#EdublogsClub

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I have decided to join the #EdublogsClub where every week they email a prompt for a post relating to blogging and education. The first prompt is

My Blog Story

Most of my readers know I began blogging in 2008 after some help from Sue Waters. I was so new to blogging I wrote a post about a week later asking why people weren’t commenting.

This is where I found out the value of a PLN or personal learning network. You need to become a connected educator for blogging to succeed. Read other people’s blogs, leave tweets about posts you have written, connect with other teachers who also blog.

After a month or so blogging personally, I thought this would be great for my students, so I started a class blog. Then some students wanted their own blogs to write about things they were passionate about. One student wrote about archery – she is now a Tasmanian champion in the sport but no longer blogs.

Students weren’t connecting and having comments from around the world so Sue Waters sent out a tweet for other classes to leave comments and that began the first Student Blogging Challenge. In 2010, the challenge got its own blog and it is still being used 7 years later.

In 2010 I began teaching IT to all the students in grade 6/7 at my school so I began a blog for the Kids in the Mid. This blog became a teaching area showing students where to find information about blogging, being safe on the internet and so on. All the students had their own blog attached to the sidebar but unfortunately it was only used during IT time or if I taught the students in other subject areas.

2011 was the first year that I  travelled to America for a conference called ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education. I decided to take with me a little Tasmanian Devil soft toy and have him write a blog about our 3 month trip around America.

Since retiring at the end of 2011 I have also started other blogs: one for photography called an Image a Day even though I haven’t yet completed it for a full year, another for Family History and finally this one for the work I do for the Education Department blogging one day a week with teachers and students around Tasmania.

 

8 thoughts on “#EdublogsClub”

  1. Hi Ms W!
    I too have found that having a PLN through social media has been an invaluable tool for professional development – I hope that blogging can become a way to further that experience.

    You have such a wide range of interests – I look forward to following your journey through the edublogs challenge.

    Rachel

  2. Wow, well a wealth of experience blogging. I love how you have incorporated it into your passions too! That’s an area I never considered, maybe I will eventually start one for golfball carving, hmmm… Thoughts?

  3. You’ve inspired me to try blogging with my students again this year. I teach Dig Tech R-6, so think I might start with Year 5/6s. I had a look at your Kids in the Mid blog and I’m really excited about some of the ideas from there.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lee,
      I also run a student blogging challenge which starts in March 2017. If you have student blogs or a class blog started by then, feel free to join us. Lots of the activities I do there relate to digital citizenship.

  4. What an awesome feeling it must be to know you have contributed to the enrichment of so many!
    So glad to connect via the #EduBlogsClub

  5. Hi Sue

    Thanks for sharing your blogging story! Very important advice about the need to be a connected educator for blogging to succeed and how it is important it is to develop this when blogging with students.

    I also appreciate the links to your family history blog. I have my grandfather’s old photos, letters and family tree information and have been pondering the best way to document this to keep for my children.

    @suewaters

  6. Hi Sue,

    Thanks for your story (and for visiting/commenting on my blog space)! You have a great diversity of experience blogging for yourself and with students. Thanks for sharing your resources. Looking forward to reading more as we continue the edublog club.

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