I’m seeing people asking for recommendations for books and movies to help kill the time while confined to home.
Let me jump in here and offer a construction alternative.
There’s increased interest in creating and publishing learning resources online; why not experiment with your own blog? You could use it as a way to keep in touch with students and parents online in the future. You know, doing things like curating a section of online links, activities, due dates, etc. for your class.
That’s not the only reason to start a blog, of course.
- blog about hobbies
- blog about your photography
- blog about innovative things in your classroom
- blog about social issues
- blog about family, community
- blog just about anything you want
- or, blog about all of the above. Nothing says you have to just have a single focus
and remember that, if you’re an Ontario Educators, let me know so that I can add you my collection of Ontario Edubloggers.
For many people, blogging is addictive. Once you start, you’ll continue to blog and before long, you’ve amassed a great curation of things that are important to you.
A wise man (at least in his own mind) once wrote:
Sadly, the answer doesn’t always generate a new resource for my learning. Often, I’ll get answers like:
- What’s a blog?
- I don’t have time to blog
- It’s all been said. I have nothing to contribute
- Blogging is just one big echo chamber
- My principal or superintendent reads blogs and I don’t want to get into trouble for having an opinion
- I don’t want to be wrong and have someone else criticise me
- I don’t want to create a bad blog
And shared this and more in an article for Jisc –
So, if you’re not blogging, what’s stopping you from getting started?