Ten Reasons To Consider Writing A Teaching And Learning Blog (Reason Zero: You Can List The Main Points Of Your Presentation In An Easily Accessible Format That Also Illustrates Your Topic)April 22, 2011
The real problem is not whether machines think but whether people do. • B.F. Skinner (1969), Contingencies of Reinforcement
I am presenting at an educational technology summit today and although I have a handout with examples, I also wanted to illustrate the use of a blog in some related way. As I was working on something else, it occurred to me that all I needed to do was write a post that listed the main points I’ll be covering. I’ll have something to show and I’ll also be creating an outline for the presentation (and yet another reason to “consider writing a teaching and learning blog”). Ain’t life grand?
Here are my ten reasons to consider writing a teaching and learning blog:
1. You Can Embed Class Assignments In Your Posts
2. You Can Address Concerns Without Singling Out Offenders
3. You Can Model Civility Through Your Digital Fingerprints
4. You Can Create Content Collaboratively
5. You Can Provide Easily Accessible Assessment Help And Hints
6. You Can Reference Research You’d Like Students To Think About
6. You Can Encourage Reflective Journaling And Metacognition
7. You Can Connect With Colleagues Who Face Mutual Challenges
8. You Can Provide Food For Thought About Important Issues In And Out Of The Classroom
9. You Can Learn To Write Brief—Or Relatively Brief—Pieces Quickly
10. You Can Learn About Yourself As A Writer, Teacher, Learner, And Otherwise Creative Person, Even If You Don’t Intend To!
I can think of other reasons, but I’m not planning to talk about them today, so, well, never mind! Here’s some home•work for you:
If you were beginning a blog—or starting a new one if you’re already a blogger—what would you write about first? What would you call your blog? Why? What advice would you give yourself—or any other blogger—related to carefully crafting a public persona?
This is perhaps the most beautiful time in human history; it is really pregnant with all kinds of creative possibilities made possible by science and technology which now constitute the slave of man—if man is not enslaved by it. [Women too.] • Jonas Salk