Having previously bemoaned the slowness of the blogging service attached to our Education Department’s blogging portal Globalstudent it was so great to be able to head into the school computer lab today to find that almost miraculously the logjam had been broken wide open. Before I sound like I am carping can I just place on record how fabulously farsighted and brave are the managers in head office for getting this initiative up and available. Unlike other constituencies that are locking out completely or restricting blogging to ‘wall gardened’ communities, Globalstudent is open to the web and full on blogging.
A derivative of James’ edublogs, to all intents and purposes the blogs work the same as edublogs. The one major difference is the capability to add a Challenge Question that potential commentators have to answer before they can even comment let alone have the comment moderated as per normal. As I blogged earlier, the appeal of this feature from a safety angle is actually a problem in itself as when we move outside our school community to seek comments, the challenge can actually form a de facto walled garden, albeit with a smaller wall.
Now prior to today, once more than 3 students logged in to Globalstudent school wide, the whole connection slowed interminably such that on more than one occasion connections timed out. This made it very frustrating both for myself and the students. It was almost impossible for us to have any meaningful instruction beyond a step or two let alone enable students to show off their work in class.
Over the weekend however everything has been resolved and today we had the lab humming as students moved in and out of their blogs at will. Presentations could be changed, problems with uploads and other features were resolved in minutes and I even got to sit back and take in the whole scene and almost feel redundant for the first time this year. Oh how sweet.
BTW the breadth and depth of the student’s blogs is coming along really nicely too which makes today’s developments doubly pleasing. If you get the time check out;
- Kelly on reading
- Emily on writing
- Brendan on drumming, guitars and cars
- Ebony on art and craft
- Tristan on computer games
- Caleb on rollerskates
- Katya on the piano
Fascinating reading and then you get comments like these from one grade 6 to another and you have to say “Yep, it’s working”.
You have chose a very interesting passion. I wouldn’t have picked that one up. Yeah, Shakespeare was a very inspiering, (sic) person with his writing. It’s hard not to be inspired with him. One final thing, why do you like writing reports? I’m not saying that I don’t like writing them but why?”