My Quest To Teach

June 15, 2015

Educators Get Blogging This Summer


Educators Get Blogging This Summer
by William Jackson, M.Edu.
Educational Technology
Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida

The dynamic growth of technology is having a big effect
on education, it is requiring teaches to create and manage
their own blogs that generate content to encourage
communication with parents and the public about the
learning environment. The sharing of content that is created
individually and in some cases jointly by teachers is to open
the doors of increased digital hands on contact.
Blogging allows for the integration of multiple mean of
sharing information.
Whether Blogging, Vblogging, Podcasting and even Blog
Talk Radio the use of these platforms creates diverse
platforms that were not in existence only five (5) years ago.

The diversity of multiple platforms allows for flexibility and
matching technology skills and abilities. Blogs can be created
in a text format; WordPress and Blogger just naming two,
Microblogging through platforms like Twitter, Videoblogging
on Vine, Youtube, Vimeo and comparable platforms that allow
for video engagement and interactivity.

The levels of technology integration allows teachers to post
classroom discussions, research, assessments, and other
content in an interactive environment that can address the
learning modalities of their students and keep parents aware
and involved in the learning in classrooms and schools.

Differentiated Instruction can be addressed by the integration
of technologies; when teachers are working in their classrooms
learning is constant, consistant and creative. Because no two,
three, or four students learn the same way the implementation
of blogging and similar tools will require adapting these platforms
to the students learning abilities. Whether reading on grade level,
struggling with math concepts, addressing comprehension skills
or managing classroom discipline with technology management
tools, integration can be beneficial and far reaching in improving
student attention and participation.

tech

Integration and implementation is not as difficult as it may seem,
it requires proper planning, laying out in a storyboard platform
or similar method to determine the learning objectives that guide
teaching, aligning the objectives with standards then applying
the correct technology platform(s).

Summer time is a great opportunity for teachers to learn about
blogging, how to start blogging, the diversity of blogging, finding
the platform(s) that are conducive to their skill level, fun level
and the access learning levels of their students and parents.
This access to digital content is integrating technology that
supports preparing students to be 21st century learners.

Helping teachers better understand and start blogging
providing some resources to get them started.

1) Blogs can be a foundation of learning and sharing
blogs allow educators of all experience levels to bring their
experiences and teaching skills to a digital platform that
other educators can have unlimited access to.
Blogs level the learning fields to where first year teachers to
over 30 year teachers can contribute and strengthen the
profession of teaching. Blogs bring to light that the best
professional development is when teachers share with each
other. The goal of an educator’s blog should be to share their
ideas, their classroom experiences, and teaching skills.
2) Blogs are real world and real time experiences
Educators blogs are fresh, new and are daily, weekly results
of the classroom. Writing a blog can range from 200 words
and more, this information is directly from the experiences
of teaching that are shared directly from their classrooms.
The blogging of educators is relevant and current to the
classrooms of today and the future.
3) Blogs allow for reflection of educational practices
At the end of the instructional day many teachers reflect on
their instruction, what worked and what did not work. How
were the reactions of students to instruction, what were the
outcomes of assessments, were the discussions of higher
order and was the critical thinking challenging enough.
A blog allows for reevaluating what worked, what did not and
where do modifications to instructional models need to be made.
Questioning is not a bad thing it has profound influences to
improve teaching and when other teachers read they can provide
honest and professional feedback.
4) Blogs allow you to connect and collaborate with educators
from all around the world
Teachers must understand that education is a global profession,
there is a solidarity, a brotherhood and sisterhood as educators
that prepare global leaders in diverse disciplines that influence
the world.
Blogging provides a forum that supports two-way or more
conversation. The platforms of blogging expand our PLN
(professional learning network) that expands opportunities for
collaboration and sharing.
5) Blogging is FREE
The Internet has unlimited professional development of accessing
content “anytime / anywhere” kind of thing imaginable. Accessing
the Internet is available all the time. Smartphones and Tablets are
wireless devices that extend learning and instructional opportunities.
There has been no other time in the history of the world where
learning can take place 24/7 and this power is growing, expanding
across the globe.
6) Improve practices through sharing and collaboration
One of the best ways to improve your instructional tools is to
collaborate online, sharing your ideas with others. Keeping an open
mind and willing to try new ideas. Your content opens doors for
other educators to see your educational practices and allow for
suggestions of improvement and modifications. There is never only
one way to teach our students so the Internet allows for local,
national and even international strategies to be used to make
sure all our students are learning.
7) Helping other educators by sharing experiences
Teachers, when blogging, vblogging, or microblogging you are sharing
content that helps others. Each teacher helps provide a foundation for
others to grow on.
The more you write or video blog the better you become about sharing
content and being a proponent to implementing technology.
8) You want to add to the educational discussions happening all
around the world…

Teachers carry a unique solidarity between each other, when people
meet and they find out they are teachers the stories start, the sharing
of curriculum ideas, classroom discipline ideas, use of differentiated
instruction strategies, professional development opportunities.
The conversation ends tool fast, having a blog enables the chance to
communicate more, to share more and influence education integrating
technology nationally and internationally.
9) Lead by example
Administrators are not the only ones to lead by example, there are
teachers that quietly create content that can change learning in a
classroom. Not by committees, not by legislative action and not by
influence from outside entities. Posting content that inspires, engages,
encourages and is consistent. Teachers need to share their
success stories and the strategies they used.
This summer, teachers your blog is your playground, your tapestry to
play with and create new learning tools. You are the expert in your
classroom, so use tech to share your accomplishments and lead by example.

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