Learning has an impact on our personal and professional development. Keeping a journal or writing blog posts provides opportunities to reflect and engage in ongoing development. How can blogs increase our personal development?
A blog allows you to share your vision and develop your passions as you share your ideas with the world. Writing blog posts helps you reflect on your teaching, learning and/or on your daily activities. Blogs provide you with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills as you evaluate your work and progress. Blogging will transform you into a curator of information. The process will heighten your listening and observation skills and help you gain a better understanding of yourself and others.
To Sustain Learning
Teaching for me is sharing information in meaningful ways. I turned to writing as a way to sustain learning years ago in the form of a diary. I now blog online because I’m finding it more and more difficult to use a pen and paper.
Leading from the Inside Out
I just started teaching a course called Leading from the Inside Out at Atlantic University. The course is part of an MA program for Interpersonal Psychology. Blogging is a great way to connect for learning in a personal and professional way. Keeping track of what I do and reflecting on the process helps me grow personally and professionally so I created a new blog just for the course. You are invited to follow my blog and add your comments.
Blogging is very rewarding because it offers opportunities to organize ideas and learn with and from others around the globe. I find it very exciting to learn with and from others so I invited Dr. Ludmila Smirnova, Dr. Christel Broady, and Dr. Nancy Zingrone to share their experiences with blogs in 3 live online classes on WizIQ.
Dr. Ludmila Smirnova
Dr. Ludmila Smirnova is Associate Professor of Education at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., where she has taught for the past 9 years. At the Mount, she offers courses in Curricular Planning, Methods of Teaching and Teaching with Technology and serves as counselor to Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. She has become increasingly recognized for her leadership in the application of emerging Internet technologies to education. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies (e.g., SmartBoard) and of Web 2.0 tools to the college and primary/secondary classroom.
Prior to coming to the Mount, Dr. Smirnova was visiting professor at Ramapo College of N.J. for two years. In her native Russia, she was professor of education at Volgograd State Pedagogical University, where she also served as Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. During her 25-year Russian career, Dr. Smirnvoa was known for her work in innovative approaches to teaching. She pioneered the reintroduction of Montessori education in southern Russia; a Montessori trainer in both the American and European approaches, she has run seminars and training programs for Montessori teachers in Russia and the U.S. Also in Russia, she played a key role in creating a model Ecological Gymnasium and other experimental “charter schools.” With her Ph.D. and Masters students, she additionally undertook a major program of comparative study on successful educational innovation; an interest that has continued after her move to the U.S.
Beyond the seventy books and other publications based upon her work in Russia, Dr. Smirnova has written for and presented to a growing list of professional audiences in the U.S. and abroad. She recently traveled to Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Great Britain conducting workshops and presenting at the conferences on the topics of innovative teaching with technology. She is a partner, co-designer and facilitator at Integrating Technology For Active Life-Learning (IT4ALL), non-profit organization that provides professional development opportunities for educators around the world. She designed and moderated “Moodle for Teachers” workshops at different levels: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.
Blogging to Learn and Grow Personally and Professionally
Dr. Ludmila Smirnova discussed blogging to learn as a way to grow personally and professionally. You may view the recording.
During the live session, topics such as (a) what is blogging, (b) why we should blog, (c) what tools help self-express and create, (d) how to communicate and share ideas, (e) who to blog to, (f) how often and how much should be spent blogging and (g) ongoing ideas about blogging were discussed. Dr. Ludmila Smirnova shared her experience with blogging, how she promotes blogging among her teacher candidates and samples of good reflective blogs and ways to assess blogs.
Dr. Christel Broady
Dr. Christel Broady is an associate professor of graduate education and program director of the ESL teacher endorsement at Georgetown College where she has been teaching online since 1991. She developed and taught many ESL education courses, including ESL assessment and course in Technology and Digital Learning. Dr. Broady’s professional leadership includes regional, state, national, and global positions, among them TESOL International chair of the EEIS, President of the Kentucky TESOL, NCATE/TESOL program reviewer nationally and for Kentucky.
Her list of publications and presentations is extensive and includes regional, national, and international talks, teacher professional developments, and workshops. Among many other honors, she was chosen as an affiliate’s best presenter at TESOL International. Professional honors she received over the past 20 years range from workplace service rewards at several institutions, professional recognition to multiple awards from KYTESOL and TESOL International, such as the TESOL International Leadership, Scott Enright Intersection Service award, and WIDA features educator.
Dr. Broady is involved in multiple global collaborations in the creation and dissemination of knowledge across disciplines. She defines herself as: Teacher, Learner, Knowledge Curator, Edupreneur, Speaker, Trainer, Visionary, Writer, Motivator, Interdisciplinary Global Collaborator
Working Smarter Instead of Harder: Blogs as Tools to Curate Knowledge
Professional Communities exist to share and create knowledge. This works well on the top where professional journals and conferences select what defines the latest and best. However, many professionals do not participate in this knowledge creation process. They are excluded because of financial, geographic, linguistic, or other logistical reasons. Additionally, many professionals are not trained to talk the professional talk in the proper academic language. Still, they create knowledge every day.
Dr. Broady took us on a journey during the live online class (recording available) as we explored how knowledge creation can be shared “from the bottom up” with other professionals just like them in a way accessible to all. BLOGS were discussed as a way to share and curate knowledge and best practices to push the professional in the trenches to a higher level and avoid duplication of processes, thereby making professionals more effective.
Blogging to Establish Your Brand as an Online Teacher
Dr. Nancy Zingrone will be speaking about blogging and establishing a brand on September 13, 2013 in a live WizIQ class. Dr. Nancy Zingrone has a PhD in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and an MSEd in Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. She is passionate about online education, having learned a significant amount of what she knows about teaching online from the incomparable Dr. Nellie Deutsch and the wonderful folks at WizIQ. Her work background includes more than twenty years in personal and individual differences research, publishing, higher education administration, and adult education.
Live Online Class on Blogging and Promoting Courses
Online teachers need to market their courses in order to obtain students. But marketing is not just about what you’re selling. It’s also about who you are and what you can contribute. Learn how to find out what you need to know about blogging, what questions to ask to express your unique story, and through blogging, find your students.