I know that Christine wrote about vlogs (video
blogs/journals) in April but it seems like this new
blogging technique is really taking with the Gen W
crowd (which means students will like it).
I've been slogging through a bunch of vlogs, searching
for material that might be useful in teaching. I've
yet to find much as the postings are either too long,
too chaotic or just boring (or are peppered with
profanity -- not great for the classroom). Still, the
potential is there for a really intimate view of the
way people live around the world. This also seems
full of potential for students who want to reach out
to the world in a second language.
Many use Quicktime
I've just scratched the iceberg but here are some vlog
This site offers tutorials for setting up a Blogger
They also have a yahoo group at:
and visit the map at:
where you can click
on a bunch of blogs for a quick taste of the postings
Also check out this academic site of Aussies and
scroll down the right side for a list of resources
(here they refer to vlogs as "vogs").
offers somewhat of a
directory to vlogs including quite a few listed as
What's great (sort of) is that all of these vloggers
list links to other vlogs. What I've found is that
the quality varies depending on who is linking to who
-- some vlogs are really artistic and well produced,
while others are simply a hand-held camera spinning
around a room. Finding good vlogs requires patience
(and a high-speed internet connection). One of the
more frightening vlogs I viewed was by a young father
who had been called at work to rush home because his 4
year old daughter was missing. He recorded his
anguish in the car while speeding home (the closing
titles added that the little girl had been found safe
by the police). I do wonder about people who record
that kind of fear, rather than focusing on the
Here are just a few that caught my eye but I'm sure
there's much, much more out there.
All the best,
"What's past is prologue."
-- W. Shakespeare, The Tempest
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