It's January, 2007. I do not believe those kids will get a blog going this year. This is difficult to write, because it might seem like I'm being critical of my colleagues - like, why aren't they blogging with their kids? Truth is, I understand. Our teacher plates are way too full already. One more new thing with a steep initial learning curve.... not likely to happen, especially if it's optional.
I've checked into getting their blogs automatically switched over to their new teachers. I'm getting nowhere with that. Here's what I have decided to do:
- ask their new teachers if it's ok for me to set up new blogs for them - on my current classroom blog (in an alumni area)
- if that's ok, ask their parents (I have all their emails) if they will give their permission for their blogs to be open, with me as their moderator/teacher
- set up an alumni section on my classroom blog for last year's students.
- write an initial post for each of them with a hyperlink to their last year's blog
This is more work, for sure. I am certain a dozen or so (some even now at different schools) will jump at the chance to blog again.
Am I nuts? Naw, I just see those kids, I still hear their (online) voices, and I want to give it back to them. Wish me luck.