I started blogging in November of 2007 and I am amazed at how much I've learned and grown as a result of blogging. My network is expanding all the time; now it's time for me to work on local connections, with the folks in my district. In August I am doing a professional development session in my district on blogging. I've billed it as 'Blogging 101; Blogs as Professional Development Tools'. If the session fills up I'll have 20 people in a computer lab for the day (5 hours). Ideally I'd like to have the participants sign up for Google Reader, read and start commenting on blogs, and finally set up their own blogs in Blogger (for ease of use). If I can I'd like to have some folks Skype in on the session to help illustrate the power of the network. My goal is to introduce teachers to blogging as a way to enhance their professional practice. This is not a session on how to get students blogging.
I'd Like To Pick Your Brain
If this was your session how would you run with it? Do you have an "aha!" moment to share or a golden resource? What is the most valuable thing you've learned in your blogging journey? My plan is to do a follow up post with everyone's suggestions (she says optimistically :) ), hopefully to act as a resource for others who might be considering running a similar session.
Share and Share Alike
Tech Pro-D Tools is a blog I set up to support professional development sessions that I am involved in. I'll be running the 'Blogging 101' session from that blog--posting links, resources, how-tos, and tasks there. I hope that it will be helpful not just to the session participants, but to others too.
Again, if you have any suggestions, ideas, links etc, I'd love to hear from you, no matter if you've been blogging since before it was called that, or if you just started yesterday :-)
Image: Cyan Brain by bebop717