Ofcom Poll: What do you think of blogs?

Ofcom are currently running a poll to capture your view on blogging. (What is blogging?)

The Poll Question: What do you think of blogs? Are they:

  • The way forward for journalism
  • Hit and miss – some are great, some less so
  • Self-opinionated, amateurish twaddle

To vote, you can find the poll on the lower right hand column of the Ofcom home page.

So far journalism is in the lead with 50% of the vote.

Previous polls include: (Ofcom poll archive)

  • How do you get your breaking news?  “News Websites” – 39% of the vote
  • When was TV’s golden age?  “The 80s” – 29% of the vote
  • Which communication service could you not live without?  “Internet” – 62% of the vote

Clearly digital participantion is becoming very important in our lives.

Using Web 2.0 in an ESOL classroom

The latest edition of Reflect, published by NRDC*, contains a practical article on the use of web 2.0 tools within an ESOL** classroom. 

The author Liz Boyden (http://lizboyden.wordpress.com) outlines the tools she uses which include:

  1. Twitter (http://twitter.com) – micro blog i.e. short messages/posts
  2. Tumblr (http://tumblr.com) – multimedia focused blog i.e. text, photos, sound and video files
  3. pbwiki (http://pbwiki.com) – collaborative space for adding/editing content

This is a good example of how students are using web 2.0 social networking tools to assist with their learning and as a result improve their media literacy skills.  Liz also offers some wise advice on using such tools under Hints and Advice.

Full Article: ICT within and beyond the ESOL classroom

* NRDC: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy – dedicated to conducting research and development projects to improve literacy, numeracy, language and related skills and knowledge.

Website: http://www.nrdc.org.uk
Previous issues: Reflect Online

** ESOL: English for Speakers of Other Languages