Sunday, February 26, 2006

Commenting and contributing to this blog

To comment on anything in this blog, just click on "comments" at the bottom of a posting and a window will open where you can type and upload your comment.
ELTAF members are also welcome to become contributors to this weblog. Please send an email to Peter Smith (email address on the List) and you will be sent an invitation via Blogger.

Registering with Blogger is free, but you have to enter a username, password AND dispaly name (which appears ar the end of your posting). This is a bit daunting I know, so a few tips:
  • Your display name will be seen by others and if you want to be recognised (which I think is useful) then choose a compound of your own name, or even your own name (it doesn't have to be unique like an email address).
  • Your username does have to be unique within Blogger so you may have tweak it a bit to get it accepted. I think there's nothing to stop you using the same username as another service like Yahoo.
  • As for your password, I think we all face the problem of remembering them so I tend to always use the same one (not for bank accounts of course).

Happy blogging

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Happy birthday to the List

Can you believe that our ELTAF ML is 7 years old! Marina set it up while most of us were still struggling with emails and the Internet. I joined, as did many others in February 1999, and it has become one of the mainstays our association.

In the same spirit this weblog (blog) has been set up to take us forward into the brave new world of online resources. Class blogs and student blogs are two of the ways this tool is already being used, and blogs are starting to be seen as an important component of blended learning. Even if you still prefer to prepare your lessons with scissors and paste, I'm sure you subscribe to the idea that ELTAF is a learning organisation and that we can learn a lot from each other.

It is an experimental blog with no fixed idea about how (or if) it will be used by members. I have a few ideas which I will share with you in the coming months, but it is a collaborative tool and I would like as many members as possible to join in and contribute ideas, views, reflexions, resources, etc. on the whole area that binds us together.

I will explain how to contribute to the blog in a later posting and also on the List. If you want to do a bit of exploring now, click on the Blogger logo and have a look at some of the "Blogs of Note" or search for a topic. You can also click "NEXT BLOG" at the top right of this page, but be warned, this is a random link to any blog in the world on any topic, some of which may not be your cup of tea!
Happy blogging