Anywhere, anytime collaboration

Our Enrichment Coordinator has just set up a new blog to communicate with her TLT. The TLT meetings were being hamstrung by conflicting time pressures. The blog is an attempt to facilitate collaboration without needing to rely on all being in the same place at the same time. I am not really impartial on this subject but if you’re looking for a way to communicate with a group, I reckon you can’t go past blogging.

Enrichment

Blogs are a very considerate way to impart information because the reader chooses the time; reading is much faster than listening to someone speak (just compare watching a how-to on YouTube to reading one); and, the reader can skip to relevant information.

Catching up with reading can also be fit in around other things. Keeping a tab on your phone open with an interesting blog post allows you to revisit it when you have some time to kill waiting for a train.

Blogging is also a great way to organise information. You and your audience can come back to the post whenever you need to and blogs are very rich information sources that can contain links, videos and other media.

Most importantly, writing a blog is a developmental exercise in itself. Writing a blog allows you to reflect deeply on your topic (and sometimes learn about it first from the ground up), condense it down to it’s most important elements and then try to communicate it effectively. I am fully aware that the person who benefits most from my blog is me.

There are heaps of websites offering blog hosting services. I use WordPress; the Enrichment blog is on Blogger (Google). If you want any information about how to set one up, let me know – I’d be happy to help!

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About timthelibrarian

Tim Harwood is a Teacher Librarian and eLearning enthusiast.
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