The "Why Bother Blogging" Podcast
This conversation featuring the full posse - Alec Couros, Rick Schwier, Dean Shareski and Rob Wall - was recorded on December 14, 2005. Just the day before we recorded, I was in a meeting for developing an Information Literacy scope and sequence for the school where I teach. The teacher librarian and I were talking about blogging, wikis, RSS, podcasting and other tools of the read-write web, along with production technologies like digital video editing. One of the teachers in the meeting asked what was the point of having students do these things in school - I was so stunned to be asked this that I didn't have a good response, so I posed the question to the posse. A very robust conversation was the result - EdTech Posse Podcast #013.
Here is a summary of some of the ideas presented on this podcast that relate to the discussion on this blog:
- Students are saying that they've done the essays. They are looking for something different and so are the teachers.
- Maybe we should turn the question around and ask "What's the educational value of doing an essay?" Do we do essays just because they are part of the teaching culture? We assume that the things we are already doing are okay and maybe they aren't.
- Teachers are "literacy biased". We give assignments that cater to a certain kind of student. Students may communicate better if they could make a video, blog, or podcast.
- Teachers teach to the type of students they were themselves.
- Blogging and other tools of the read/write web fit the Adaptive Dimension.