I found a really handy tool recently: blogbooker.com
“BlogBooker produces a high-quality PDF Blog Book from all your blog’s entries and comments.”
I then took the pdf and archived it on Scribd, Slideshare, and a fun (but not-so-convenient) reader called Youblisher. Bookblogger numbers links and adds them at the end of posts and does a great job of creating a table of contents that is clickable, (not in Youblisher). All three platforms allow downloads. Scribd let’s you choose a mobile version, but I tried and don’t know if it is a China cell phone issue or not, but I did not get it sent to my iPhone as requested.
I occasionally save back-ups of my blog, but it’s nice to know that I have preserved and digitally archived my blog, with comments, on a few online places. The reality is that I wouldn’t want to lose a record of all the things I’ve learned, and I actually do go back and read old posts and follow old links. So, I want my learning archived.
I shared Blogbooker on Twitter and then got an interesting reply.
Sam Morris suggested using it to use it for student eportfolios:
This brought about the idea for this post, as I’ve thought of this often:
When we create projects with students and then share them digitally, who owns the learning?
When a student leaves a class or a school, what happens to their blogs, wikis & ePortfolios? Can students take these with them? Blogbooker seems like one way to help with this… at least with (public) blogs, but I think we need to ensure that there are opportunities for students to export their work from our Kindergarten all the way up to University programs.
I left my ScienceAlive project ‘out in the open’ and students along with about 65,000 others, (including over 6,000 from a total of 108 countries in just the last 2 months), have been able to go back to the site… a site that has been dormant for 3 years. Now, I’m not sure if students would want to have a record of this project, but it is there for them. My point? Everything we do digitally has the possibility of being kept, shared & redistributed by students long after they projects are completed or ‘handed in’. Yet, much of what is done is hidden from students or deleted after the class is over, or archived on a school’s district server somewhere.
I know privacy is an issue many districts are worried about. I know some projects will be done safely and securely inside private, protected, ‘walled gardens’. Yet, I think it’s time for us to realize that portability of projects, of the learning that happens online, needs to be a consideration when deciding what tool(s) to use.
We don’t own a student’s learning; It’s their learning. Whenever possible we need to be thinking about how we can provide students with an archive of their work… and that has to include the conversations (or comments in the case of blogs) and the hyperlinks that made the learning experience richer and more desirable to keep.
We don’t own the learning and so we shouldn’t keep it away from the learners. Let’s not put an expiry date on our digitally shared learning experiences.