||Thursday, August 25, 2005
Everyone seems to be gearing up for school. We continue to receive lots of interest in using Manila for "academic blogging" - this covers everything from student writing projects to faculty blogs.
I also think there is a growing awareness of just how useful this kind
of technology can be in the classroom for both students and teachers. I
asked a teacher why she was using Manila in the classroom.
response was, "because I only have
time to say it once. Posting it to the website is the easiest way of
doing just that - its also great because the students can use the
discussion boards to answer each others questions. It saves time and it
helps them learn to work together."
A teacher with a Manila site can post curriculum, announcements, host
discussions through the discussion group, as well as use Manila
departments (need link) for special projects or assignments. Individual
Sites can also be created for writing projects. Where each student may
have a blog or be working with peers on a writing project, its
important that access be restricted to site members and that work be
"approved" before its released to the class in general. This notion of
protecting the sensitivity of budding authors is becoming increasingly
This is easily done in Manila. You simply create accounts where the
students are "contributing editors." This requires the teacher, as a
Managing Editor, to approve posts before they can show up on the main
Manila is a great alternative as schools become more and more reluctant
to recommend students use free sites to post their material. Go to any
of the advertising supported free blogging sites, pick a blog, and then
click the "next blog" button a couple of times to see what I mean. It
can be scary and it demonstrates the need for a system capable of
giving kids the ability to explore their writing skills in a more
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