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Calling all budding writers who want to write about their subject

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member


    Some of you may already be aware that we have created a new dedicated hub for teachers to write about the subject they teach and how they go about teaching it.

    Subject Genius was launched in July and aims to bring together some of the best subject specialist writers around. The blogs are produced by teachers, for teachers and will explore the trickiest subjects to teach, the peskiest issues in the curriculum and the most enjoyable ways to approach different parts of your discipline.

    A number of teachers have already produced some interesting posts:





    All we ask is that you contribute a blog post at least once a month, on the subject that you teach, where you can provide insights and inspiration to help your colleagues working in the same area in other schools around the country, and the world. If you’re an uploader to TES resources, then this would likely drive downloads too.

    We would like to build up a network of bloggers (Subject Geniuses) covering every subject on the curriculum.

    If you’re interested in becoming a regular Subject Genius, then please let me know by sending me a private message with your contact details including your email address.

    Thank you.
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    If anyone is interested in becoming a regular Subject Genius contributor please send me a private message (conversation) with your email address.

    Thank you.
  3. Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell New commenter

    This is an interesting idea and I'm always pleased when I find additional places where teachers can share their thoughts/ideas. I've just read one Where has the craft gone? If this is a blog, is there going to be a facility for readers to write their responses as is generally the convention? Sorry if it is there and I missed it - I was reading on a hand held device so perhaps the feature exists on the full website. Important that facility is there I think.
  4. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Hope you liked the blog Andy and Im happy to hear your thoughts and contributions.
  5. Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell New commenter

    Happy to engage but my point above which the TES have not replied to yet is that really it is much better if discussion takes place in the same place as the blog. I can't find that facility.
  6. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    I cant see it either Andy. I suspect its so the blog can be read without discussion by visitors who can then form their own opinions. All too often threads dissolve into argument or even trolling which could ruin the read for visitors.
    As there is only one blog in DT for the moment, you could start a thread to begin a discussion. I am sure it could also help attract other budding writers
  7. Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell New commenter

    Yes it would be good if there are more blogs here for D&T - or anywhere actually. There are precise few D&T teachers writing anything these days beyond the comments on Facebook - not that I'm criticising that at all. Its just that one expects a bit more in a blog post than in a simple quick post. I write enough as it is for articles and other places and really if I was to be producing more blogs, I'd do it on our site.

    But the facility to respond to a blog on that page is i think a given. I don't have any difficulty with people disagreeing and don't see how this would ruin anything. No the TES need to sort it out.
  8. jarvisp

    jarvisp New commenter

    We could do to find out what Schools are doing about DT?
    Regarding dropping the time pupils are given? and amount of none specialist teachers asked to teach the subject??
    EBACC a big worry and information regarding 2017 teaching??
  9. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    @Andy Mitchell...I discovered an interesting article on copyblogger explaining their reasons for removing comments from blogs.
    First, they argue that the conversation doesn't end there and it sparks discussion on forums, facebook, twitter etc. thereby creating a larger audience and allowing for more varied threads of discussion.
    Secondly that its probably not the best place for discussion; that the blogger has carefully thought through their blog before publishing it and inversely that a detailed and meaningful response might be better posted where it can lead into further discussions.
    Finally, and the one I would argue for, it its not possible to avoid spam, trolling and downright vehement comments which could ruin perfectly healthy and constructive conversations that might ensue. As Forums and other platforms are moderated, it is easier to monitor content there.
    I agree its convenient having the comments directly under the blog but, by starting a thread on a subject, its will also increase visitors to the forum....that certainly was the case with me; I had never thought of posting in the forums. I just passively read the front page stuff.
    @jarvisp this thread invites all budding writers so you can submit your own blog for publication or start a thread for discussion. Like Andy, I think there could be more current discussion in the DT section of the forum but take a look at something like Jamble D&T on Facebook; that's a buzzing community. I linked to my blog in there and received -positive responses. Again, more coverage might encourage visitors to the TES forum.
  10. Andy Mitchell

    Andy Mitchell New commenter

    Loads of discussions about this on the various dedicated D&T FB papers. Have been posting today.
  11. heidiyoung86

    heidiyoung86 New commenter

    I'm so glad to read that you have those two problems too - I thought I was the only one! I'm really keen to embrace the new specs fully and teach context-based, iterative projects from year 7, but I don't know how my non-DT teachers will cope.
  12. yentruong262

    yentruong262 New commenter

    I totally agree with you. I really like this community. Thank you for sharing!

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