Leonard Low at Mobile Learning has a very interesting workshop idea for how to help people understand the concept of blogging separate from the technology. His “Paper Blogging” strikes me as a great way to introduce the concept to people who are hesitant (or downright afraid) of technology by focusing on sharing ideas rather than the technical aspects.
Low uses a bunch of Post-It notes and paper to simulate blog conversations. Everyone writes a “post” on a sticky note and summarizes it with “tags.” Posts are collected on a larger sheet of paper (symbolizing the blog). People then add comments (more sticky notes) to other people’s posts. You should read his entire post to get all the details, including how he demonstrates RSS.
There is lots of discussion in the edublogosphere and conferences about how to help teachers understand Read/Write Web technology. Recruiting the early adopters who enjoy and naturally gravitate towards new technology is one thing, and it’s an important part of what needs to be done. We need the leaders like Vicki Davis out in the front innovating and pushing the limits of what we can do to inspire others. However, we also need to have some ways like this to help everyone else see the value. To reach those who are more resistant, in education or elsewhere, I think a focus on what can be done with the technology will ultimately be more effective than focusing just on the technology.
“We need to get away from the notion that computers are something we go use in a lab once a week. When was the last time we sent kids to a pencil lab?”