Panel – Rebecca Blood

A major theme that has run through the two days is about getting students to blog for life. She look at how many educators were actually walking the talk of using blogs, meaning that if educators are not doing it then how will the students. She mentions a blogger in US who posts content about his course which forces students to visit the blog as blog writers start by being blog readers.

On the long tail Rebecca disagrees with Mark and Katie but she doesn’t think the long tail needs us, but I am not sure I know who she means by the word “us”. Rebecca feels that most people blog because they have something to say, which starts the whole long tail community. Data mining is a major issue because how do we all connect aka “break into the ring” with out it? This goes into a huge discussion on comments and opinions that was had last night at dinner, I will post about that soon and Mike has the audio.