New blogs

It seems like I have an ever increasing collection of blogs. I guess this is an inevitable part of getting used to the medium and finding a format that matches the use.

Something to try at the beginning of this year will be a blog with shared authorship for a course where we have multiple teachers – as opposed to a blog for multiple classes for each teacher. As I think of it, the pros and cons of this would be:


  • It means that many of the common things that we would post – assignment details and deadlines, for example, would only need to be posted once.
  • All the students in the course would receive the same information in the same way at the same time. I think this matters because for the first time the students have the same teacher all year and some may have preferences. This way we give some clear message that there is consistency and communication between classes.
  • There will have to be consistency and communication between the groups – the discipline of a shared platform will mean that we will be encouraged to continuously share our planning.
  • There is a bigger audience and one which spreads beyond each class. If something is up for discussion, then there will be three times as many students who can give opinions.
  • We have more teachers to add different things and we each have our specialties and interests. We can use this to add extensions and contexts for each of our topics.


  • There is the additional challenge of navigating from one blog to the next for each teacher and the danger that things will not go in the same place.
  • It reduces the vertical interaction or awareness that may be prompted by having a blog that includes a range of grades.
  • It may be that all the work falls to one person.
  • It may be harder to reflect the personality of an individual teacher or class. If a teacher or student does not feel ownership of a blog then they are lees likely to contribute.
  • The blog has been described as having a role as a professional portfolio for a teacher. With a shared blog it is less clear as this.

It seems at this point that pros win. I guess also that if this does not end up working for any reason, then it should be a relatively simple task to transfer any stuff that has been done to each teacher’s personal blog and start again.

So the big decision would be the name!

The format is:


I think I will poll colleagues!



One Comment to “New blogs”

  1. Funny that the sample blog names came out as links even though I tried to unlink them – sorry if you clicked and were disappointed!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: