I’m looking forward to a week at the Texas Computer Educators Association in Austin. I was given the opportunity to give a presentation about blogging at the conference and asked a classroom teacher to present with me. There are over 20 workshops or sessions that deal with blogging in some way, which tells me there is still great interest in it.

I’ve been thinking about the things I hope to walk away with from the conference this year and what my experiences have been in the past. It does often seem that there are so many, “Here’s a hammer. Now go build something,” workshops. Yes it is important to learn how to use the new tools, but teachers often fall back on “But we have testing,” “I don’t have time for that,”  or “How will that really impact my students?”

Why should a test-centered principal really care about Web 2.0 or blogging specifically? A blog won’t teach Bobby how to multiply. A blog won’t teach anything.

To borrow from a bumper sticker, Blogs don’t teach kids. Teachers do. Differentiating today’s curriculum and providing a technology foundation is getting more difficult for the teacher every year. Teachers use many different tools to meet the needs of all their children, and blogs very possibly could help.

In our presentation this week, I will refer to the ISTE NETS for students because I think that they really answer many of the ‘why’ questions for using blogs in the classroom with students.  I admit I’m not Plato, I don’t quote the high and mighty, and don’t always think of Standards before lessons, but the NETS-S are great guidelines for planning and incorporating technology into your curriculum.  And, maybe you will also find a home for blogs as well.

If you are at TCEA 08, drop by 16B Thursday at 1pm and say “Hi!”