Thinking about BLOGTALK2

As I prepare for BLOGTALK in Vienna, I am struck by the correspondences between my thinking about emergence theory (a la Stephen Johnson) as it plays out in the classroom, collective intelligence a la Levy, and collaborative intelligence. Sebastien Fiedler, a co-panelist, seems to be thinking along the same lines. I’ll try to push the active application of these ideas right from the first day of Artswriting through collaborative blogging, blog-‘zines, discussions with outside experts, all kinds of multi-media writing, and so on. Of course the question is, will the students buy it?

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Blogging Woes

The EL170 Manila blog has crashed big time–well, all of the MIDDblogs have crashed–this time for good, it seems–and the heartening news is that Charles and Henry discovered it almost as soon as I did. That means, of course, that this remarkable group of writers has truly taken over the blog and taken it on for themselves. Now the question is –how do we make the transition to Movable Type smooth for them? I’m thinking a la Hector about letting them set up their own blogs now and then backfilling the old blog as time permits. I do see the merits in this approach, that the students who really want to blog can do so, but it also privileges the individual over the collective body if we’re not all working off the same MOTHERBLOG.

Mulling it over…

Opening a Nerve Center Where I’ll Keep My Commentary, Reflections, and Works-in-Progress in BG’s Blogdom

I’ve tried this once before, way back in the early days of CET’s Manila blogs–I think I called that one Writing Mania or something of the ilk. Now that I am working through ideas on educational blogging for upcoming conference papers, and as I delve more and more into emergence theory-as-a-classroom practice or what I see others calling collaborative intelligence (as opposed to collective intelligence, I suppose, though I’m not sure I completely understand the difference) and digital storytelling as a means of academic discourse, I’m hoping to post to this blog regularly.

I’ve been blogged again, this time for Contemporary Ireland through Fiction and Film–it’s good to see that edubloggers are finding us. Will they find us once we’ve moved all my blogs: Artswriting which I’m in the throes of setting up on MT as we speak, the Irish blog, and Creative Writing, plus all their earlier incarnations?

For now this blog will look a little spare, until I’ve really figured out the tool and its possibilities.