When Burlington High School history teacher Michael Milton began blogging about his classroom, 10 posts flew from his fingers in three days.
Their topics ranged from his lesson plans, like "The (Industrial) Revolution will be Twitterized*," to reflections on modeling a classroom after the TV show "The West Wing."
"It was just like I had all these things stored up that I wanted to say," Milton says. "I hope that putting myself out there, that’s kind of like showing 'Here’s the mind of a teacher, here’s what teachers do.'"
Soon after its 2012 creation, Milton's blog, michaelkmilton.com, began to pick up steam. Educators flocked to the online resource for lesson plans and discussions about their craft. Today, Milton has over 3,000 followers, and his most popular post has over 6,700 hits.
“A lot of times people who show lesson plans, they’re different businesses or nonprofits,” Milton says. “A voice that is always missing is teachers.”
Now, that's changing. Milton is just one of a growing number of local educators, parents and policymakers who have turned to independent blogs to spread awareness about their school experiences.
Armed with platforms on websites like WordPress and Blogger, these keyboard crusaders create wide communities to share practices and concerns within the education world. And as the voice of bloggers gets louder, it's having a growing effect on education practice and policy. Read More →