How my light shone to Palestine: The surprise success of publishing to the world.

The Web 2.0- that place where you don’t need to know how to code or have a web design/programming degree to make a contribution to the Internet- is proving to be an even more powerful medium than even I had anticipated.

Recently my blog reached 663 views, with viewers from 7 countries, including Spain and “Palestinian Territories.”

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I read somewhere that if you have something to say, then someone, somewhere, wants to hear it. But I didn’t believe that until I started blogging about teaching.

And so I can’t help but ponder the implications of this experiment on my classroom pedagogy. When my students write, why should their audience be limited to the staff who mark it, the school community who notice it hanging on the wall, the parents who see it at the parent meeting, or the NAPLAN markers who bandscale it after May?

Isn’t that, after all, what writing is for: to spread ideas and provoke discussion, to nurture insight, and to do so with as many people as possible?

The challenge becomes- how can we allow students to publish their writing to the globe in a way which keeps them from danger and gives them a scaffolded, even shielded, apprenticeship in the world of global authorship?

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