A week or so ago, my colleague Rob Darrow announced that the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) was going to lead a 10 Weeks of Activities for Better Blogging.
- Create a Google account – mkbarbour, check!
- Create a blog using WordPress or Blogger – http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/, check!
- Write your first blog post: What will be the purpose of your blog? Please title your blog post “Learning to Blog” – see below, check!
- Register your blog – check!
- Post a comment on the Blogging Online Teachers Blog – http://inacol.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/starting/ – check!
So, week 1 is off to a good start…
Entry: What Will Be The Purpose Of Your Blog? (Tag: Learning to Blog)
The About VSM page describes my blog as:
This blog and podcast focus on issues related to distance education at the K-12 level, specifically the use of virtual and cyber schools.
To be more specific, I post entries items related K-12 distance education (mostly online learning). To that end, this blog has two purposes:
- To pass on all items related to K-12 distance education, specifically K-12 online learning, that cross my electronic desk.
- To provide a space for me to play with ideas or opinions related to K-12 online learning in a non-academic way.
In verbal discussions, I have often described it as a one-stop shop for all things related to K-12 distance education – specifically K-12 online learning. I post anything that comes across my electronic desk, which primarily includes my inbox, RSS reader, Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, and LinkedIn. I post things I disagree with, largely because I believe are ideologically aligned to a position that promotes K-12 online learning as a way to privatize public education (like anything from the Alliance for Excellent Education or Digital Learning Now, as well as most things from iNACOL). But I post it anyway, as I do want this space to be a place to find information about the field, regardless of what I think of it.
I also use this space to comment on current events, which often includes recent reports that have been released from a variety of organizations (and to a lesser extent research that has been published. As I indicate in that About VSM page,
The opinions that I do post are my own and don’t represent my place of employment or any of the organizations I am involved with. In most instances these opinions are based upon my background as a teacher, course designer, and administrator in various virtual schools in Canada, the United States and internationally; along with the research that I have been conducting for over a decade in a variety of jurisdictions (with a good dose of my own political beliefs included).
While I know these 10 weeks of activities are largely designed for those just starting or new to blogging, in the past I’ve participated in:
- 30 Days to a Better Blog (my participation)
- 31 Days to Building a Better Blog (my participation)
- 7 Days to a Better Edublog (my participation)
I’ve found each of these challenges rewarding, and I believe they have made me a better blogger. So off into the void I go as I begin participating in another one of these challenges.