I have come across an issue that seems so obvious yet I hadn't thought of it. I was walking my students around my website and blog today and telling them all of the grandiose ideas of connecting with other schools and publishing reflections that can be commented on by hundreds of people. I was trying to give them the big picture and impress how great this opportunity is. Some were really doubtful and some were impressed. But the more vocal ones wanted me to surf over to rotten.com or check out their my space page. It dawned on me that they are technology natives, but they have (mostly) only ever used that technology for recreational things. How do we make that leap from recreational to academic and professional? It didn't dawn on me that this is an issue that I think needs to be addressed. How do we shift their thinking?
I would like to also find some math classes that are blogging because I believe the more examples of posts they can read, the faster they can jump in. If you know of any good ones, please let me know.