Virtual School Meanderings

July 29, 2012

EDTECH597 – End Of The Course

Eight weeks ago I posted an entry entitled EDTECH597 – Blogging In The Classroom that described a course I have been teaching for the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University this summer semester.  During that time I have posted weekly messages to describe what I was asking the students to do and the readings I had assigned.

I have also posted entries for all of the activities I have asked of the students:

I have also posted sample blog entries for each of the different types of entries that I have asked of the students.

Finally, during one of the early weeks I posted a sample entry about the readings, and then later I asked the students to participate in blogging in three different formats:

I have to be honest and say that I rather enjoyed this summer semester experience.  It was fun to put together a series of blogging activities, given that I had participated in several of these # days to a better blog activities.  I have always thought about doing one of those # days to a better blog, but never had the time or really the guts to try to pull it off (when there are so many other edubloggers out that that do such a fine job).

I post this summary message for those folks who haven’t been following along for the past eight weeks, as I suspect this will be the closest I ever get to one of those # days to a better blog series.


  1. Thank you, Michael, for a great class! I enjoyed it and learned a great deal. I have a ton of ideas from you and my classmates that I will take with me into my own classroom. It is apparent you put a lot of effort into making this class innovative, challenging, and you also allow for creativity.

    Comment by Tracey Gieson — July 29, 2012 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment Tracey! Blogging is a topic that I am passionate about, largely because I feel I have gotten so much out of the exercise myself (both as a learner and a teacher).

      Comment by mkbnl — July 29, 2012 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  2. Michael, I have really enjoyed this course! I have a lot of new ideas to implement into my classrooms. Plus, although I teach online course, this is the first online course I have taken and it has given me a lot of perspective. There are a lot of things you do that I really like that I plan to use this fall. Thanks for a great semester!

    Comment by Stephanie Breach — July 29, 2012 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

    • Stephanie, it is interesting that in order to teach with the VHS Collaborative – one of the oldest and best established K-12 online learning programs in the United States – a teacher must first take an online professional development course from them. Their rationale is exactly what you have experienced this semester, they feel to be a good online teacher you must first have been an online student.

      Comment by mkbnl — July 29, 2012 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for the experience! I certainly learned a lot! I hope to use my blog this fall!

    Comment by tanyamwilliams — July 29, 2012 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tanya! It has been an enjoyable semester for me as well. I was a little intimidated by the prospect of 22 students in the course (as I only had 8 last year), but it turned out to be a good number to work with in the end.

      Comment by mkbnl — July 29, 2012 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks for a very useful course. And, thank you for this post. It will have a proud home along side my workstation when I go back to school next week!

    Comment by craigdean — July 29, 2012 @ 9:48 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Craig! I know I learned lots this semester from each of you and the variety of blogging topics that each of you wrote about.

      Comment by mkbnl — July 29, 2012 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for this post! I learned a lot about communication and education. It doesn’t end with the bell these days and stay withing my four classroom walls. I will continue to think about this and find ways to teach smarter!

    Comment by lizdean — July 29, 2012 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

    • You are so right Liz! A tool like blogging can be a simply as a broadcast medium to let students and parents know what is going on to a pedagogical tool that is embedded as a part of your plan for having your students discuss and interact – and I suspect a wide variety of potential uses in between those two extremes.

      Comment by mkbnl — July 29, 2012 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

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