Back from camp and finally getting over the room moves of the past few weeks, it has been time to catch up with the Passion Project blogs. Today was lab time for the first two groups of classes and a good chance to look in at a few students. As usual there were the odd surprise or two including a couple that suggested the students involved had a real appreciation of blogging and what their blog could do.
One of the students Beth asked if she could have a quiz like the redoubtable Zara had on her blog. Not quite knowing what she was asking I got her to open up Zara’s site and there on a separate page was a link to Zara’s Chatterbean Quiz. Now this was the first time that I had come across Chatterbean so I resolved to check it out from home just to see whether it was suited to our purposes. After a quick look around the site, it looks pretty harmless apart from the ads, and the suggestive nature of some of the resident quizzes. On this score I have to admit that some of the magazine quizzes that you can get are more questionable so I think that I can see my way clear to allowing other students to access the site.
We had also been noticing a lot of Comment traffic coming from the AllStars bloggers from Sydney. This was most heartening as the comments being made by our Sydney friends were very thoughtfully structured. I was again taken slightly aback to find that Emily from BPS and Nadine from the AllStars had gone beyond simply reading each others blogs but were now actively visiting and commenting on each other’s posts completely of their own volition. They had even been hooked into the 8 things meme. Neat….
Back on the slightly more concerning front though it was a little disturbing to find a number of bloggers have been including images of logos in their post. Even though they had gone to the trouble of crediting the page where the image was taken we will definitely have to have another little talk about what is copyright and what is freely available. Again the ease of the internet makes it very tricky to keep an absolutely tight reign on free spirits.