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Sharing is one of the most powerful tools that we as teachers have. Yet, most of the teachers in my school either don't see the value in it, or they are simply not interested in learning and sharing from each other. I am trying to find ways to get them inspired and motivated to WANT to learn and share with each other. However, this has been more challenging than I anticipated.
After reading What Ed Said: 10 Steps to Get Teachers Into Blogs, I became even more motivated and empowered to get my teachers learning and sharing together!
In order to get my colleagues sharing and learning with each other, I have been working with my Technology Specialist in my building. He and I have recently created a blog for our middle school teachers. It is called the Digital Learning Series. Our hope is that our teachers will start to read the blog posts that we write, and slowly become motivated to contribute, by writing their own blog posts. Our goal by the end of the year, is to have a blog post every day by at least one teacher in our building.
How it Works
Our district recently signed up for Google Apps in Education. This allowed each teacher to have a Schoogle Account which comes with the Google Blogger App. I created the Digital Learning Series blog and then made the Teacher Tech Ambassadors in our school authors to the blog. After a few weeks, I will allow every teacher in our building to become authors to the blog, empowering all of my teachers to learn and share with each other.
The Digital Learning Series Blog, created in Google Blogger, is a solution to learning and sharing with each other. When every teacher has access to the Blogger Account, anyone can contribute to the Blog by creating a blog post about anything he or she finds useful. The great thing about this system, is that we can all contribute to this blog at any time. This creates one place to learn and share with each other and it doesn't have to take up any more email space.
How to Get Your Teachers to Blog
If you are interested in creating a blog post, watch this screencast demonstration that I created on how to use Google Blogger. I hope that the video shows you how easy it is to create a blog post and I hope that it encourages you to share your own knowledge and experience so that we can all benefit as a personal learning community of teachers!
Blogging 101: How to use Google Blogger
Benefits of BloggingHere are some of my favorite benefits of blogging: from the 21 Key Benefits of Blogging
- Improves your writing skills
- Enhances your knowledge
- Gives you a voice
- Motivates you to engage in professional development
- Connects you with other professionals
- Helps you to aggregate research
What Should I Blog About?
- An interesting article that you read
- A great resource that you found
- An inspiring video that you watched
- A fun and exciting activity or lesson that you did in your class with your students
- A great activity or lesson that you saw another teacher do in class.
- An idea that you have that you would like to share
- A reflection of your own lesson, or someone else's lesson.
- Anything else that you would like to share ...
Still not sure what to blog about?