OK, my first blog ever, and the only reason for its mere existence is that I have to teach my year 12 IT students how to create and use a blog in two days time. “Great!” I say – because I am not busy enough… I also have to think of some possible and plausible reasons for my year 12 students to be creating a blog in order that they are ‘choosing’ the correct and most appropriate ‘industry standard IT technology’ in order to communicate! Quite a mouthful… try teaching it!
So, this blogging business – not just for tecchies either is it? Being the least tecchie IT teacher I know (or probably on this planet) I have had to do some research into what sort of thing a person would resonably put into a blog. These are some of my (brief) research results:
What to blog about?
Things that make people ‘tick’
Hobbies (eg. baking, fishing, line dancing)
Life and life stories or major life events (eg. having a baby or coping with an illness)
Something educational (eg. if you are an expert on teaching the new Cambridge Technicals in IT)
Holidays (kind of like a holiday diary)
Quite frankly, I’m sure the list is endless, but hopefully this could inspire my year 12s…
So, why put it in a blog?
http://www.briangardner.com/why-people-blog/ - this guy has summed it up pretty nicely… Thanks Brian Gardner.
Right – so by the time my year 12 students are reading this, and finding it possibly informative; (I’m sure they’ll let me know if it isn’t) they should already have been shown how to create one, using word press. Which, by the way, is very good (and easy) – thanks for the recommendation, Lisa!
If I add to this – it probably means I have got far to much time on my hands. It would be quite amusing to post some more info about teaching this course though – as there does seem to be a shortage of practical guidance on the delivery of unit 1!
That’s all for now. Bye!