I really like the way he has organized his information and the way that he has developed his site into a valuable resource for his students. Interesting starting points for discussions on student portfolios too. But, couldn’t all of this and more be done more easily by teacher and students using weblogs? I definitely want to use some of the ideas when building the teacher template, but this is obviously someone who knows what he’s doing with a computer. (He’s got his own consulting gig going.) I wonder if he knows about Manila?
A quick search for “weblogs” on ESchool News, Techlearning.com , ITTE, and The Journal, all supposed leading publications in the field of educational technology, comes up with…you guessed it…ZERO responses. I still can’t believe more people haven’t caught on to this.
I’ve got to figure out how I am going to limit the ability of students not in my classes to create new weblogs. I’m sure at some point word will get out that we now have this weblog feature…I don’t want to worry about finding inappropriate content on our site. Membership is a similar issue…I want to limit it to just the students in my class.
Ken Dow says (at ManilaNewbies): “If you want to strictly control who joins your site, your can turn off Membership to hide the Members box and disable the automated sign up. Then only you can add Members using the Admin page. Remember to bookmark the login page before you try this, or you won’t be able to log in!” Is that the only way to do it, I wonder? That would mean that the teacher would have to put in the addresses and passwords, right? And would the teacher have to create all the sites as well? Any ideas???
Don’t know what happened, but when I tried to edit my post from yesterday, the WYSIWYG editor totally messed it up, and after I fixed it, it wouldn’t repost. (Notice the blank space under Tuesday below.)I have to say that I am liking Manila more and more as I get used to it, but that funky editor is going to be a MAJOR problem if I want to reduce the code that students and teachers have to use in my templates. Very frustrating.