While I created a blog using blogger (and am posting this entry on that site), I have also started exploring ePals, a blogging and communications tool specifically designed for students and teachers. I have just registered as a teacher and have stated my goal as seeking connections for:
1) Students in my school who are virtual learners. We have a core of about ten students who are taking virtual elective courses to supplement their core curriculum of face-to-face courses. The students are able to choose from a wide range of electives based on their individual interests. I would like them to be able to touch base with students in other areas of the world who also study online, in order to exchange experiences and collaborate on strategies for successful online learning experiences.
2) As an educator and administrator, I would like to connect with teachers and administrators who have successfully integrated technology into their curriculums. Our school has made some strides in this direction, but we are always looking for new approaches that utilize technology creatively and successfully in the high school classroom setting.
After setting up my profile, I have started searching the bank of blogs that are set up on ePals to try to identify blogs that deal with my interests. There is a lot to read through and I am not sure I have figured out how to search effectively for relevant information. In addition to my search, I look forward to hearing from educators who have seen my profile and who will hopefully contact me.
I will continue to check out this blog site to see how it can address our schools’ interests and to see if our students can collaborate with students from other parts of the world.
Does anyone have any experience with ePals or a similar blogging tool?