Jackie’s ruminations about a classroom blog led me to thinking about what might be involved in a multi-classroom blog.
I’m not meaning my own classes all contributing together, or even disparate students able to submit to a collective blog, but a blog related to a single math subject where 4 of 5 or more classrooms across the world contribute and comment.
Potential good points:
* Getting to learn techniques that are taught in one country but not another.
* The possibility of establish global pen pals (or even study pals).
* Raising student global consciousness.
* The usual good points about blogs — getting students to write about mathematics.
Potential bad points:
* Lack of enthusiasm causing dead air — look at my own experience with students guest blogging as a reference. (Yes, I had rather a lot more than 3 students.)
* Mismatched curriculum; even taking two classes using the same textbook issues might arise from one class being on chapter 3 and another on chapter 5.
* Time zone issues.
What do you all think? Having some global class matchmaking site is one of my “dream tech” concepts. I should be able to pick whatever lesson I’m at — say, absolute value — and immediately bring up a list of classes all working on the same topic, and be able to set up a Skype connection on the fly or direct student emails to a communal help forum or —
Just, it’s silly. When I was looking for a laptop I logged on to a MUD I have frequented for 16 years, and an Austrian friend of mine was online and recommended a brand which my wife and I purchased the next day and are now happy with. Where’s the classroom equivalent? When will TIMSS results separating by country be blurred into meaninglessness?