Hi Bob - check it out! http://gherlache.blogspot.com/

How can I use Blogs in my classroom?
At the site below it provides some good starting points and that is what I need. Examples are:

Use a blog to post assignments, handouts, and notices. You can also put up study notes and have students take turns summarizing what happened in school that day. Certainly the posting of assignments and study notes (for me probably power point slides) would provide a quick access to what was covered, what needs to be done and perhaps adding where we are heading.
Grading policy, emergency situation notices, syllabus... can be posted to help provide additional course background information.

I reviewed the comments to the posed question: Can online learning be as effective as classroom learning? I also took time to vote my opinion. With the kids growing up with technology as part of thier day to day lives, I think it is important to employ some of those technologies into my classes. Not to the point that I will develop strickly online classes but use a blended approach to traditional and technology based learning. How would I do that, well with just starting out teaching I will need to take little steps. The practice blog for the course could be revamped to focus on the certificate program I am developing. Providing hints, links to technical data, and the typical lab and home work assignment information. Well, I am sure I could do more but, it provides a starting point! The comment by Kevin Handy was pretty interesting from a perspective of teacher employment:

A fresh approach to teaching gives professionals choices

Submitted by Kevin Handy (not verified) on May 10, 2008 - 21:10.

The concept that online learning will mean the end of teaching is both true and false. The fact is that online learning will always require an approach that is different. Online learning requires at least four actors: instructional designers to create good quality learning that adheres to standards of all kinds, developers with specialty skills in technology and good quality multimedia skills and training. You could combine two roles but not more. Then you absolutely need people who are subject matter experts - people who know the subject inside and out at the level appropriate for the learning. And last but not least you absolutely need facilitators. Teachers in the classroom today will be able to choose from many options. Teaching in 2008 will absolutely change before 2015. And thank goodness. Because teaching needs a fresh approach that gives professionals choices.

Where will Blogs fit into my curriculum?

I ran across a neat timeline feature on the web still in beta form. It is called " xtimeline", perhaps you already know of it. I had been thinking of trying to develop a way for students in my Digital Communications class to research applications covered in class and have them find and report back to the group on a specific "real world" application of the current protocol/application we are covering in class. The xtimeline applications seem like a good fit. I invited you to be a member to take a peek at a potential starting point for me. I hope you find it interesting and hopefully applicable. I believe timelines could be developed for each of the course I will be teaching and used as a common ground for students to view each others research and gain from what everyone finds out in the real world applications with minimal efforts on individuals themselves.