Why do we have to “learn how to blog”?

I’m not exactly sure who she is, except that she lives in New Zealand, is interested in science, and is probably a student. But Cherrie, of Cherrieland, posted an important question as a comment to yesterday’s blog about Class Blogmeister. I responded to her comment, but this is such an important question, that I decided to post it as its own blog entry.

Cherrie said…

I don’t understand when people say that teachers (and students) have to “learn how to blog” – what does this mean, how to write interesting, concise blogs that people will want to read, or how to type it up and click the submit button and changing links and profiles and editing… are there secrets to blogging I don’t know about?! (ARGH!)

Cherrie, I like your question because it points to something that irks me as well. Even though a hair just behind my left ear stands straight up when I hear it, I usually do not object when people say, “I need to learn how to blog,” or “My students need to develop blogging skills.” I don’t object (usually) because they are probably going in the right direction in thinking outside the traditional classroom box, and some important learning will probably happen within the context of blogging instruction. But it’s based on the belief that we need to learn and teach technology skills — that it’s about the technology.

It isn’t.

It’s about information.

Certainly, technology has changed. But what has the greatest impact on us is how the nature of information has changed. I believe that teachers and students should be blogging, not so that they can learn to blog, but so that they can learn to communicate. In a couple of years, it will probably be a different tool. But we’ll still be accomplishing our goals through the quality of our communication.

Thanks for this very important observation.

Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.