Friday, February 24, 2012

Blog ownership - Learner or Teacher?


I've been following some debate about the ownership of blogs used in classrooms. There are those that say blogs must be led by the teacher and all posts moderated for content and spelling by the teacher. Then there are those that say blogs must be owned by the learners, that they should have control over content that is posted no matter if it contains spelling mistakes but comments should be moderated by teachers.

Writing a blog is something that every class should be doing no matter what age group, there's no debating it. It's as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. It can become an essential part of the learning process throughout the school year or a noose around a teacher's neck as they deliberate over content and finding time to keep it updated. Blogging is powerful no matter way you look at it and it should not be cast aside as a fad. It's been around for quite some time and will more than likely be around for quite some time to come, so schools should embrace it. How you use your blog once it has been set up is an essential part of the decision process. On one side we have the teacher teaching from the front of the class like we always have, the other the teacher is facilitating the learning from wherever they may be.

Where do you find yourself?