Today my principal came over to the library to chit chat about some ideas I had brainsotrmed in an email the night before (regarding our spelling bee, an annual event that not everyone loves…) She loved all my ideas, and that, my friends, may be a coming post later on. The Spelling Bee is next Friday.
She has asked me to help her begin a blog, and was fretting over time constraints and whether or not she would have time to committ to the tool. I tried to describe it as nothing less than her emails and newsletters she already spends time doing, and introduced her to a reader–showing her both my Bloglines and Google Reader accounts. I tried to explain how a reader makes it manageable.
So maybe tomorrow I will get to sit down with her and help her create her blog. Maybe. I don’t know about your principals, but everyone I’ve ever had always seemed way to busy. But my feeling is since she seems to have this vision, and a desire to get into the web 2.0 mix, I should do everything I can to get her in it now, while the desire is fresh.
What should I do? Should I just create the blog for her to save her time, and then show her how she can tweak it, change the theme, and add widgets and assorted other fun stuff for blogs, or should I get her to start from scratch, with me on the side guiding her. My fear is if I let her do it she will sort of lose interest or not see the potential. Maybe I’ll just create a generic one, and then take it in to show and offer it up for use, and then explain that she can go from there or launch her own, and explain that I will be there to support her as she learns. I don’t think she is ready for her own domain or anything like that, and so will probably use the Edublogs portal since I am comfy with it and KEY, it is not blocked at school. (The easiest one to introduce her to, blogger, IS blocked at school.) I am not sure, but something tells me she is the type who really likes to sort through things to understand them, and that means moving things around herself, organizing it, and making it something she likes. She’ll need to physically untangle the wires and set up her space.
My principal is so ready to be molded. She is not resistant to anything, and seems more tech-savvy than most principals I have worked with, so I am truly excited about this. When the blog comes to be, I will ask my readers and my twitter network to show her some “blog-love.” You all know how encouraging it is when you get comments on your blog. It feeds the desire to keep at it.
If you have any helpful hints or links, please send along.
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