If we are going to have our students write blogs, shouldn’t we call it blogging?
Not online writing. Not digital journals. Not personal publishing.
That’s what Miguel wants to know. And he says we should be upfront with parents (and ourselves) not only about the label but also about what we’re doing.
If blogging is, as many attest, all about conversations, facilitating collaborative analysis, synthesis and evaluation of concepts introduced online, aren’t we doing something DIFFERENT than what typically goes on in schools? And, if it isn’t different than what we’re doing in schools, then why are we doing it?
Before blogging becomes accepted as the conversational tool Miguel describes, we need to clearly explain the instructional purpose for using it in the classroom (podcasting, too).
More importantly, as he also notes, we need to establish why this DIFFERENT tool is better than whatever we’re using now.
Considering that typical school writing assignments are largely artificial and divorced from reality, it shouldn’t be difficult.
Convincing a tradition-bound educational system to change? That may be a little harder.