Yesterday, was the first day of classes at the University of Regina, although my first day of teaching is today. This semester, I am teaching two sections of ECMP 355 (under a CC license) which will be held face-to-face this time around. ECMP 355 is an introductory course to using technology in the K-12 classroom. It’s a very popular class here, although, still not a mandatory requirement in our program.
Like the last few years, I will continue to use blogging for the duration of the course, although the emphasis is increasing. I’m looking forward to using James Farmer’s Edublogs.org system this year. In past semesters, I’ve had students use Blogger usually, unless they had access to their own server and a bit more-than-usual technical ability. My issue with Blogger has always been the environment … it’s hard enough to convince teachers/schools to use blogging without having to use the Blogspot environment which is full of innappropriate content. Having a WordPress-based hosting service like Edublogs is a real a treat, and will be invaluable to my students. Kudos to James.
I’m also experimenting with podcasting this semester. I’ve put together the first ECMP 355 podcast on the ECMP Blog. I’m interested to see how students react to the idea of podcasts in a course such as this, or in their own future teaching.
There’s lots to do, and I’m excited, as always, to start with a new group of preservice teachers this semester. I’ll keep you all posted.