Blogging is an excellent means of professional development for teachers; it can help them reflect on their practice and pedagogy and also act as a showcase for their work. It can also showcase the work of schools to the parent community and the wider world, including, of course, any prospective students.
Unlike school websites, blogs can be updated quickly with little technical knowledge required and whilst the ideal of developing a conversation is only achieved by the minority of blogs that shouldn't discourage teachers, or classes, from having a go.
This blog doesn't have huge readership - students and parents pop in to see work posted and it doesn't have the in-depth professional reflection of the so-called 'rock star' technology teachers - but even so it does get viewers from locations all over the world.
A reminder to me this week was when I checked the blog feed and saw that during the last five days visitors had arrived from the following places;
Prague, Czech Republic
Elmira, New York
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Askeby, Storstrom, Denmark
Saint Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Rantau Panjang, Perak, Malaysia
as well as Hong Kong, of course.
A large number were visiting the same post which presumably got mailed around, but it does go to show that blogging is a global communication tool - I must try harder!
Image: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center