Category Archives: Blog Rationale

Teachers blog!

Leslie Walker of the Post, a person I thought understood blogs, nevertheless writes of the increasing number of teachers blogging.

"I personally use blogs every day to keep up on what the newest thoughts are on education," said Scott E. Schopieray, assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Technology at Michigan State University. "I have my own research that I'm an expert in, but I can't be an expert in my domain and also be one in every other domain, so I use blogs posted by other educators in order to capitalize on their expertise."

"I have an idea, I put it on my blog," said David Warlick, of 2 Cents Worth ( http://davidwarlick.com/2cents ), who teaches teachers around the country how to use blogs. "I learn something as a result. This last year has been the most incredible learning year of my life because of this ongoing conversation of ideas through blogging."

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A little time to write

We got a new Chancellor today— Erroll Davis, formerly of Alliant Energy.  Yep, a CEO is now running one of the largest higher ed systems in the country.  Should be interesting.

But, of more important note — I read a piece in The Chronicle from Oct 7 entitled “The Blogosphere as a Carnival of Ideas” (sorry, subscription required).  So, I point out the conclusion:

Both group blogs and the many hundreds of individual academic blogs that have been created in the last three years are pioneering something new and exciting. They’re the seeds of a collective conversation, which draws together different disciplines (sometimes through vigorous argument, sometimes through friendly interaction), which doesn’t reproduce traditional academic distinctions of privilege and rank, and which connects academic debates to a broader arena of public discussion. It’s not entirely surprising that academic blogs have provoked some fear and hostility; they represent a serious challenge to well-established patterns of behavior in the academy. Some academics view them as an unbecoming occupation for junior (and senior) scholars; in the words of Alex Halavais of the State University of New York at Buffalo, they seem “threatening to those who are established in academia, to financial interests, and to … well, decorum.” Not exactly dignified; a little undisciplined; carnivalesque. Sometimes signal, sometimes noise. But exactly because of this, they provide a kind of space for the exuberant debate of ideas, for connecting scholarship to the outside world, which we haven’t had for a long while. We should embrace them wholeheartedly

Yes, that’s why we should do it.

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I need to point to Anne Teaches Me, a blog written by my friend Anne Davis.  She continues to do good work expanding the use of blogs in k12 education.