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October 28, 2003
Other edu-bloggers

Joanne Jacobs has added a special and separate list to her sidebar of teachers who blog, as she reports here.

I looked at the top one, here, and was somewhat taken aback by the complete absence of capital letters.

I went to the second one in Joanne's list, here, and finally came across (on the left hand side) something I've been not looking for exactly, but waiting to find, which is students blogging. Not older students complaining about their college professors being lefties, but younger people writing short entries with their thoughts, in order to get better at writing and thinking.

This guy, for example:

I liked working on the internet in my weblog. It was a lot of fun. I got to work on the computer. Mrs . Pritchard tought me alot about computers. It was alot of fun working on the computers.

I liked when the teachers wrote to me in my weblog. It helped me work better . It was cool knowing that teachers wrote to me. My weblog helped me work better because I would try to work harder because anybody could read it and I don't want them to think I was dumb.

That was the latest entry, on June 5th. It sounds a bit dutiful and "What am I going to put?" to me. He doesn't really sound like he's having alot of fun. But if he learns to spell better because he doesn't want people thinking he's dumb, that would be cool I suppose. And see also Feb 21: Girls Can Be Good At Computers. You learn something new every day.

At least he knows about capital letters.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 06:08 PM
Category: BloggingGrammar

although a punctuation category would be unlikely, i wouldn't find lack of capitalization grammar related.

obviously the decision was deliberate; it would seem the reasoning is not.

Comment by: arch on October 28, 2003 10:43 PM

Hi Brian,

Interesting thougts, I've written some stuff about the potential of personal publishing in education and linked to it here:


Coming, as I do, from a tertiary perspective I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

Cheers, James

p.s. funky blog :o)

Comment by: James Farmer on October 29, 2003 10:58 AM
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