Tumblr is a terrific blogging platform. It’s free, easy to use and the meta tags allow for people to find relevant posts easily. However, people are now writing for likes rather than content. Do I write a popular opinion (or in some cases unpopular) just so I can have the satisfaction of little hearts all over my dashboard? Or do I write great posts with useful and informational content and it be largely ignored because it doesn’t have a funny gif in it?
With all the available blogging platforms out there we can assume most of your students probably already have a blog and more than likely it is hosted on Tumblr. On top of that we can assume that some of their blogs mostly consist of just reblogging gifs, “fan girling” and pictures of far away places that they didn’t take. A precedent needs to be made that their blog should be pictures they took, drawings they made or even prose they wrote. A lot of people talk about how we can spread creativity in the wake of programs being cut. This can be a way. No?
Teachers, how can you start to get your students to make great content on their “little corner of the web”?