I have just started blogging this fall, as part of a personal and professional goal. It has been a lot of fun just getting started. I've heard speakers discuss as well as read about how comments on blogs extend the discussion (for students and teachers). I believed it...and now I see it.
I have only posted a mere 8 or 9 entries so far and I must say, I really enjoy the comments posted by those who have read it. I can see how an entry isn't always just written, posted...and that's it. Actually it's much different. I have written, reread, posted, added to, changed wording, taken a reply or two, read others thoughts on the subject, reposted, etc.
I'm thinking about not only my personal learning about the process, but also very much thinking of the student in the classroom. If they were to blog and were able to get responses. How empowering that might make them feel. How different that might be than the usual "write a paper, turn it in, wait for only the teacher's thoughts" process that goes on in so many schools. I love how, in blogging, the discussion can go on and on. I've heard speakers (as I'd stated earlier) who talk about how the learning goes on and on well after the "assignment" is over. (I think it was Alan November talking about this...)
Well, I should probably apologize to those millions of blogs out there in cyberland...that I haven't responded to. I can say, I need a few blogs to read and to post comments on, so others can experience the same excited feeling.