So how do I get techno-nervous teachers at my school to read my blog, write their own blogs and encourage their students to write one too? It seems that in order to ease them into this phenomena of blogs and their promise of expanding ones creativity, writing and collaboration skills, I might need to disguise it as journaling.
Language Arts and Reading specialists will love that! Right? How do I convince them that their students are thirsty for the knowledge they want to share but not the same way that they themselves obtained it? These kids are 21st century students and are adapting to a digital world that they are eager to learn from.
Fortunately for teachers, blogs are surprisingly easy to use. They require minimum technical knowledge and are quickly and easily created and maintained. Unlike many traditional Web sites, they are flexible in design and can be changed relatively easily. Best of all, students and teachers will find them convenient and accessible via any computer or mobile device. Personally, I have found that Google Blogger is so easy to use and works seamlessly with Gmail and other Google apps I use everyday.
As an educational tool, blogs may be integrated in a multi-faceted manner to accommodate all learners. Blogging encourages students to read and write, regardless of the subject matter. Educators are finding that blogs can be an excellent tool to promote literacy and writing skills. Blogging can also increase student involvement because it uses a medium students find engaging and comfortable. In addition, blogs can serve as a classroom management tool, for collaboration among peers, and as part of student portfolios.
If safety is a concern, try KidBlog. Set up your class for free without the need for student email addresses and no pop up ads. Students publish posts and participate in classroom discussions within a secure blogging community. Teachers can maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts. It’s a great way to introduce blogging to younger students so that they can learn about how to be digital citizens as they get older.
I think the best way to expose our teachers to the latest and greatest collaborative environment of blogging is to show them how blogs can benefit them personally with a hands-on professional development opportunity. I want my fellow educators to see up close and personal that creating a blog and populating it with information to share is as easy as Word processing.
In addition, I think that if I involve one enthusiastic teacher and class in a classroom blog pilot program, I will have substantial evidence to show how fabulous it can work for them and how their students will jump on the idea. Showing them successful teacher blogs online will also encourage them like Kathy Schrocks blog with her amazing ideas on tech infusion in schools and Tammy Worcester with her creativity and genius tech ideas and lessons for all grades. You should also check out the article, 50 Must-See Teacher Blogs Chosen By You in Edudemic to get inspiration from other educators!
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