Logo: This is a great, engaging logo. It is instantly clear what the author is trying to convey. Review: This is information for elementary educators. I feel that when you are trying to make a case for using technology as a substitute for traditional materials (blogging vs. pencil and paper) you have to work very hard to persuade people. Her home page has a clear goal, but then segues into Digital Citizenship, which isn’t an appropriate argument for technology substitution. Blogging is not a necessary skill for a digital citizen. It was an interesting presentation, but I wasn’t persuaded, therefore I cannot rule that it was effective. I didn’t feel that the argument was presented as clearly as it could have been.
Logo: Clear and to the point. Without reading anything yet, I can tell this site has something to do with harnessing the power of the blog in the classroom.
Review: It is a great concept, trying to create a blog project that can cross the barrier between classroom and the real world. I find this project much more compelling than the Dearborn project of a similar theme. The project is clearly for educators and it has practical real world applications. I found the idea clear and to the point. I liked the Gottfried capstone very much. It was very helpful to help me conceptualize what I would like to accomplish with my capstone.
LOGO: It is an interesting logo, but the word choice of “Classroom” & “Community” clashes for me. I couldn’t connect the message of the logo to the message of the capstone. Based on the logo, I thought it would be more about connecting the Classroom to the greater community.
Review: The audience for the capstone is educators at many levels, from the classroom to policy makers. I felt there were too many competing messages, I didn’t feel they were connected well. Creating a classroom community, creating a collaborative environment, creating an “academically safe” environment, and getting college ready. These are all important values, but how do they connect? How do I achieve it in a streamlined way? This was not clear through the capstone.