Sharing News & Opportunities
Beyond sharing images of artwork, we feel that it is important to share ideas, opinions and resources. A blog provides an excellent platform for sharing news, critiquing images, creating discussion forums and embedding links from other sources of interest.
Over the past few years, we have been encouraging students to create an 'e-portfolio' in photography. Although not all students are interested in showcasing their work online, we have found that the blogging/website platform has a number of advantages in that students can easily contribute to their coursework from any location with internet access without having to always carry around a sketchbook. It also reduces the environmental impact of printing out sheets of paper and saves us money, whilst also making it easy to reference sources through internet linking. It has proved particularly popular with A-Level students.
We don't envisage the sketchbook becoming obsolete in photography and, within fine art, we encourage students to choose the most appropriate form of evidence according to their media, but there are clear advantages to using a blog/website to document critical and contextual understanding and research resources, which can be shared easily with peers and used as a forum for discussion.
Blogger is probably the easiest blogging platform to use, but has some limitations although is always being updated. It is owned by Google so it will always be up-to-ate with current browsers.
Tumblr is also a very popular online blogging tool and allows users to easily share content and add images, videos, quotes, etc... It is built as a social networking tool for those that love to blog!