Because the task I described at the end of my previous post, proved a little too challenging for my students, I re-cast it (see below). I’m trying to lead them to an understanding of web 2.0
What is good blogging?
- Visit this blog, then this one. Which is better (more interesting, more useful) do you think? Why is it better?
- Now visit this blog, then this one. Which is better do you think? Why is it better?
- Now visit this blog, then this one. Which is better do you think? Why?
- Now go back to the blog you chose in question 1. Write the answers to these questions on your blog.
- Who is the blog author?
- What is his/her name?
- Which country and town do they live in?
- Do you want to write a comment on their blog?
- Why (or why not) write a comment?
- Is it easy to write a comment?
- If you write a comment, can the blog author reply to your comment?
- Can the blog author contact you?
I followed this up with a quick look at the BBC websites which invite readers to post their photos and videos.
I feel like I’m re-inventing the wheel here. Thousands of people have probably already put together a list of instructions and tasks for EFL students beginning blogging, and they’re no doubt all much better than my attempt. But I couldn’t find any suitable ones in an hour’s worth of Googling. If you know some, or want to collaborate, please drop me a line.
(Credit: a very warm thanks to Aaron and Sean for lending me their students’ blogs.)