The National Unit on blogging is now finalised. Weblogs [DOC] is an Intermediate 2 unit which covers the basics of finding, creating and tracking blogs. It shows how to locate blogs, what blogs can be used for, how to create and use a blog, and how to track blogs using aggregation tools (such as RSS). It's not entirely hands-on since students are exposed to the history of blogs, shown how to evaluate a blog, and introduced to the theory of aggregation. The unit also places blogs in the wider context of social software.
It's an interesting and straight-forward unit that should appeal to students. The resource requirements are low; students simply require access to the Internet and can use a free blogging service such as Blogger. The unit can be used as part of a National Certificate programme within colleges or free-standing within schools.
Although the unit is finalised, is it not available to centres until 2 August.