Comments: Weblog

Some other names - some big, some middling - getting involved with weblogging:

Microsoft (and again)
Java
IBM / Lotus
Harvard Law School
MIT
Macromedia
Paypal

Not to mention The Guardian (twice), Noam Chomsky, the George W Bush and John Kerry election campaigns, Moby, Beck, the actor Wil Wheaton, Michael Moore, Anita Roddick, Neil Gaiman, Avril Lavigne and Barbra Streisand ...

Weblogging is a medium whose time has not only come, but has come for at least two years. Any stigma it might have is due to misconceptions about the people who weblog - the fact is that it's a very good medium not just for reflection, but also for dissemination. I believe there might be a paper kicking around somewhere on the subject.

Eventually people will catch up to the technology, and actually understand it rather than wanting to appear up-to-date. Cultural osmosis will see to that, but showing them example after example might be the only way to do it for the time being.

Posted by Ben at May 12, 2004 10:01 AM

I also wanted to mention Mohammad Ali Abtahi, the Iranian vice president in charge of legal and parliamentary affairs. When even the Iranian government starts getting weblogs, you have to wonder why western academics are still dragging their feet.

Posted by Ben at May 12, 2004 10:13 AM

After seeing how easy it is to use a google blog, I was considering using blogs next year as a way to incorporate "reflection" into our portfolio system.

Take a look at our portfolio site ..... we are using this system with 850 9th and 10th grade students in our school.
Click on my portfolio
user jostudent
password sample

Posted by Rob LaBanca at May 18, 2004 02:09 PM

I agree, in fact I would go further and say that a weblog is only a few steps short of an ePortfolio. And since those who offer blogging services increasingly allow users to upload multimedia as well as text, then I would contend that the difference is blurring. Interesting to think then that the use of eportfolios might in the end be driven by learners and not educators in their use of blogs...

Posted by Karim Derrick at June 2, 2004 06:18 PM
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