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Blogging and the future?

Blogging is:

Reflective, thought provoking, stimulating, real, open, discussion, relevant, engaging, sharing, enriching, risky, collaborative and fun.

I asked my PLN on Twitter to describe blogging in one word and here are some of the words offered:

Addictive, audience, expression, communicating, hard, engagement, empowering, refreshing, thoughtful, inspiring, challenging, necessary, globalising,

In all the time I have been blogging, I have never blogged about blogging! I blog on two fronts at the moment, one from my own reflective point of view and the other with pupils to inspire them and provide ‘real’ learning opportunities a ‘real’ audience. However, I’m certain that the outcome of both ways I blog are the same. What the pupils get out of blogging is identical to what I get out from it.

My thoughts recently have been turning to the future and how I can keep blogging relevant for our pupils at HeathfieldCPS. It’s all still relatively new to them. I know that the tools I use within blogging will develop at change over time which in itself will help keep things fresh. However, if things keep going at HeathfieldCPS as they are doing, pupils will have been blogging for 6 years when they enter Year 6. One option is to give each child their own blog, but one draw back for me is that a reader would need to check over 30 blogs and some will no doubt be overlooked.

I also think I’m being a little naive in thinking that in 5 years blogging will still be in its current form, but the principles will no doubt still be the same and the words at the top of this post will still be what I am trying to achieve for the pupils I teach.

What do you see in the future? Will blogging still be around in 5 years or 10 years? How do you think we will achieve the words at the top of this blog post in years to come?

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  1. John McLear
    October 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    ” still be the sane” hehehe

    Imho the most important part about you teaching blogging is that it you are teaching kids to be future oriented and aware of their presence online and also their role in a larger global community. Blogging shmogging. It doesn’t matter what it’s called and within 5/10 years of course it will change a lot as is the nature of Tech. So.. Will people still want to publish information online in 5/10 years, yup. And they will be the leaders.

  2. Mrs Skinner
    October 18, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    I do think that communicating online will continue to develop.As for the children,, it is great that they are using and engaging rather than just looking up words and topics on google!

  3. Mr Sutton
    October 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    Blogging has not changed in essence for the last five years,it has just broadened it’s horizons by bringing so many of the fabulous web 2.0 tools that are so easy to incorporate into blogs now.I think that the blog will reamin,just the way people access it will change – mobile blogging is already becoming much simpler.

    Of more concern tome is what happens to those awesome bloggers when they move on to secondary school. Is your local secondary aware of what you are doing yet?

  4. Katie Kavanagh
    March 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Dear Mr Mitchell,

    A couple of us teachers at school are wanting to set up class blogs and then link to them from our school website – I’m really keen to get everyone involved but understandably my headteacher wants a policy based on blogging before we can publish anything. I was wondering if you had anything by way of a policy at Heathfield that I could look at and adapt. I know that this probably isn’t the best way to speak to you/get hold of you, but out of school hours I thought it might be the easiest.

    Any suggestions greatly received.

    @kavanagh_k

    Katie Kavanagh
    ICT/Assessment SL
    Holy Apostles’ CE Primary School, Cheltenham, UK

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