Blogging and Teachers

Blogging readiness
Blogging readiness

After the “Technology Day” today the thing I would like all teachers to do would be to start, and maintain, a blog. There are several reasons to do this but there are 2 major ones.The first reason is for them to understand what others are discussing, debating, thinking about and that gives anyone a better understanding of a wider world, rather than just the school they work in, and the second reason is to slow down and think/reflect on what they understand, have worked through, done, would like to do/continue. Today’s world is one where you can become very busy, just “doing”, without stopping to think about the how, or indeed why. Time spent reflecting on what we are doing should be important to all educators.

How would I like them to begin? I put up the CommonCraft video, Blogging in Plain English, on a wiki, for the staff at today’s session. These are such good resources for those who have not yet started investigating Web2.0 technologies and many are available on TeacherTube.

I would encourage all of them to spend time reading the blogs of others. There are plenty of blogs out there, more coming on line every minute, or so it seems. To get a feel for what they want their blog to say and how they may want to communicate their ideas, they need to see what is out there and what works for them. Once you have spent time reading through blogs, you will know which ones appeal/interest you and you get different perspectives on areas that interest you. You can then feel more comfortable creating your own blog. You than can also feel more self assured in using blogs with classes and in student learning.

Creating a blog is easy, creating a “good” blog is more difficult. The input is important and the design and what you add also increases the readability and usefulness of the blog. However again, no-one has to feel alone. There are many places to go for advice and help, be it adding images, video, audio, widgets, links, etc. In 2006, CoolCat Teacher Blog had “10 habits of blogger’s that win” and another interesting blog post is Dean Shareski’s Student and teacher blogging  that succeeds . There are many more entries on blogs about blogging.

So how can I get them to have a digital place? How can I encourage them to realise that the collaboration and social networking will not make their lives more difficult? That they can be stimulated and encouraged by what they read and share? That their teaching experiences can be made much the richer from using Web2.0? I don’t know yet but I will keep on trying.

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4 Responses

  1. […] can read the rest of this blog post by going to the original source, here […]

  2. I know we’ve been talking about the benefits of blogging lately, but before I read this post I’d just been ,coincidentally, of the importance of, as you say, SLOWING DOWN, thinking and reflecting. I’ve found blogging, that is, writing, to be a good way to ground my own thoughts and interpretations of what I’ve read. Otherwise, you read and read and it’s too much. Judy O’Connell spoke about fragmented conversation and overload with regard to Twitter and overcommitment to networking.Good point! With regard to teachers blogging, I think it will surprise them how, instead of being extra work, their blog will be a tool for focus and preparation of lessons. They’ll be gathering their thoughts, tools and ideas into one place, and going back to retrieve things as they need them. Not to mention, taking advantage of what others are posting.

  3. Second line should read: ‘I’d just been thinking, coincidentally, …
    Also, my comment about Judy O’Connell is a separate point.
    Sorry about the confusing line of thought; I have a cold.

  4. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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