Blogging Makes You Smarter.

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Every so often, I try to write(?) a blog that encourages (or shames) educators to embrace (or a least try) technology.

While I don’t know if I’ve made any headway, I’m not willing to give up.

Most school administrators don’t know jack about technology (we could have a longer conversation about what else administrators don’t know, but this is a family blog and we need to watch our language).

I point this out because I would include myself in this group.  Most of us learn the basics, but we are hesitant to delve any deeper into the ever-changing world that involves computers (and other iStuff).

Show us how our email works, explain the basics of Excel, hook up a projector so we can present a bad PowerPoint with far too many words, and maybe even sign us up for a Facebook or Twitter account (this last one is just an example because I realize most administrators are frightened of being Tweeted).

Oh, I almost forgot cell phones.This is a School Administrator Before They Started a Blog.

We need our phones.

Sort of.

We only know how to use 12% of their capability, but we know we need them.

Since administrators find cell phones confusing (and frightening), we try to keep them out of our schools.

I not sure why we are against students bringing mini-computers (that their parents paid for) to school, but we are… and it’s not up for discussion.

This lack of understanding and interest in technology is disturbing.

We are educators after all.

We went to college so we could teach the future, not the past (I hate the “teach the future” phrase, but it seems to fit here).

Yet we continue to ignore technology.

This may be a generational issue.  It could be a question of ambition.  It’s probably something that I don’t understand (again… administrators… we aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer).

Whatever it is, I shouldn’t complain too much.

For the last 3 years, I’ve benefited from being one of the few administrators who blog.

There are certainly others, but most have been unable to combine my complete lack of understanding of the English language, with just a hint of sarcasm (like the last 5 words), and an almost perverse ability to blog on a consistent basis.

What can I say, it works for me.

When I say I’ve benefited, I don’t mean financially.

Blogging doesn’t pay the bills.  Or a single bill now that I think about it.

But it has given me opportunities.

More opportunities than I could have imagined.

The greatest thing about blogging… it makes you smarter.

Way smarter.

Granted, I started out in the deep end of the dumb pool but blogging has broadened my understanding of education.

And what superintendent or principal doesn’t need an upgrade in intelligence (I will give the teachers reading this a moment to compose themselves as they wipe away the tears of laughter)?

Blogging is free professional development at your kitchen table (or wherever you choose to type… I’m not here to judge).

No college class required.  No long drive to a workshop that might not be terrible.  You don’t even have to try and find a mentor (which is the French word for “someone who doesn’t want to see you fired”).

It’s simple.  You blog.  People read it.  Then they tell you what a moron you are.

This is how you learn and broaden your perspective (it’s a form of tough love).

It’s great.

And so informative.

I think every administrator should blog and become part of a larger discussion on education.

I also think people fear they may say (or type) something they will regret later.


But the reward of what you can learn far outweighs the risk (really, what is the downside from learning more stuff from more people?).

And the students are worth it.

PowerPoint will only take you so far (even if you use 105 slides with really small font).

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5 Responses to “Blogging Makes You Smarter.”

  1. Karen Marcus
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 7:21 am

    O my, so much of what you say is true. My superintendent is a model for supporting and encouraging admins (read principals) to use and model technology for students and teachers. I have a teacher in my building whose way I just get out of. She is thrilled I have ventured into Twitter. Keep writing these posts, I will keep reading, maybe venture in myself.

  2. sharon
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 9:07 am

    You are hitting the nail on the head. Administrators need to be involved in all these little tech advances. They need to help teachers and students work to improve learning. We have lost our drive to know and improve.

  3. Sherry
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 9:34 am

    Oh, if I could live in such a perfect world. I have a principal that does know about technology, but doesn’t keep up with the ways in which it can be used. I have a super that doesn’t even check his own email. Sigh!

    Thanks for giving me hope that others do!

  4. Kelly
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 11:14 am

    Perhaps the students should be the instructors for a day and teach the teachers/administrators how to effectively use their cell phone, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Plurk… The adults might even learn about new tools they had never heard of (GoogleVoice, Wiki, etc) that can improve learning and relationships with students and families. However, this would mean subjecting themselves to not knowing everything. “The horror!!!!”

  5. Brittany
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 6:38 pm

    First, thank you to your insightful post. I really like your website and find it exceptionally informative. I like your talent of stating (blogging) little things that others never take any time to mention.

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