Teaching Administrators About Blogging

I’m here with a room full of administrators from my old district, and we’re discussing these three familiar questions:

1. What is a blog? A community, a place to post information, a web log… interactive… there’s an expectation of interaction… allows people to comment… subjective (as opposed to objective)… uncensored (could be concerning if students have blogs)… how is a blog different from MySpace?

2. What is the read/write web? you can read stuff… and then write!… is that like IM? or Blackboard?… wikipedia.. you can edit and collaborate (in a document)… visionary…

3. What do these technologies mean for your students? unlimited access to information (or opinion)… they have to learn to filter all this information… we may need to focus on this element more…

I can tell it’s 2008, but we still have our work cut out for us. Please leave comments for these administrators sharing your thoughts.

3 Responses to “Teaching Administrators About Blogging”

  1. Daniel Burk Says:

    Very Good Questions indeed. It is hard to explain something sometimes when the person or group does not understand or does not want to understand. For just these questions being asked it is a good move.

    As an educator I look it as a tool; just like a text book. Anything I can use for my students to be able to learn and communicate what they think/learn is a good thing. Of course you have to have rules and expectations of the students. Don’t we all have that already? Maybe we just need to reevaluate our current expectations and wants from the Students.

    My third grade class loves to use the computer. I love that they love to use a computer. Instead of them just doing whatever they want, I give them direction by writing a response to a question or to write a story. I always have them write it on paper first. This helps them when they are typing. They do not have to think about what letter comes next. They also do not spend an hour at the computer (I only have three in my classroom) figuring out what they want to say.

    It will take some teaching by the teacher to teach them how to use it, but in the end it is worth it all.

  2. Gail Desler Says:

    Hello Administrators from Mark’s old district,

    I’m a sure many teachers back at your sites will be very pleased to be able to continue the conversation with you about how blogging can make a difference for teachers and how it can make a difference for students.

    I’ve been doing blogging projects with teachers and students for about five years. Each year I find that most students prefer to write to a real audience about issues they genuinely care about. When students connect with an online community, it is not unusual for them to read, post, and comment frequently – even beyond the school day. Need I say more?!

    Welcome to the blogosphere!

  3. Martha Rankin Says:

    Hello Fellow Administrators,

    The best way to answer your above questions is to roll up your sleeves and dig into the creation of your own blog…er, I mean “e-PLC” (wow — e-PLC sounds way more accountable, research-based and standards-aligned than that scary ol’ blog word, now doesn’t it?) for your site teachers… I mean professional learning community. It’s not only a legitimate tool for collaboration, shared leadership, collective creativity, and shared practice, it’s a necessary and essential tool.

    Check out how one fellow administrator is using a blog….ack…er…”e-PLC” for building, sustaining and empowering the professional learning community at NMUSD Adult School.