Blogging in Education Today (Part 4 – Administrator’s Blogs)

by Kelly Walsh on August 22, 2010

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This next phase in our series examining how blogs are being used in education today looks at how school administrators are using them.

For the last few weeks we’ve been looking at current examples of blogging in an educational setting. We’ve looked at teachers blogging individually and in the classroom context, then we looked at student blogs. This week we’ll look at some examples of how school administrators are utilizing blogs to communicate with their consistituents.

School Presidents and Principals and other administrators have been blogging for years, and the practice continues to grow. Following are four examples of these types of blogs.

Sweet Briar College’s President’s BlogSweet Briar College is located in the state of Virgina in the United States. On her blog, President Jo Ellen Parker shares college happenings and thoughts on such varied topics as: insights into the incoming class of 2014, mixed emotions about college rankings like Forbe’s and Princeton Review, and fond wishes for a retiring college employee.

 

South College’s President’s Blog – This small college is located in the US state of Tennessee. College President Stephen A. South’s recent posts include “Helping HUG promotes teamwork“, about their Admissions Department’s work with the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Urban Garden (HUG) Foundation; and this post about the keynote address delivered at their 2010 commencement.

  

Burlington H.S. Principal’s Blog - Principal Patrick Larkin of Burlington High School in Massachusetts (in the U.S.) maintains an active web presence, and this blog is a part of that. In this post, he offers a half dozen online Web 2.0 resources he learned about in a recent meeting with other Massachusetts educators. In another post, he informs readers that student schedules have been mailed out and provides a link to the school’s Summer 2010 Newsletter.

  

Harvard Business Schools’s Admissions and Financial Aid Blog - Presidents and Principals are not the only school administrators who are blogging these days. This blog is from HBS’s Admissions Director, and she discusses things like Visiting HBS, a profile on the Class of 2012, and launching the 2013 Application Season (the individual posts don’t have their own URL, so I couldn’t link to them here).

These example blogs provide a great introduction and overview of some of the ways in which administrators in today’s educational institutions are using blogs to communicate and share information.

(By the way, obviously all of these blogs are from admins in schools in the US – I am sure that administrators in other countries are also blogging, but the search results I came up with only contained US schools – of course, this may be influenced by the fact that I am searching from here in the US. I don’t mean to provide an unbalanced view, but US schools totally dominated the search results, even when I added in names of various other countries in my search).

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The next part in our series will focus on another member of the educational community that frequently decides to get into blogging - the education/instructional technologist.

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Blogging In Education Today (a multipart series)
Blogging in Education Today (part 2 in a series)
Blogging in Education Today, part 3 (Student Blogging)

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Richard September 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Blogging makes students more diligent and creative and able to relate openly with stakeholders. Learning activities become more enjoyable because they had the latest information.

Nick- The 6 Week Workout Program August 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I didn’t know that blogs were used in such a way in education. That is very effective!

Patrick Larkin August 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Thanks for mentioning the BHS Principal’s Blog. This blog has allowed me not only to communicate better with our parents, teachers, and students but it has also allowed me to connect with educators from all over the world.

As a result of one of these connections, I am involved with http://www.connectedprincipals.com and connected principals chat (#cpchat) on twitter.

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