Independent: Blog early, blog often: the secret to making boys write properly
Interestingly the quote from Zayd I and Haartih, year five is just a cut and paste from Area Guide to Madrid Spain
thought the language was a bit mature for a Year 5 pupil ........... I'd have thought their teacher would have thought so too!!!
"I got really frustrated at the bad press teachers were getting [for school closures]," said David Mitchell, the school's deputy head. "I threw out an idea about hosting online lessons."
I'm more impressed that despite a heavy filming schedule for Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look, and 10 0'clock Live, David Mitchell still finds time to be a deputy head.
I'm hard pushed to find any spelling, grammar or punctuation mistakes in any of those blog posts. Even more suspicious!
Originally Posted by SteveT
David and his schools are absolutely fantastic when it comes to blogging ... all authentic from the kids with no 'help' from the staff.
Heathfield have inspired many other similar blogs now so there will more like this being talked about shortly.
If you want to know more about David and the school then you can follow him as @deputymitchell on twitter.
I've been gently pushing blogging for about a year at my school now with little interest from staff. Hopefully as more of these types of articles are published it might finally convince teachers I'm not just talking out of my backside!
Chatting with a colleague on twitter earlier today (Peter Ford, who presenting on Blogging at the Rochdale conference ... for those who might remember), and he pointed out that blogging is not magic ... it is just another tools, but one that has quite a lot of evidence now about how effective it can be. The usual barriers to it are teaching staff / SLT being scared or confused, the expectation it will be a magic bullet, is not used within any context, access to blogs used to be from blogger, etc and so was frequently blocked, or has been made too geeky over the years.
Now, running your own multi-site wordpress install is pretty easy, there are plenty of examples of how to use it in the classroom and how to keep your audience engaged (no point just talking to the wind!) and you don't have to be a geek to get involved.
Turns out that the pupils will be on BBC1 tomorrow morning at 7.20 and 8.20.