Neither is blogging.
That “no-duh” thought was swimming around in my head this afternoon during our discussion of how to use podcasts for both staff development and student instruction in our overly large school district.
But also lurking in the mind was the history of how we’ve traditionally trained teachers to use the technology-based resources they already have.
Over the years, we focused first on the technology, learning the mechanics of the hardware and software, and then (maybe) on how to use all the stuff to improve teaching and learning.
We taught Word instead of how to improve writing skills using a word processor.
I’m hoping we can avoid that trap as we move these new concepts into the educational mainstream.
However, judging from calls, emails and hallway discussions I’ve had over the past couple of months, it may take a lot of work to get administrators and teachers looking beyond the gee-whiz factor.
To understand that blogging and podcasting (not to mention wikis) are not about technology just because they use computers and the web.
They are all about communications. They are tools that can be used to teach students (and their teachers) how to research, read, plan, write, and present information and ideas.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting, and challenging, school year. Should be fun.