From the perspective of an administrator in Gifted Education
I prefer a live action discussion. The give and take is much better and it's easier to raise questions.
I love the blog. I have never done it before so I'm still figuring it out. It's a very convenient way to discuss topics. I like being able to sit in my bedroom or in my classroom after school when it's quiet and read the thoughts of others and write about my own. I don't have to worry about hurrying off to a meeting place. I do see the need to meet f2f one or more times, though.
I really have no preference on this one. I enjoy the meetings because it gives me the opportunity to meet other GT teachers in the district. However, I think the online discussion makes it easier for teachers to participate. I guess I'm fine with whatever the majority decide.
I think I prefer the face to face. I think more topics get discussed and brought up when we can just freely talk instead of having to type. I will however blog if the majority decides that is a better use of thier time.
I prefer the blog format. It requires everyone to give their input and thoughts. Participants seem to have more time to reflect on the points raised by others. I also prefer the convenience of working from my home in the evening, and I save on gas, too.
I see benefits to both. I like an actual meeting because it's easier to have a discussion when you don't have to go back and read later. However, the blog does make it easier on your schedule. I'm happy with either choice.
I prefer a live discussion, but can live with the blog. It just seems like there is more interaction and reaction during the live meetings. Either way is fine.
I prefer the blog. Everyone is required to participate. At a f2f, some can stay silent at every meeting. There's also more flexibility on times and I'm learning about blogging. Having a f2f for the last meeting is a good idea.
Well, I like the blogs, but I also like the f2f. I'm the kind of person that I like to talk to people, get to know their insights about things, and I understand them better if I see their face expressions, and body language. I can put a name to a face. Blogs are cool, but too impersonal. You may understand things the wrong way, or get the wrong impression. I understand people when I talk f2f with them. But, majority rules! Whatever you all decide. It's cool with me.
Well, I was thinking that I prefer f2f meetings, mainly because typing is rather difficult and slow for me, but after reading other postings, I think I'm going to vote for the blog. It can take me a little while to open up and share with people I don't know very well, but here I have to tell all of you what I think. I also do better when I have time to think and respond to others. I do look forward to meeting everyone eventually.Just an FYI--the book is a great read while you're waiting in line to early vote!
I does not matter to me. There seem to be benefits to both f2f and blog discussion. Maybe a combination of the 2 would be best.
I prefer a combo of in person and blogs. It's nice to get to know the other teachers.
I wish we could have a place where we could have some communication while we work on this. I don't really know who to turn to when I have a problem. Well Vn has been getting a lot of email from me. In a book study you read and then go discuss it. In blogging we are as if we are in first grade again and learning how to read rather than reading to learn. here we are learning how to commnunicate in a 2.0 world not communicating in the 2.0 world.
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