Should Teachers Blog?

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In Shanghai, according to this report, ten percent of the teachers blog as a way to increase and improve communication and interaction with their students. Unfortunately, the students aren't reciprocating -- the teachers are having a very difficult time getting their students to comment or otherwise participate.

What do people think: are blogs a useful tool for teachers? What should teachers expect in terms of student participation? Any best practices to share?



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    Alfred Thompson

    I think that all teachers should blog. I think that there may be some initial reluctance by students to comment on teacher blogs but that a) time will help with that and b) students will at least read the blogs.

    I found that when I was teaching that many students would us instant message and email to communicate with me as their teacher. It was a matter of building trust which takes some time but it well worth it in the long run.

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    I'm a college dropout so take my words with a grain of salt, but...

    I think all (realistically, just more) teachers should blog.  As for not getting their students to interact with them I can understand the hurdle.  My guess is these days "kids" realize (since they've been "online" for a long time) that their comments are forever set in stone online whereas saying something silly in class or arguing with the teacher and being proven wrong can be easily forgotten.

    The other issue is that if the teacher is just blogging informational things then I'm not sure why students would comment.  Even if teachers ONLY blogged informational stuff it would still help.  I see no reason why students today can't subscribe to an RSS feed.

    Bringing up the fact again that I'm a college dropout, I think things like teachers blogging would've helped keep me interested.  Some (read: a lot) students just have a tough time learning by listening to a teacher lecture.  Interactions like blogs could be one more thing to help with teacher/student interactions.

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