Anne and Tim report that their NECC propsals were accepted, which is great news. Mine, unfortunately, was not. (Sniff, sniff) I have a feeling that ISTE had more than a few Web log proposals on the table, and that will no doubt be a trend at most ed conferences from here on. That’s a very good thing. I’ll be anxious to see as many as I can in New Orleans in June (which, by the way, is crying out for a EdBlogger repeat of some type.)
For instance, Liz Lawley reports that she and some other higher ed types have submitted the following to the Media Ecology Association in June:
While weblogs have been touted as an emerging publishing medium, academic weblogs are often used more for communication and dialog with other scholars and interested readers than they are for traditional broadcast publishing. Unlike mailing lists, weblogs combine broad accessibility (unhindered by subscription requirements) with clear authorial voice on the part of the weblog writer(s). The panel will discuss the opportunities and problems presented by weblogs as a tool for cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration.
I like that phrase “clear authorial voice on the part of the weblog writer(s).” That’s really what I’m hoping to instill in my kids use of blogs. Yesterday in class I was reminding them to become experts on their story topics, and one of them actually said “you mean like experts in our blogs?” Ah, yes…the lights are coming on.