I've been working to encourage teachers to incorporate
technology (recently) blogging in their programs. It is real work.
- "Why should I?"
Explain about blogging and its benefits; purposeful writing, authentic audience, engaging kids with technology, options for creative culminating tasks, multiple intelligences, equity, collaboration.
- "I don't get computers."
Overcome fears with teacher/teacher librarian collaboration and team teaching.
- "I don't see how it will fit in the curriculum."
Blogging allows for flexible content and can be used in every subject area with many options for demonstration of understanding. Personally I have always thought my job as an educator is to teach my students how to think and how to learn.
- "I told the parents I was going to have my class write more."
Blogging is writing and for an authentic audience.
ELEMENTARY: Locate interesting sites, compare and write about the sites and how they might be used.
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Become experts on a selected topic and identify valid and credible sources.
OLDER STUDENTS: Reflect on a research topic, build on ideas and comments, create new ideas.
- "They won't be interested."
Nieses (2011.para.1) writes in Empowering Students to Leave a Legacy, "one great way to create deep motivation for some learners is encouraging them to leave a legacy." I imagine the legacy of the digital footprint of a blog might motivate some.