Blogging for Teachers

This is kind of cool. My friend Pat Phillips is interviewing Robert Scoble. I'm sort of a fly on the wall listening quietly. The result is going to be a podcast at the MainFunction community web site for high school (secondary school) computer teachers. (I'll post a link once it’s up.) Right now Robert is talking about ways that schools could be using blogs and RSS feeds to enhance communication. I think he's right on the money there. The education process could benefit from some of the openness and transparency that blogging allows.

Personally I think that computer science teachers, in particular, could benefit from blogging on several levels. On one hand it is obviously a great way to communicate with students and parents. But on a whole different level I think blogs are a great way for computer science teachers to build a community and connect with others. There is a reality of isolation for high school computer science teachers that really gets in the way of them doing as good a job as would be possible if they were part of a community. One of the things I want to do is add a blog roll section of high school (or perhaps K-12) computer science teachers. If you want to be on the list please leave a comment. Let’s see what sort of community we can build.

- Alfred Thompson

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