Your teacher blog

Yes, you read that correctly – YOUR – teacher blog.

There’s still a week left in the break.  Why not use 15 minutes to start your own blog and start sharing your thoughts, do some active research, collect the professional reading that you’re doing, get serious about collaborative inquiry, post homework, post pictures, post some original art…  The list goes on and on.

In fifteen minutes or less, you can be up and blogging on your platform of choice.  Most people choose either Blogger or WordPress.  You don’t have to buy server space or install and maintain software.  These sites do the heavy lifting for you.

You can be as creative or original as you want.  There really isn’t anything holding you back.  There was a time when managing a web presence did require a certain amount of computery skills.  Now, if you can work in a word processor and upload an image or two, you’re in business.  Reflection, thinking, and perhaps the creation of new knowledge or an opinion is all up to you.  I really like Stephen Downes’ way of addressing the articles that he’s reading.  He has a presence that he calls the OLDaily and, instead of commenting at the source, he comments on articles right there.  It makes following his thinking so easy.  The best thing is that he has a permanent record of what he’s read and his thoughts.

Are you looking for an article to give you a push?  How about “Literature Review: How Blogging Can Assist In The Development Of 21st Century Skills For Both Teachers And Students.

if you don’t want to go it alone, Richard Byrne is offering a discount on his blogging course.

So, what’s stopping you?  Afraid of writing a bad blog?  As a wise man once said “There’s no such thing as a bad blog

Isn’t it time to join the Ontario Edubloggers?

OTR Links 12/29/2015

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