As I was working with teachers at the Goethe Schule in Buenos Aires, Argentina today, supporting them in creating their own new blogs for professional development and to document their learning. I wanted to show them that I did not start out with the Langwitches blog the way it is today.
►I felt my way around with what to write…
► How to write with an audience in mind… yet not knowing if anyone was reading
►Not receiving any feedback in form of comments
► I was not used to writing in English
► I had never heard or experimented with hyperlinked writing
► I was not fluent in creating, inserting, embedding different forms of media as part of a blog post to be able to communicate and model
I pulled up my first blog entry to realize that I had started Langwitches exactly 9 years ago, February 20th, 2006.
Image taken by Marisa Gonzalez. Used with permission
It was interesting to see that I already had a vision of documenting and sharing since the beginning. It was satisfying that exactly 9 years later, I was indeed working with teachers, who teach German or Spanish to many second language learners here in Argentina and supporting them to set up their blogs
Langwitches Blog, February 20, 2006
This Blog is an experiment. I am fascinated by the possibilities of blogging in the foreign language classroom. I will document what I have learned and hopefully inspire other language teachers to try their own blogs.
cross posted at langwitches.org/blog
Silvia Tolisano is a Curriculum21 faculty member, author of the book Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators and founder of the Around the World with 80 Schools project. Read more at http://langwitches.org/blog.