Blogging for CPD

The boundary between home and school are blurred and learning does not stop at the end of the school day. Learning happens everywhere, not just at the termly teacher training day. Traditional modes of education and professional development have been destined to evolve into the 21st Century for years, and now with the World Wide Web universally available this ambition can materialise.

The internet allows you to work on what you want, when you want, where you want, how you want and whom you want. The last 10 years have seen thousands of websites developed ultimately aimed at Teaching & Learning. However, now Blogging allows individuals to share with the world their experiences, their good practice and their failures with everyone: CPD at your fingertips free from the constraints of time and space. What is blogging?

‘a type of online diary that someone makes
available to other people on the internet.‘

Blogging provides teachers with the opportunity to consider and share their thoughts and ideas beyond their immediate group. It allows teachers to keep in touch with international pedagogy and allows you to see things from a number of different perspectives.

It offers you reassurance to know that you are not alone in your thinking and what you are doing is supported and greeted with encouragement, backing and genuine desire to see you do well. Other reader’s feedback and leave positive or constructive comments – very rarely negative. People share their experiences and difficulties they have faced and the challenges they have overcome. People are learning from each other and sharing resources within one huge, global CPD network that help shape new ideas and initiative that can make a real difference to young people’s education.

“Blogging provides me with a space for educational thinking
and dialogue, and a fitting vehicle for keeping a log of my
ideas, reflections, musings and deliberations.”

Michael Shepherd, Head teacher

“Blogging, along with the use of Twitter and other social media, has enabled me to develop a personal learning network that supports and challenges my thinking and links me to like-minded professionals the world over. I can quickly find out if heads and teachers in America and New Zealand have tried the things we’re trying. I can hear how colleagues in Australia have developed their curriculum and how staff in Japanese schools are dealing with the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami. The ability to communicate with other educators at the click of a mouse gives blogging an immediacy of feedback and connection that would have been impossible before.”

Michael Shepherd, Head teacher

Case Studies
Here are a few examples of teachers that are blogging:

Daniel Edwards, Buckingham: syded

Jarrod Robinson, Australia: The PE Geek

Phil Barrett, Cornwall: Handheld Learning in Physical Education

Mark Anderson, Somerset: ICTEvangelist

Matt Bebbington, Cheshire: WasIBetterTodayThanYesterday

Ross Wickens, Northampton: MrWickensPE

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