Before I go into detail with the cool tools from Darren I should really talk about blogging and my lack of it.
Personally I have not had time.... no I have not made time for blogging or twitter as of late. Life at school changed with new roles and responsibilities. I am in charge of our school lunch canteen. I feed 300 kids various things every day. It takes up every lunch hour during the school year. I am not complaining but there went 55 minutes of reflection time. Life at home with 3 teen age boys also tends to get in the way of things. Choice too comes into play when perhaps I want to spend time with my family and wife or training for a marathon instead of writing and reflecting. Anyways perhaps this is a reason to write too. Make time for quick reflection and let some of the goodness and badness out.
Even though I still have maintained student blogs every year since 2007 or maybe 2006 they really did not evolve with the time. Their main purpose was to build a sense of community and keep the room transparent 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In recent years students have started to look at the blog a digital paper.
Bringing Blogging Back
So how do we bring blogging back, get that reflection and thinking and create a digital document. I think it stems from the reason I have not been blogging. Time. Kids need to be able to get something created quickly but at the same time do something well. What if kids use the blog as a digital folder, still do scribeposts but do it in a way that is more efficient. I had been expecting kids to create scribepost in the same way that Darren and I had been doing for almost a decade. Life changes and so do the assignments.
I am going to incorporate more video and audio into the blogs. When kids see the new tools that are out there they should get enthused about blogging and scribing as their older brothers and sisters did years ago. So what am I going to use? Good question. What can I use is a better question. The lab that is attached to my room is so old (How old is it?) that hamsters currently are used to power them by spinning a wheel. 7 year old Dell PC's can type but event that is difficult when the browsers that are on them do not support the java or flash that sites are using. So most of this work will have to be done at home. For something to be done at home there had better be some kickass apps to use so that I get the use of the thumbs not the video games.
That will be another post but until then I will tease you with this. Mozilla Popcorn