Sunday, 18 April 2010

Blogging - A Global Account

I must admit, with the advent of Twitter my efforts at blogging have dwindled somewhat. That's a shame and hopefully I can try to post more often in the future, although workload often dictates that posts are sometimes all too brief.

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;

Boston, Massachusetts
Prague, Czech Republic
Elmira, New York
Sahuarita, Arizona
Boxborough, Massachusetts
Reading, UK
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Sheffield, UK
Waltham, Massachusetts
Askeby, Storstrom, Denmark
Houston, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Madison, Alabama
Meriden, Connecticut
Muncie, Indiana
Falmouth, Maine
Saint Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK
Middlefield, Massachusetts
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Dublin, Ohio
Rantau Panjang, Perak, Malaysia
Stockton, California

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

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