. The primary goal is to make it their learning community, not yours.

    4. Strongly encourage (mandatory) students to make “quality” comments on their peers blogs. The perception of an audience motivates the students to continue posting.

    Visit my students site, Room 613 Student Blogs at http://hetherington.learnerblogs.org

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