It seems that the blogger puts forth informed positions often derived from a passion. Responders, on the other hand, appear to be free to react more impulsively. The end result is positive.
I find myself scanning over the information much more quickly than I would had I had a book in my hands. This might result from the sense that there is just too much to go over at once. As well, I feel that I am reading opinions rather than research-based information. Opinions do matter, but with the wealth of information out there, I simply find no time to devote to too many of them.
Blogs, though, do represent a venue to explore one’s own ideas and to facilitate feedback to these. Two of the blogs listed in Thing 4, for instance, spoke directly to me. http://817math.blogspot.com/2006/12/boeuns-scribe-for-december-4th.html gave me ideas on how to enrich information I have on edline for the students by transforming them into scribers – or translators – of what happens in the classroom. Edline is a useful instrument about a particular course for students. A blog would give additional information of what happens in the classroom on a given day. In addition, blogs present students the opportunity to have a voice. http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=133, though not of immediate application to me, was also helpful. In discussing the value of homework, it reminded me of the unreal reality (oxymoron?) I face with my students. These little eager honor students truly see homework as an opportunity to check their own learning, to verify their ability to apply what we started in the classroom. Reading the comments in this blog, I immediately started counting my blessings.