Some years ago while I was learning online I came across the wonderful ideas of some educators who suggested I should start blogging. Most of them were ELT Teachers and loved experimenting online.
I followed some ideas by Janet Bianchini, Nellie Deutsch and Shelly Terrell. Shelly is a friend, a virtual friend who is the one I am following in most of my CPD: she has collected some wonderful resources for educators who want to blog.
Blogging Resources, by shellyterrell
Since then I have started some blogs for my personal reflections while doing the Moocs, a blog for my students - it is not run by them and I have learnt to use different platforms. My greatest hope is to have more students who write and post in their class blogs and share ideas . I have used Blogger, Edublogs and other platforms but I am still learning- like all the life-long learners I have met online.
I have taken the great course by Kathleen Morris : Betterblogging
The course started in January and it is going to finish this month. It was a source of information and interesting ideas. Not to mention the great educators who have shared their blogs and their ideas.
We were asked to join the FB Group and we shared ideas, we were asked to do some tasks- I must confess that I need to finish some but I will do them in the next days.
Meanwhile I have learnt a lot and I have been guided to use Edublogs, although I have a free account and I cannot embed what I would like to do.
Here are two blogs which I am using thanks to the free account I have created. Edublogs is userfriendly and this course has helped me a lot.
After doing this course I have a short term goal : I need to improve the quality of my posts and find a way for being more interactive with my students. Also parents should be more interactive and I will have to work on a page in the blog.
What I would like to do in the next years is to help my students work in a class blog. I need more time and the help of the other teachers in my school. The lack of technology is a problem so I am using my blog http://tizianaangiolini.edublogs.org/ for posting some lessons and providing some help online for my learners.
I think that I will continue posting on FB page for Betterblogging too as I have found some interesting educators who have the similar interests I have.
I am writing this post in my old blog to thank Kathleen Morris and the educators who worked with her in this great course and I hope you will re-run a second course where we will continue sharing ideas about new ways of working with students.