This week I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to have discussions with educators as well as journalists in the northeast of the United States, in New Hampshire and Maine. One of the things we’ve discussed is why so FEW teachers today are using class blogs to facilitate interactive writing? Even in the state of Maine, where ALL students and teachers in 7th and 8th grades have been using laptops in 1:1 settings for ELEVEN years, interactive classroom blogs are RARE. Two of the possible answers we’ve discussed to this question are:
1. Teachers have so many mandates, blogs are seen as ‘just one more thing’ there isn’t TIME to do in the classroom.
2. Some teachers (perhaps many) fear the TRANSPARENCY which an interactive, classroom blog presents to parents, administrators, peers, students, and others.
This past summer, I conducted a few surveys with teachers at different conferences I attended, asking how many assignments they’d shared in the past year on an interactive, classroom blog. The responses from teachers in Houston, Texas, in June, were representative of most school groups I polled over the summer.
The results from the teachers attending the Summer 2012 Discovery Education Summer Institute were VERY different, and reflected a very skewed sample of teachers from across the nation. This reflects how we DO see teachers in some schools using interactive blogs with students, but teachers who are doing this are “outliers” among teacher-peers.
What do you think? What do you see as the primary reasons MOST teachers don’t share interactive blogs? I’ve created a quick survey/poll with Google Forms which you can complete, if desired, about this question. Add your own answer if you don’t like any of the possibilities I’ve provided! After submitting the form I’ve configured it to show the results so far.