Let this be my first ever blog post.

I have always wanted to maintain a blog, but I always come up with reasons not to: I haven’t got the time, tons of work to do, I’m too lazy to write, I believe it’s a narcissistic exercise (if I will only write about myself, that is); Even if I have the time, I’d rather spend my minutes for Facebook or NBA on ESPN, which is a rather poor way of making use of free time.

On the other hand, I have several good reasons why I should write a blog, as I have been working in the ICT in education field for quite some time (six years and counting).  We have always advocated the use of blogs for educational purposes, but I don’t practice what we preach.  I can say I have an online presence on the field of ICT in education, but my digital footprints are all over the place.  I have written materials (articles and a franchise manual to boot) for the eSkwela Project, co-moderated and posted entries to its Ning and FB page.  As a Development Communication masters student, online writing is a recurring activity in the courses I am taking.  See, the reasons why I should blog clearly outweigh my excuses for not.

The UNESCO Education Community (EC) has become the tipping point for me to make – and keep – a blog.  As EC facilitator, I hope I can help make it truly a community that will facilitate collaboration among the countries participating in the KFIT International School Project (or KISP; more on this in my next blog posts. There, I promised I will post another blog entry very soon.)

In the meantime, I would like to point the members of the KISP group to an example of tele-collaboration I came across while researching on ICT teacher tools.  Flipping through the pages of UNESCO’s Guidebook on Textbook Research and Textbook Revision, I chanced upon the Hamburg-Chicago project, which apparently was a project where “pupils worked together on a book about the two cities they live in.”  The link provided in the guidebook no longer works, but I was sure it was still available online.  Goethe-Institut brought together Chicago’s Free Spirit Media and the Hamburg radio and television station TIDE for PROJEKT.EXCHANGEI hope to read the exchange of blog entries made by the students and find out more about this project and see how KISP can learn from it.