Digital Chalkie mascotHappy Australia Day Digital Chalkies,

Just a short note to look back at the success and tell you about some new features. With the small successes we’ve had this year, Digital Chalkie will continue in 2007.

A big thank you to all of the posters and commenters for taking the time to join this collaborative effort to discuss ideas and best practice as we do our best to combine education and technology effectively. I’d like to single out Brad Hicks for his efforts in supporting the webcasts, and Kim Flintoff for his many varied and interesting posts. If your blog isn’t mentioned in the blogroll at the bottom of the front page please let me know.

I may not have the time to contribute as much with my new position at DET. So if you are inclined to take up the batton please feel free to post or comment on topics related to life as a ‘digital chalkie’ by following the simple how-to.

Posting to the blog is a good way to get eChalk ideas and interests out on the web beyond the walls of an email list. The best aspect of this independent group blog is the connectivism it provides. I’ve enjoyed the collaborative opportunities that have come from it and dialogue with colleagues interstate and overseas. If you’ve got some ideas you’d like to share please get involved.

Some success have been:
- there are currently 80 posts and 123 comments, contained within 19 categories.
- 53 educators from Australia and beyond have signed up to take part via posting ideas or making comments
- mentioned in a couple of top 100 edublog lists here and here
- nomination for best group blog in the Edublog awards
- 5 live webcasts run by Brad and Paul with various Australian and International guests

To get 2007 started I’ve added a few subtle features in the hope of enhancing the interactivity between authors, commenters, and readers:
- option to subscribe and notification by email of new posts
- the ability to subscribe to postings by email using a Feedburner service (see the left sidebar)
- a multi-user editable wiki (using the fabulous wikispaces) to start gather a simple list of links for educators using ICTs
- links from comments can be directed to that commenters blog
- links to authors blogs, aussie blogs and international blogs at the bottom of the main page (suggestions most welcome)
- “Snap” visual previews for links inside posts - web2.0 gimmic or useful visual triger - you decide!

Warm regards,
Paul Reid