Next month, two of my former blogging students and I will have the privelege traveling down to our fair capital city to blogvangelize to the governor and other assorted state and federal legislators. It’s all in the name of trying to stave off some serious cuts to the ed tech budget in the state of New Jersey. We’ll be one of only eight teacher/student groups from around the state showing off what we’re doing technology wise. Pretty cool.
But here’s the side story…we almost didn’t make the cut becuase I didn’t have any hard “data” about the effects of blogging on grades. Oy. I know that most people just assume that improved grades mean improved learning, but obviously that depends on what the assessment is measuring. I convinced them to take a chance on us because of all the anecdotal evidence I can provide.
More to come about this I’m sure…
Anne Davis says
Will, this is fantastic! Accolades to you for convincing them to take a chance on you because of all the anecdotal evidence you can provide. Evaluation (of blogging) is still the key for us but we have to take it outside the established piecemeal testing concept. There is so much more to it.