I am linking up with Monica at I Heart Grade Grade 3 for her Weekly Summer Link Up. This week's topic is "Why I Started Blogging."
Even though I consider myself to be a digital immigrant (my family didn't get our first computer until I was in Grade 11), I've always enjoyed having a digital presence. Maybe it's because I can be a bit shy in real life, or maybe it's because I teach at in Independent school and feel disconnected from the public teaching realm. Either way, I've had a classroom blog since 2007 (several actually - since I make a new one each time I change grades) and I started my Primary Teaching Resources Blog in 2010.
I've always enjoyed the collaborative nature of the Internet, where teachers share classroom photos, ideas, and resources. I remember turning to teacher blogs and a message board called ProTeacher for inspiration, long before Pinterest came into existence. Back in those days, it wasn't as easy to upload a file to the Cloud. I remember a friend of a friend allowing me to upload some files to his server, which I would then link to from my various blogs. I'm almost embarrassed to admit those docs were created in MS Word and relied solely on Comic Sans. One of these days I'll make it a priority to go back and remove all of those files (and broken links)...
Because of my blogging, I have met a wonderful group of teacher bloggers from my province. Here's a photo from our 3rd Annual BC Bloggers & Collaborators Meet Up this afternoon: