In this Thing we introduce blogging, then explore some popular teaching and learning blogs.
So what is a blog?
A blog (web log) is an online site where you can add content, called ‘posts’. The most recent posts show first. This video introduces blogs:
Teachers use blogs as a teaching tool, but also to reflect and to find new ideas. Have a look at some of the blogs in this post.
Blogs as a teaching tool
- publish student writing and promote reflection and interaction
- encourage students to reflect on their learning and make connections to prior learning and experience
- share with and engage families, whānau, and communities
- to share useful learning resources
New Zealand class blogs:
International class blogs:
Blogs to reflect and support professional learning
- to keep evidence for an ePortfolio or Teacher Registration Criteria
- to share and reflect on teaching and learning practice
- to share professional learning and resources
Here’s some examples:
- Sonya Van Schaijik reflects and tracks the registered teacher criteria in her blog.
- Danielle Myburgh shares her thoughts, reflections and resources in her blog, Miss D the Teacher.
- Claire Amos blogs about teaching, learning, e-learning and leading change in Learning Leading Change.
- Amanda Signal reflects on her practice in her blog. She posted this entry on ‘Learning from Colleagues.
- NZ educator in Singapore, Craig Kemp blogs about technology and learning innovation Mr Kemp’s Blog.
- Stephanie Thompson started her blog, Teaching the Teacher, in 2011 as a way to document her experiences of completing the graduate diploma in teaching. She has kept writing as a way to connect with other teachers in New Zealand and around the world.
Blogs to find new ideas
Blogs can be a great way to keep up-to-date on topics you are interested in.
- Educator Richard Wells blogs about technology in his award winning blog, @eduwells.
- Google New Zealand Blog helps you with new features and tricks for Google Apps for Education (GAFE).
- NZ Education Blog keeps you up-to-date on all things Microsoft.
- Gather some ideas from the EduBlog Award Winners for 2015.
- Derek’s Blog – Musings on technology, teaching and the future of education by Derek Wenmoth from CORE Education.
But what if my ideas aren’t that amazing?
Before you Share:
Before you start posting student images, work, learning stories or work online, it is advisable to seek permission from learners and parents/guardians.
For this Thing:
1. Watch the video below about teachers and social media from the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
2. Consider these questions:
- Do you think Mrs Sim did anything wrong here?
- What are the pros and cons of having a blog in early childhood centres or schools?
- Is a consent form the best way to engage with parents/guardians and whānau?
- Who can access Mrs Sim’s blog?
- Why is Sina unhappy?
3. Check out some of the blogs in this Thing and think about how you might use a blog. In the next Thing we will ask you to create a blog.
Here is a story from Rebecca Ronald – Mercury Bay Area School about how she has used blogs in her classroom.
nzedublogs is a list of blogs created by CORE Education designed for teachers who are interested in seeing how blogs, podcasting, wikis and photo sharing can be used to enhance teaching and learning. Core Education blog has a wealth of posts from the educators at NZ’s CORE Education.
Fiona Grant discusses digital teaching in her blog Virtual North.
Assessment in NZ is explored in posts on the NZCER Assessment blog.
The Teach100 Blog ranks and scores hundreds of education blogs. While it appears to have a US focus, you may find some blogs that are of interest to you.
Video Commitment to Parents/Guardians and Family/Whanau is used with the permission of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand.
This post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.
23 Teaching Things is written by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.