For teachers, blogs are attractive because they require little effort to maintain, unlike more elaborate classroom websites, which were once heralded as a boon for teaching. Helped by templates found at sites like tblog.com and movabletype.org, teachers can build a blog or start a new topic in an existing blog by simply typing text into a box and clicking a button.
Such ease of use is the primary reason that Peter Grunwald, an education consultant, predicts that blogs will eventually become a more successful teaching tool than websites.
I remember the huge amount of money that my school district spent on a fibre optics lab when I was a senior in high school, primarily because it would allow for real-time conferencing via video link with people on the other side of the county. County, not country. County, not world. That was revolutionary in 1995 - with the price tag that went with it. Meanwhile:
Some social studies classes at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, for instance, are using a blog to study the Holocaust with high school students in Krakow, Poland.
...And they ripped down my high school, including that expensive fibre optics lab, last summer.
Yes, I was definitely born too early. But it’s nice to see that a school district from my home state is very much hip to blogs:
The Little Miami School District near Cincinnati plans to require teachers to maintain blogs for their classes once they are trained on the technology, which should be completed some time in the 2005-6 school year.
I often think of how school - especially report-writing - would have been different if we had had Google when I was a kid. Sod Google: What would it have been like if we had had blogs?