It’s Spring Break for me and it’s time to reflect on my own blog, started 5 years ago while I enjoyed a similar break from school.
The blog was originally created for a targeted pilot group of 13 teachers I was working with to explore ways they could use a laptop and Web 2.0 for teaching and learning. We were just getting started. Most teachers did not have school issued laptops, we were limited to options available in a 1 computer classroom, and Web 2.0 tools were not as abundant as they are today. In fact, the iPad was not yet invented.
Why I Blog?
Blogging about experiences makes me accountable for taking the time to thoughtfully reflect on teaching and pursue ways to kick the learning up a notch. I learn more from blogging than from any other professional activity I participate in. Quite simply, I blog to learn.
Why Educators Should Blog
Advice About Blogging
- Start simple! A new blog will have just one post. Write the post for yourself to explain why you have decided to start a blog.
- Since it takes time and effort to get people to check a blog, do not spend hours and hours filling your blog with information. Just use the blog as a tool for yourself, but write it for an audience.
- As you continue to experiment with blogging, explore the use of simple original images to capture visitors’ attention.
- Model good digital citizenship. We expect students to use copyright-friendly images, credit sources and share their own original work, and it’s important for education bloggers to dig deep into Best Practices and try it yourself.
- Start simple and build your toolkit of resources.
- Learn to embed.
- Demonstrate good digital citizenship by crediting sources.
- Learn to create simple original images. Try WPClipart for a jump start.
- Explore the blogs of other educators for inspiration.
Learn more about WPClipart
- The simple toolkit of resources used here includes WPClipart and Kwout.
- The image you see here is embedded in the post.
- The source of the image is properly credited. I used Kwout to quote the image with an image map. This push-button bookmarklet tool is a good tool for modeling digital citizenship, since it includes links at the bottom of the image.
- I created a simple original image, with WPClipart to attract the attention of visitors and included it at the top of this post.