The Power of Blogging for Educators LESCN April 1, 2013
THE POWER OF BLOGGING FOR EDUCATORS LESCN * APRIL 1, 2013Bill Carozza • Principal – Harold Martin School • firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @wcarozza • Blog: billcarozza.com
BIG PICTURE GOAL in One Hour• Start a personal blog by the end of the summer
SPECIFIC goals for today:• Learn the place blogs hold in the education ﬁeld.• Be convinced that blogging is simple enough and important enough to take a crack at it.• Leave in one hour having enough inspiration and knowledge to meet your big picture goal of starting a blog by September 1, 2013.
What Can’t We Do Today?• We don’t have time to actually set the blog up...but plenty of resources to help.• Will Richardson: (paraphrased): We shouldn’t have workshops on how to make a blog.We should make sure the blog is set up ahead of the workshop.
Agenda• Setting the Scene-Web 2.0• Blog Examples• Why Blog?• What Can I Blog Enough?• Getting Started• Main Elements of a Blog• Tools• Q and A
Technology Credo • Technology initiatives have to improve upon the instructional, curricular, or assessment practices we already value.
Again…Will Richardson• The most sweeping change in our relationship with the Internet may not be as much with the ability to publish as it is the ability to share and connect and create with many, many others of like minds and interests.
You think the world has changed? 1989 Radio Shack Cell Phone Commercial
Web 1.0• Static web pages• Using search engines• Surﬁng the web
Web 2.0• Web applications (as opposed to client or desktop based apps.)• User interaction• Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Wikis• Users focus on ideas, creativity, collaboration• Technical know how-not as important • No need to know computer programming, e.g. HTML
• Cool Cat Teachers Blog• Free Technology for Teachers• The Principal of Change• Connected Principals• Principal Reﬂections• HMS Sunday Blast
The State of Educational Blogging (Edublog Survey ) 2012• How are blogs being used? • 39% class blog, 39% personal blog• For student blogging: • 43% for global collaboration and authentic audience• 1/4 using iPads for blogging
Why Blog? • Writing requires reﬂection and greater understanding. • Blogging begins the cycle of collaboration and builds your PLC. • Blogging encourages students to do the same. • A blog helps to build your school’s “brand”. • For students: motivational, authentic, increases student expectations
BLOG TO DEVELOP YOUR PLN (Personal Learning Network) Learn from other administrators Links to blogs, articles Find collaborative solutions Backchanneling at conferences