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In Search of a Metaphor: What is a Manila Weblog? Edit

WebJournal Web Journals Edit

Web Journals are informal, often short pieces of writing. You can:

  • Freewrite about anything that's on your mind at the moment.
    • What Is Your Problem??? by Ashley R
    • Describe a recent experience.
    • I Met Good Charlotte, by Gizelle
  • Include an exercise from your writer's notebook.
    • To My Unborn Child, by Randy
  • Respond to an assignment by a teacher.
    • Maintaining Knight Status, by Devon
  • Regularly follow a topic of personal interest over time.
    • NBA season is underway! Who are the worst and best teams in each confernce? by Jeremiah (also follow his jersey icon)
  • Compose a poem or drop a rap or lyric.
    • In My Pink Tee 187 Style, by Westley
    • The Voice of the Boy, by Jay

Readers and responders should respond to the content of these messages. Please keep in mind that a Web Journal is typically not revised and only lightly proofread. The writing is often closer to what you might find in a private journal, not a published magazine or book.


  • Language: Is the language different from similar paper forms because the sense of audience?</li>
  • Technology:
    • News Items with "webJournal" in the title
    • choose name from News Departments
    • Personal Icon linked to Department (all News Items)
    • Listed on Sort by Students index page
      • in last 10
      • all
    • Discuss link at the bottom of all messages

readingBlogs Edit

  • Language:
    • How might it be different as a writer to copy and paste sentence starters like these as compared to using a paper list?
    • Do the sentence starters (as we use them) generate or restrict writing and thinking about books?
      • Are the sentence starters clear scaffolding, allowing a young writer to mimic mature responses to books?
      • Do they stifle personal response, encourage dependence, and limit thinking?
    • Is there evidence of an awareness of audience? Does this change anything in how these reading journals seems to be written?
  • Technology:
    • use of Sentence Starters
    • News Items with "readingBlog" in the title
    • choose name from News Departments
    • Personal Icon linked to Department (all News Items)
    • Listed on Sort by Students index page
      • in last 10
      • all
    • Discuss link at the bottom of all messages

REsponses

  • Language:
    • Do the sentence starters generate or restrict response writing?
    • What's different in the language used in response on a blog from what might be said verbally or written on paper?
    • Any important language differences in responses to webJournals and readingBlogs?
    • How are these responses similar to and different from what you might find on a discussion forum (like Nicenet)?
  • Technology:
    • Students find messages through
      • "Last 50 Messages" on the Home Page
      • Sort by Student
      • Calendar (used infrequently)
    • Writers are alerted that a response was left by seeing number of discussion items
    • Discussion items appear after last one in a list (not like a tree in a discussion forum)
    • Listed on Sort by Students index page - on list of all items.

linkOuts

  • Language: What kind of language are students using when they summarize, show opinions and read Web sites critically?
  • Technology:
    • News Items with "linkOut" in the title
    • choose name from News Departments
    • Personal Icon linked to Department (all News Items)
    • Listed on Sort by Students index page
      • in last 10
      • all
    • Discuss link at the bottom of all messages (rarely used)
    • When students choose topic in Link_list box at bottom, their links get listed on a separate page, using metadata tags.

Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP)

  • Language: Is there any difference between the process logs students write because they are public?
  • Technology
    • Use of Filer folders.
    • Documents will only open if appropriate software is on the computer.
    • Student's work can be dynamic (e.g. show proofs through creating a simulation)
    • (Yes, this is still a weblog.)

wordDrafts

  • Language:
    • How has Microsoft Word changed the way students write?
    • When they use the Comment feature, what kinds of language do students use to make recommendations?
    • When they use Tracking Changes, what deletions, additions, or other changes do they make in other student's texts?
    • Do we want them to be editing each other's writing or responding or what?
  • Technology:
    • Tracking Changes and Comments are nice features of Microsoft Word
    • Use of Filer folders makes word available on a blog.
    • "wordDraft" icon makes clear that the link will download a Word document
    • Students upload Word documents with comments, and make links these in discussion pages.

Exhibitions

  • Language: How does the language change as different modes are employed with the text: images, sounds, animations (movement), hyperlinks (space)?
  • Technology: From simple Stories with images to coding with javascript and Flash. How do we find time for this?

In search of a metaphor: What is a Manila Weblog?

  • Log on the Web?
  • Digital Paper?
  • Web Folder?
  • Portal for the Composing Process?

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