Why have I been wanting others to try blogging? I know that I was introduced to a new world that I found exciting and informative, but after telling others about it, there is some but not much interest in it from other teachers at my school. There are lots of reasons given, mostly lack of time (i.e. they admit it might be good to do but are too stressed to take up some thing new). Others say “…but why would anyone care what I wrote and why would I waste my time reading about minutiae of other peoples’ lives?’ This seems similar to experiences Darren has had as well. I recently became aware that if one first came across random bloggers in the early days of blogging (not educational bloggers who share their discoveries and reflections about learning) then one might have a really negative idea about blogging. And if this same person came across students blogs (and we’ve all read them) that start off “I’m in English and I’m so boooored, can’t wait till lunch”, it’s not surprising that their initial negative impression is confirmed.
But on Wednesday I have a really interesting opportunity to speak to teachers of the MYP program at school about the potential of web 2.0 technologies to give further opportunities for learning, especially global collaboration and intercultural awareness, which is a big part of the IBO. Similarly the IBO curriculum is based on the latest in educational research and web 2.0 seems so suited to providing the necessary learning environment for 21st century students. Some of the teachers on this team are those who have been less than impressed by blogging.
Then I was listening to the Ed Tech Posse podcast and Dean Shareski said something that really made me think. The way I understood what he said (roughly) was that instead of people who see the value of blogging hitting others over the head with it, to put things around the other way and ask teachers who want our help to set up blogs why they thought it was a good idea. That would certainly save me a whole lot of time (I have been offering to go into teachers classrooms when I have a planning period to help set up class blogs and so often the resulting blogs are just left to die). Another teacher of my acquaintance says that if a teacher isn’t blogging of their own accord it really doesn’t help the students if he or she tries to introduce it in the classroom. This means that students who may enjoy blogging are not introduced to it by a teacher who is either against blogging or not familiar with it. But these teachers have their own unique gifts for their students and will take their students with them in other ways.
This is basically the mindset that I will go into the workshop with. I plan to say only a little (having possibly said too much in the past). Some teachers who have started blogging will share their journeys, Yvonne, a science teacher, Bernie, an English teacher, Katrina, leader of the Environment Group, Jennifer, teacher librarian and
tag: Edtech Posse, Dean Shareski, blogging, classroom, students, Darren Kuropatwa