Thursday, July 8, 2010

Helping Teachers Choose a Good Blog Service -- Part 2: Oppression

Disclaimer: This is for the purposes of generating discussion within a community of teachers. It does not reflect the views of any school districts implied within.

One of the primary complaints I hear from teachers about integrating new technologies and 21st century skills into their classroom is that while administrator say they want to see these things, District or Network policies often prevent their use. When teachers try to make changes to these limitations, they meet little real support. Frustrated, they return to their classroom bubble and break out the composition books, colored pencils, or overhead projectors.

Blogging is a perfect example of this frustration voiced by many teachers. Originally, we in the education community were given Edublogs.org as the official answer to our desire to have students blog.  Signing up students with no email account was difficult, but after discovering a somewhat shady work around using gmail, teachers were able to sign up classes. Edublogs is now a pay platform with a lot of intrusive advertising if you don't pay, and the email work around no longer works. Then, we were told to try 21 classes, which turned out to be very limited, unless your district subscribes for you. Of course, that's not going to happen.