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Teachers in the Blogosphere

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As the technology becomes more widespread, teachers are increasingly turning to blogs as a natural classroom tool. According to Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, tens of thousands of teachers across the country are now actively blogging. While many teachers maintain blogs to offer personal reflections—or just plain vent—on the teaching life, others are using them as a way to build greater classroom community and keep busy parents informed about what their children are doing in school. “The more [parents] know, the more they understand where you’re coming from and what you’re trying to accomplish in your room, the less they get upset,” reasons a teacher-blogger in Massachusetts. For his part, Richardson would like to see more teachers use blogs to tap new sources for learning. “You can bring authors. You can bring scientists,” he says. “This really opens up a way to make distance irrelevant and to bring people who know more than we do about the topics in our classroom. You’d be surprised by how willing people are to do that.”

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I don't want to appear dumb, but can you explain what you mean by a "blog"?

Hi Pat. By "blog," the article essentially means an online diary or journal--or log. There are now a number of services out there that make creating and maintaining blogs relatively easy. Most blogs also allow readers to comment on the author's post (as you have down here, actually)--thereby fostering discussion and community. For examples of blogs by teachers, see our Blogboard feature, which includes and extensive "blogroll" in the right margin. We also host our own teacher blogs, including "Certifiable?" by Emmet Rosenfeld and "Ready or Not" by Hanne Denney. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more info.


Anthony Rebora
teachermagazine.org

Thanks Pat for asking! And thanks Anthony for answering!! Just goes to show the dumb question is the one not asked!!!

So what do you do about privacy issues regarding students with the blog?

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