I'm setting up a new blog for my Communications and Society course at GCSU.
I'm responding to a presentation, Weblogs in School by Will Richardson, that I attended yesterday, Friday, 17 Nov 06, at the 19th Annual Georgia Educational Technology Conference. Will talked about his own use of blogging in his high school classrooms, and I was inspired to try my own.
The purpose of this blog is to create a community of scholarly discourse within my classroom and to extend that community beyond the classroom.
We will use two books as a springboard for our discussion:
George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant! and
Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies, 1
The first task for the students will be to set up accounts in Google Mail and Google Reader. Google Mail will give all of us a way to communicate - Google Reader will give us a way to aggregate our reading about Lakoff, Popper, and communications and society.
The second task will be to respond to posts on this blog. This will form the primary forum for our discussion, which will be supported by the classroom. Nice reversal, that.