Having my own website/blog/portfolio for the ONID program has made me far more eager to use personal sites in my own classroom. I’m not 100% sure I could help every student through the process of Reclaimhosting and installing WordPress (even though the provided instructions were well written), but even if were just a Google Site I think it’s a great place to collect student work. Especially if students are creating digitally born media most of the time, an online portfolio just makes sense. For secondary teachers, I think Google Sites even has some privacy settings that could take out a portion of “students publishing publically” headache. There can be all sorts of policy weirdness there, but I think doing the legwork to make it happen would be worth it.
My own domain has kind of taken a back seat to all the work that I’m posting. The “About” section has sat empty since I created the site, and I’m not sure I want to put something there quite yet, so I’m open to interesting suggestions for a stand in. I also think I could be using the “tag” feature more efficiently as up till now I’ve just been categorizing posts by course number. I think I’ve reached the point where I should have vision for what it should look like in the long run. Needless to say I’m excited to spend some time on the “Bling Your Blog” assignment!
Advice to future lords of new domains –
Don’t be afraid to try a new WordPress theme if you’re starting to fall out of love with your portfolio.