It’s great to see another edublog award out there, and my heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the eSchool News entry: Tim Stahmer, Wes Freyer, Andrew Rotherham and Frank LaBanca. Should I be chagrined that I only have two of the four in my aggregator?
Here’s the problem. As a sometime contributor to the eSchool News blog, I probably shouldn’t dis the sponsors, but, as usual, I can’t help myself. Look at the way the article defines and describes blog uses in education:
Basically a web journal, a blog allows any user to post his or her thoughts, links to favorite sites, and—in many cases—audio and visual media. At its heart, a blog is a personal diary for the internet age.
The advent of blogging represents an unparalleled opportunity for educators. The typical educator has minimal contact with his or her peers once the bell rings. In what often can be an isolated profession, blogs can break down barriers of time and space, encourage collaboration, and enhance professional growth and development. They also can be used in the classroom to help students develop writing
skills or allow them to post video, audio, or other multimedia.
Talk about missing the ed blogging boat. “A personal diary for the Internet Age”? Nothing about learning. Nothing about connections. Nothing about c-o-n-v-e-r-s-a-t-i-o-n.
If we’re going to give ed blog awards, which I don’t think is a bad idea, we ought to do a better job of articulating the qualities for best practices.