Final Blog (except for your reflection)

I can’t believe it is over again. Good job.

There were some great syntheses, however, there were far too many lists of what you had covered in your previous blogs. A synthesis needs to highlight what has emerged in your thinking as a result of having done all this research. For too many of the blogs, it was just a recap of what had already been covered.

However, I did enjoy them immensely. I’ll be reading your reflective pieces this week, and then it will be almost over.

If you haven’t gotten your videos posted, please do so by the end of Week 11 so I can get the module marks compiled and submitted.


Almost Finished

I can’t believe that another year is almost over. This module just seems to fly for me.

Thanks so much to all of you for making this such an enjoyable class to teach.

I was at a meeting last week where all Year Three Module Organisers were reminded to ask you to make sure you fill out your NSS before the end of the month (there – I’ve done my bit).

I have invited the Year Two students who are thinking of taking this class to come along on Thursday to see what it is like and have a chat to you about how the class runs (I hope you don’t mind). I have had a few say they would like to try it out.

Once again – thanks for the year.

Blog 7 Done

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself – Rita Mae Brown

I started with something I retweeted this week, because this is what I think of conformity.

Well, on to what you are really waiting for. Your blogs were great. The standard just keeps climbing. Congratulations to all of you. No mentions – too many are too good.

One thing I need you to do is e-mail me with the links to the two talks you have posted. I have tried to keep track, but realise that I have done a poor job of it.

Have a great Easter break, and I am looking forward to your last bunch of blogs and talks when you get back.

Grades are Up

Your grades are finally up. Good job.

I have really enjoyed your blogs this week, and I’m not going to mention the ones I thought were great, because the list is getting too long.

There is one that I will mention however, more because of the discussion and thinking behind that than anything (the blog was great as well). That is Sarah’s blog. Read the discussion, and you will see that there is some real thinking going on. It is happening in other blogs as well, but this one stood out as a real example of thoughtful discourse.

One thing that I want to bring up. The attendance at last weeks class was not great. This is unfair to those who have prepared their talks. I know there were a couple of you who couldn’t make it, but the rest of you should be there. I took attendance last week, and will do so again this week (I feel so school teacherish doing this).

That said, looking forward to Thursday, and then the Easter break!!!

Monday (but Saturday)

I actually finished marking Saturday, but didn’t have all my e-mails at home to check those who had difficulties with comments, so had to wait until this morning to make sure you got proper credit.

Great blogs again with the following notable reads: EmmaNatalie, EleanorBeccaJackJan-David, Emily, LisaJoshSophie W., and Liam.

Of particular note is Liam’s because one of the comments made. Nutty professor (or something like that) reblogged and commented. Go have a look at the comments on their blog regarding Liam’s work. I think all of you can smile at that one.

One area that I think some of you can look at is tying your blogs together. Often I read about a reference to a previous week, or one of your classmates blogs, and there are no links – this is what makes blogging powerful. Give your reader a link to the work you are referring to.

A second area, that is related in my mind (however twisted that may be) is the inclusion of pictures and quotes. During your talks, I see a lot of thought provoking quotes and pictures used to make a point. Because of the nature of blogging as a media, you can do that here as well.

A final point, where I dis see some great examples this week, was around debating. In a few places, I saw some healthy debating starting. It is great. Many of you are writing about similar topics, but from a different viewpoint. Use that to your advantage. Take what you are learning, and bring it into a discussion that you can have with others about what they have written. Not in a confrontational way, but in the same way you would have a discussion during a talk.

Keep up the good work, and keep thinking. There is no bell in this class to tell you that you are done learning.

Tuesday this time

With all the best intentions, Friday just didn’t happen.

I have to say I’m happy with your blogs. In particular, I’m well impressed with Emma, Natalie, Gabby, Becca, Jack, Jan-David, Eve, Tom, David, Chris P., Sarah P., Sarah R., Josh, Sophie W., and Stephanie (I think the list just keeps on growing).

In particular, I want you to draw your attention to a couple of things.

If you have a look at Jan-David’s blog entry for last week, you can see that it has been re-blogged. This means that someone else in the blogosphere has read Jan-David’s work, and was so impressed that they put the entire blog entry into their own blog. Congratulations Jan-David.

The other thing I wanted to draw your attention to is my own Scoop-it! account. I have a Psychology in Education section that I curate web sources for, and scoop some of the best work that I read here to that account. Have a look, and think about the whole social media world, and using it to help pull together your own work in this area.