I have been thinking and reading a lot about blogging lately. What’s driving my thinking?
Working with 27 new bloggers and discussing why we blog, the blogging process, why links are important and how to fill out your blog roll.
Tim’s post at Assorted stuff is about the new blogging tools to be added to his district’s BlackBoard site. He’s concerned because these tools do not include RSS and are protected thus limiting the conversations and collaboration they could facilitate.
And the draft Massachusetts Technology Standards particularly 3.31 Grades 6-8: Use a variety of telecommunications tools (e.g., e-mail, discussion groups, web pages, blogs, video conferences, Web conferences) synchronously and/or asynchronously to collaborate and communicate with peers, experts and other audiences. (emphasis mine)
Talk about a major shift in thinking. I don’t know where to begin. This shift requires LOTS of professional development to expose teachers and administrators to these tools. How they work, how to use them and how to implement them in the classroom. But more importantly it means letting our students mingle with “other audiences”; we would let them step out of the garden and into the world.
The cynic in me thinks maybe the standards mean that the “other audience” is the class down the hall. The optimist in me is going to hope differently, and plans on doing lots of training on Web 2.0 tools.
Change isn’t always easy but I am looking forward to this one.