Jeff Utecht on his U Tech Tips expresses the ultimate goal for integrating technology into the classroom that I would recommend to teachers.
I’m not sure how many times I say it in my k12online conference presentation, but if you want blogging to work in your classroom…I mean really change the way business is done. It can not be “one more thing you do” it has to be what you do. It has to replace the way you write, communicate, and give and accept assignments. It needs to be a place that both the teacher and the student can look to and understand that this is a learning vehicle. Both the student and the teacher must take part in the learning that a blog can offer.Now, if this is the ultimate goal, what is the starting expectation for teachers learning about blogging for the first time?
There is power to be had in these tools. But only when we commit ourselves to learning them, think about them on a deeper level for learning, and take ownership in the learning ourselves, will they have a real affect on our educational system.
I visited an introductory Web 2.0 professional development session at our high school yesterday. The presenter mentioned that in his experience teachers get fired up to use a blog with their classes but after a few times the interest and commitment fizzle out. He recommended that teachers "have a plan" for why and how they would use a blog and that they commit to using the blog five times a semester to begin, which would me ten time a year or once a month.
I'm don't believe ten times a year is the best way to help set an expectation for use of blogs in class when teachers are beginning to use blogging in class.
What advice would you give to teachers starting out using blogs in classes if the ultimate goal is as Jeff expresses it above?