It was a real treat to get to spend an hour in conversation with some of my blogging and writing teachers on Thursday. We were assembled at Connected Learning TV by Jabiz to talk about student blogging. I hope we get to have round two soon – there was plenty more to talk about. Here’s the recording:
And a few further thoughts. If I had to give my stump speech for blogging, the talking points would look something like this:
- Blogging should be a habit, not a unit. Multiple blogging units for students as they move through an institution makes for a really creepy digital graveyard of barely begun texts. Better to build the habit early on and practice as you go. Therefore . . .
- Blogging should be buiit into the infrastructure of the learning institution, not up to the whims of a particular teacher or teachers.
- Blogs can be really interesting containers – you can put pretty much any digital stuff into a blog that you’d ever want to – but they should also be playful playgroundy spaces. Blogs are much better as places of play rather than places of expectation.
- Of course, the thing about toys and choices is that sometimes you’ve got to be able to choose not to play at all. Otherwise, you’re not really playing. Well, you are, but you’re playing a game that isn’t blogging. It’s called school. And that game isn’t always all that fun to play.