Several hours ago I learnt some really bad news which is going to affect my professional experience in several ways. Posterous blogging platform is going to be turned off after April 30th (predictable and in many cases inevitable side effects of being acquired by media monsters). Posterous is home to three blogging projects I’ve been doing for over a year:
ELTworkplaces (#ELTworkplaces on Twitter) - a collaborative photo blog where teachers share pictures of the workplaces they work and find inspiration in. http://eltworkplaces.posterous.com/
MSUEnglish - a blog space which is used by my students and their mates from the University of Grenoble, Physics Faculty, for projects of our English courses. http://msuenglish.posterous.com/
My own humble space for contemplation. I’ve just “celebrated” a year of blogging via Posterous, which has been a thrilling journey all the way. http://annloseva.posterous.com/
So, you say, what’s the point?
This story has given me some food for thought. At first, I was shocked. Then, I felt all range of feelings from anger to desperation. Blogging with Posterous was a piece of cake and provided a unique opportunity for both teachers and students to collaborate on the fly.
On second thought..this could happen to any website or web tool. How are teachers going to react if some crucial resources they rely on in their teaching close down? Frustration is a bad companion. Flexibility and optimistic attitude towards some new experience are good friends.
So I welcome change with my arms wide open.
- Teaching resources
- Teacher development
- Teacher training