I was impressed by the Acton High School blogging project on Teachers.TV. The students came across as being motivated by the project (though I’m sure the video was shot to create the best possible impression) and I think the students got a lot more out of the project than just developing their writing skills and knowledge of the English language. According to their teacher the blogging project promoted collaboration, critical thinking and reflection (through peer-reviews). It also helped them develop a confidence in their own abilities and a take control of their own work. This has to be a really positive thing!
I been following a few blogs on learning technologies and TESOL for about 18 months now. I found out about them from Twitter and then from the blog rolls (does anyone else see the double meaning here?) recommending other blogs. I appreciate the time and effort that people have spent on their posts for no other apparent reason that to share information, ideas, experiences and thoughts with other like-minded people. I appreciate the discussion and debate that posts and comments stimulate. I have found them and great way to stimulate my own thoughts and ideas and most importantly as a really useful source of information that has contributed significantly to my own learning.