Talking with my Dad over the weekend (Hi, Dad!) whilst waiting for my car to be re-MOT’d and we lit upon the topic of digital photography, a serious hobby of his these days. He is quite active on the 365project.org (as are my brother and sister-in-law, btw) site and has entered into the whole social networking side of the project, too.
It wasn’t a short talk, but it did make me think about a few things:
- First, people like being published, in some way – so, as a teacher, I need to make sure that starts happening. Is a year-group blog the answer? Or broader school ICT blog? Or should the children be encouraged to self-publish on their own VLE blogs?
- Second, Dad’s online conversations reminded me that even publishing isn’t necessarily an end to it – there needs to be feedback (preferably peer feedback, as well as the teacher). So whatever mechanism I use needs to have some way of supporting comments.
- Finally, on a more personal level, he reminded me that easy though it is so assume you need to follow anyone who follows you, that it isn’t a *must*… especially if the person you’re potentially following isn’t doing anything you’re interested in!
So… thanks, Dad 🙂