Day Seven

10DayChallengev5

Making Learning and Leading Visible
Through Blogging

Explore and apply a variety of digital
learning tools to enhance your
professional learning and
digital leadership skills!

Luke 11:33
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar,
but on the lampstand, so that those who
enter may see the light.”

Learning focus

To take a deeper look at how blogs can help us learn and extend our digital leadership skills as connected school leaders

Introducing the challenge

In the next two challenges, we look at blogging as another powerful social media tool for educational leaders. Blogs, in particular, provide an creative space for collaborative knowledge building and visible learning that can inspire and spark innovative thinking and practices. Unlike other social media tools such as Twitter that have limits on text (140 characters), blogs bloggershelp you to create a more extensive online space to share your thinking and learning using text, links, videos, images and many other features. In her new book called “Social Ledia“, Jennifer Casa-Todd shares some of her reasons for using blogs in her classrooms and starting her own blog. While there were some initial feelings of anxiety, she feels that blogging has enabled her to connect and grow with other educators and has been valuable practice for her as a connected learner and leader. Her blog shares her thoughts on digital leadership and provides a place to reflect on digital tools that support authentic learning experiences to empower 21st century learning and teaching. Other leaders such as George Couros use blogs as an e-portfolio, demonstrating the work they do is connected to a leadership framework. A blog can also be a place for a community of learners (e.g, OntEdLeaders, Ontario Edu Bloggers, Edublogs,  Connect2Innovate ) to share their learning and ideas.

While there there are many reasons to start a blog, we begin by taking a look at the purpose of blogs and how blogging can help us learn and grow as connected leaders.  Even if you are an active blogger, this challenge invites you to share some of the blogs you follow and how they inspire and extend your thinking about 21st century learning and educational leadership.

Connections to PQP Curriculum

  • Develop strategies to promote on-going professional learning
  • Model process of discernment and self-reflection

The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework

  • Setting Directions
  • Building Relationships and People
  • Securing Accountability

ISTE Standards for Administrators

  • Visionary Leadership
  • Excellence in Professional Practice

Doing the challenge

 “I really use my blog to share resources and ideas and I share lots on Twitter.  The very best feeling for me is when someone tells me that they actually used an idea I shared in their class and tell me how it went!”Jennifer Casa Todd

Take a look at least two of the educator blogs suggested below or visit some of the blogs you follow. What do you see as the purpose of the blog and how does it contributed to connected learning and leading?  

Use #PQP10  and your class reflection sheets to share some of the blogs you follow as a connected leader. Share something valuable you learned from one of these blogs or an idea or story that inspires you. How can blogging help you in your work as an educational leader?  If you are already an active blogger, share you blogs with you colleagues and any tips you found helpful in transitioning to becoming a blogger.

Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates 

Bright Ideas

“I read through the links suggested on the site that lead me to  2 different blogs created and watched the suggested video on blogging. I can see why as an Administrator- creating a blog would be a useful tool. It gives parents and staff a sort of ‘one-stop shop’ where they can find information related to events going on at the school or as a place to highlight the great things going on in our classrooms. I know that tweets are good for this too- but on a blog, it gives the author more room to write or provide information and explanations of what is going on on that particular day. Also, using a blog, you can scroll down to the particular date or subject heading you wish to read and it’s right there. Depending on how many people you follow on twitter- you may miss a tweet if you don’t check your twitter often enough. Blogs are also a great way to generate discussions and create a running record of information. Blogs are also archived so it is easier to narrow down your search of what you wish to read about. I enjoyed reading “ Why I blog? A Principal’s 13 Reasons.” I also appreciated the bible verse from Luke 11:33 “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.” This is so fitting for blogging in that we can learn and find out so much on a variety of topics. Blogs not only help us to showcase our schools and inform others, but we make connections, we learn and we are continually evolving and reflecting as educators.”  – L. Mariani, 2016

 

Beyond the challenge…

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