Thanks Tony, That's useful informaiton. I've been using a wiki for my emerging tech class, and soon now for my qual. research class, but it's a private wiki (I built the server from the ground up and it sits in my house) with its own domain name so it is not found by bess filters. It gave me a chance too, to grow my tech muscles and personal insights. co-development of context and identity kind of thing.
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From: "Tony Whitson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> That is interesting.
> For my class I'm using edublogs.org. With a blog there, you get a free wiki
> on wikispaces. edublogs.org also has blog software specially for college
> students and for k-12. It is provided exclusively for educational use, so I
> expect somebody could get kicked out for inappropriate material; although
> it's also likely that it would not be caught.
> My curriculum blog and curriculum wiki are public. My social studies wiki
> will be private, limited to students in faculty in the block of courses they
> are taking this semester. My social studies blog is public, so they know
> anything they put there is being published to the world; but I'm not doing
> the kind of "trackbacking" etc. that would draw a wider readership to this
> blog, which is mainly for my undergrads. I'm hoping many of them will start
> blogs of their own & post their pages there with trackbacks to the class
> One of my purposes is to get them involved with professional communities of
> practice, so that even work they do for my class is not seen as something
> they are doing for me or to satisfy my requirements, but is seen rather as
> contributions they are making to the profession they are entering.
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> From: "Tony Whitson" <email@example.com>
> > thanks, bb
> > If you
> > know of any blogs or wikis that would be of interest to my students, I
> > love to hear from you -- especially if you know of blogs or wikis created
> > k-8 classes that include social studies.
> Interesting - Blogs have been part of the content for an "emerging
> technologies" course that I sometimes teach. In our program, I fly around
> the country and my classroom is usually a computer lab in a school
> somewhere. Here's what I've found -- almost all of school district filters
> ,in sites where I teach, prevent access to most blogs (and quite a few
> Here's what the secure computing says about why Bess blocks blogs:
> "Personal Pages (pp)
> This category includes personal home pages that share a common domain such
> as those hosted by ISPs, University/Education servers, Free Web Page hosts,
> etc. Blogging sites are also included. Personal home pages present a risk to
> viewers because content ranges from harmless to offensive, yet these pages
> are not highly trafficked, making them difficult to categorize and provide
> coverage for each personal page."
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