Mark Wagner, at the K12 Online Conference, made a presentation titled â€œBlog if You Love Learning: An Introduction to Weblogs in Education (Basic)â€ that I felt I had to checkout because of the novice experience I have with actually implementing blogs in my classroom. He presented many great resources, including example teacher blogs and educational sites like edublogs, which allow teachers, students, and administrators to get involved in the Read / Write web. The entertaining demeanor and mannerisms that Mark used during his presentation showed the passion he has for the subject. I felt that he was talking to novices all the way up to advanced levels bloggers because of the understandable cadence he used.
His presentation was not inspirational by the standards set early by David Warlick, but the point was discussed early on the video about what the Read / Write web actually entails. Having not read many of the early publications on educational blogging and wikis, I always wondered what the Read / Write web actually represented. After thinking about the comments, I realized that many of my students are not aware of the presence that they can have online as an individual when to comes to actually creating content, rather than taking others content. I recommend Mark Wagnerâ€™s discussion for those who need both information and a defined layout of the Read / Write web. Those in need of inspiration, should still watch David Warlickâ€™s presentation one more time.