I’m toying with the idea of having a class blog next year.
I’m still not sure.
The questions I’m asking myself are:
1. How will this improve student learning?
2. Do the students want to do this? What if they don’t? Should that matter?
3. Many technical issues – but those I can deal with, if it improves student learning.
I’m still not sure. I keep asking myself why I/we would do this. I don’t want to do it just because we can. That isn’t good enough.
Some of my other concerns: I strive to create an environment in the classroom where students feel free to make mistakes, ask questions, and share their thinking. How will putting this online change that?
In our class, lots of initial thoughts go up on the board or the document camera. Often they’re wrong. But we talk about it, look at other methods/options, and then fix it. Do we put up the “wrong” work too on the class blog? Will students want to put that out there? Is it fair for me to ask them to do so?
If we only post the “right” final answers, what does that say about the value of the initial missteps that led us to them? How does that help anyone learn from the misconceptions?
I’ve been thinking about these questions a lot. I still don’t have answers.