Last semester, I had my students debate whether stereotypes have a greater impact on men or women, and I recorded the debate and later posted it on the class blog. The students really enjoyed this activity. This term, just this past Wed., I had my class debate whether masculinity stands in the way of men entering female professions as well as getting involved in child care. It did not go as well as the debate last term and one student posted a scathing review of the activity on his blog. In my comment, in response to his post, I told him we can discuss his concerns in class on Friday but as he did not attend class on Friday and blogger service was unavailable, I couldn't ask students to respond to his post. If you'd like to check it out - Flaws of a Group Debate at http://richgranados.blogspot.com/ .
Following an in-class screening of Gone Baby Gone last week, on Friday, May 13, I reserved half of the class period, or one hour, for my students to compose their Blog Post #10 which was a response to Prof. Luke V's Heroic Lives students' essays on consequentialism in Gone Baby Gone. Luckily, I composed the directions for this assignment- Luke's essay prompt and which aspects/how my students should respond to his students' essays, and list of my students and their partners from Luke's class- in Google Docs rather than as an unposted blog post on my class blog as since Thursday, some time in the afternoon, Blogger service was unavailable. As a result blog posts posted on Wed. and Thurs. were erased, and while one could read whatever was posted on the blogs prior to Wed., signing in, posting or commenting functions were unavailable. As a result, I had to e-mail all my students with extensive directions on how to complete all their assignments- blog posts and formal assignments- in google docs and share these with me and once blogger becomes available to post the links on their blogs as we have done since the beginning of the semester. Blogger service was restored at some point on Friday afternoon. Some of my students, over the weekend, did post the links to their Google docs document containing responses to Luke's students' essays on both, their own blogs and as comments on Luke's students' blogs.
Am slowly losing my faith in blogger and if I use a platform next term, I think I'll consider tumblr or NING.
This is just a bit of a rant-on Friday night, the boiler in my complex broke(they still have not fixed it) so I have not had hot water or heat, and still don't, and my internet provider cut my connection off claiming another account which is connected to my account(huh?) has not been paid for for 180 days. So not heat, no hot water and no internet until last night...