• We are using Tumblr (www.tumblr.com) to keep departmental blogs in our Visual, Media and Performing Arts faculties. We intend to use them as hubs for creative professional development, publishing examples of experiments with a variety of Web 2.0 tools. Students also seem to enjoy Tumblr. It's easy to set up, customisable and enables simple publishing by email. Several courses/classes now have their own Tumblr blog, including our experimental enquiry based learning course, Tallis Lab (www.tallislab.com). We are also using Google Docs successfully to aid collaboration. We publish departmental and faculty documents, share lesson plans, create lesson resources and collaborate with colleagues outside school. We have a Blogger blog for our staff/student creative learning action research group (http://creativetallis.blogs...) where we share our experience of using a range of online resources. We really like using Wallwisher but Spaaze and Stixy are also interesting alternatives for virtual noticeboards. I think Twitcam has real potential. We recently used it to broadcast live from a sculpture project at a central London gallery. The artist we worked with has just contacted us to say that she was inspired to set up her own blog as a consequence of seeing the students working so naturally with new media.

  • Thanks for the speedy reply. I have been thinking about getting teachers to keep a reflective journal by blog but feel that they would not put in the time to make it worthwhile. I have recently found http://penzu.com/ for keeping an online journal of CPD via Nik Peachey http://nikpeachey.blogspot.... and am planning to try it out in the New Year.

    I really like the idea of wallwisher.com for post-training sharing of ideas and ti is much easier than keeping a blog going or asking people to keep logging in to a VLE.

    Have you used http://cmap.ihmc.us/ for concept mapping? I think it is much more powerful than other mapping tools (e.g. can add hyperlinks, link to other mind maps, embed documents, etc) but requires a download...

    Btw, what is TEEP and PGC training? Postgrad Certificate...?

  • Thank you further suggestions and links Tony. Keep us informed how you get on with penzu : ) . I agree to an extent about your arguments for using blogs but if you persist then I feel that they can make a difference particularly if you schedule time to update it e.g. During Department or Team Meetings.

    For info on TEEP training please see www.teep.org.uk and for another post on this site: www.staffroomproject.com/ta... .

    Typo, I meant to say PGCE ; )

  • Do you have any feedback on using these? Any successful (or disastrous) projects? I have seen most of these too but not really put them to any meaningful use.


  • Hi Tony,

    Thank you for reading. We have used all of the suggestions mentioned in the post and they have worked on the continuum of well - excellent. I found working on a mutual blog somewhat time consuming in the beginning to get it up and running and perhaps not as easy as I had thought as people, in this case teachers, couldn't find the time to add their feedback at the start but this changed with time. An example of a successful collaboration using a combination of Drupal and a standard Blog can be found here: www.staffroomproject.com/?q... . Work completed on this website was later published please see: http://bit.ly/864CGI . We use collaborative Mind-Mapping, for example Mind-Meister (and to an extent Wallwisher.com e.g. see recent http://bit.ly/creativeTeach ) in TEEP and PGC training and find this tool superb to continue the discussion after having delivered training.


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