Portfolio Talk

Hi all,

downloadI hope you all have wonderful holidays and everyone is enjoying the weather. With this post I upload some information concerning your portfolio talk. It is supposed to give you some guidance for your portfolio talk and might be a help in preparing it. If you have questions please send me an eMail or leave a comment.
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Greetings Ralf

Pecha Kucha style as a way to do your presentation

You are asked to create a theoretical based usecase of microblogging or blogging and publish your results online.

The next step will be to give a presentation of your results in the seminar. In order to avoid long and exhausting presentations I ask you to do your presentation using pecha kucha style.

Pecha Kucha („Éö„ÉÅ„É£„ÇØ„ÉÅ„É£?), usually pronounced in three syllables like “pe-chak-cha”) is a presentation format in which content can be easily, efficiently and informally shown, usually at a public event designed for that purpose. Under the format, a presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds.1

So everyone should bring a slideshow with 20 slides with herself/himself to give a presentation of 6 minutes 40 seconds in total for our last seminar session on 14th of juli. Read more »

  1. Pecha Kucha. (2009, June 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 13:54, June 12, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pecha_Kucha&oldid=295977278 []

Whats up next?

This Post should help you to get some orientation for the next weeks. Please add you whishes, problems, thoughts, ideas, ….

  1. What kind of Problems are you facing with Task #6?
  2. Make sure to to get feedback to Task #6 from at least two people. Ask them to comment on your Posts. They don’t have to belong to the seminar. Consider to give feedback to the other students blogs!
  3. Please let me know what you want to deal with in the last weeks during the seminar. What do you still want to learn about educational (micro)blogging?
  4. Make sure all tasks are done till the end of the semester.


  1. Pink Sherbet Photography []


Last Semester I had a seminar about (e)Learning and some students created a film during the seminar. It is about microlearning and that is related to educational (micro)blogging as well.


Questions about Educational Blogging

In a Blogpost related to Task#4 Catha talks about one specific way how blogs can be used in Education.

“Create a blog where students describe a typical day at school. Invite other same aged students from different global locations to contribute the same type of information on the same blog. Let students ask questions and leave comments to gain cultural awareness. Students can then begin to share/compare thematic units being learned, novels being read, field trips being taken, etc.”1

In her opinion this is

“…very interesting for students, because in this manner they have the opportunity to learn a lot about other cultures and the way other students learn at school. The best is to be connected with students all around the world. Because the bigger the distance between the locations of the schools is the more interesting and exciting the project is.”2

That sound nice and interesting for me but iI have to admit that it sounds a bit like theory to me that the students could keep in touch by using the blog – but maybe I am wrong.


I think Sabine is asking good questions in her blog:

  • How can adults be «taught‚Äù to use the internet not like classical media?
  • How do have educational blogs to be changed to increase active participation ‚Äì and I talk only about comments and discussions?
  • What are the fears of adults to write a blog? How can they be reduced?
  • How does a virtual learning environment look like which motivates adults to write an own blog or even participate at all?
  • What does adults motivate to share their thoughts and learning experiences?

After you have some experiences now in educational blogging and as at least some of you also faced problems like the ones named above we should discuss all that. In the seminar and in this Blogentry/Comments/Trackbacks.
What are your answers to the above questions? Have you read anything about barriers and/or resistance in this context?

  1. http://web20intheclassroom.blogspot.com/2008/10/ways-to-use-blogs-in-your-classroom-and.html []
  2. http://caravirtual.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/task-4-one-of-33-ways-on-how-to-use-blogs-in-education/ []
  3. Image Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399/ []

How to use Blogs in Education

You might have read about the different possibilites to use Blogs in the Classrom or in Education in general. The Web 2.0 in the Classroom Blog lists 33 ways on how to use blogs in education. Please select one way or describe a new one which you like best and connect it to any educational theory.
Please remember to create your references like in usual scientific papers.


Since there are still a lot of blogs without any results of your research about articles on blogs in education I am asking myself if I gave you all necessary information!?
May be it’s just the lack of a propper deadline and/or the good weather…
So both tasks, the one from last week and this one should be done before next thuesday – our next seminar session.
So you new task is – guess what – search for sources of how microblogging (e.g.) can be used in school/education to support learning. Quote the most interesting parts in a blogentry and add your own thoughts. What ist good/useful and what should be improved within this concept?
Pretty well known are the Papers from Holotescu&Grosseck1, Eber&Schiefner2 which could be a starting point but there are more papers and articles outside…

Have a nice week and see you next thuesday in the seminar!

  1. Can we use Twitter for educational activities? []
  2. Microblogging – more than fun? []

The next task

Search for sources of how blogs can be used in school/education to support learning. Quote the most interesting parts in a blogentry and add your own thoughts. What ist good/useful and what should be improved within this concept? Please make sure to let us know where you get the text from just as in a usual paper you would write for other seminars.

There are a lot of sources on the web but maybe you’ll find some interesting things in the library too…

If you have an own idea how to use blogs that might be interesting too.


  1. Image Source http://www.flickr.com/photos/ben-zvan-photography/468487548/ []

Blogs and Twitter

Maybe you don’t have an Idea now what Blogs and Twitter are. So these Videos might help you to get a closer understanding about what Blogs and Twitter(Microblogging) are.

Pleasy describe in an own Blogentry what you think Blogs/blogging and Twitter/Microblogging are.
Don’t be afraid writing something wrong, you won’t be judged by what you think about those services.

Welcome Seminar

Hello and Welcome to the Seminar “Pedagogical Media Theory – Blogging and its possible relation to education”.
This Blog will guide you throug our Seminar and should be the place to ask and answer your and my questions. All ressources offered by me will be hyperlinked/provided in here.
In order to get your own experiences in blogging and microblogging you are asked to create a own blog and a own account for microblogging.
Before we go on with that you should have a look at this video.

After watching this video please take a while to think about it! (Really!) Read more »

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