(Via Pam) This is the kind of site that I find most intriguing about Web logs, the collaboration from afar type. On one level, it would be a lot simpler for all of us edu-bloggers to do our edu-blogging in one place instead of in a dozen different places that we have to aggregate in order to have time to read. I suppose that would preclude us from posting pictures of our kids or personal links, so we’d still have to maintain sites for that. But there is something to be said for doing all of our relevant linking and thinking in one place, no?
Pat has attempted to create such a site, but it’s been dormant for a while. If I had to guess, it’s because we all have this need for our own space, our own audience. But think of what that could be…one stop shopping for all school related blogging issues and concerns. I think, as my step-mother used to say, it’s a balloon worth floating once again.
David Davies says
I agree entirely with the problem. I’m always looking out for good edu/tech blogs and some central portal would be great. But one of the things I find most beneficial reading diverse blogs is the variety of perspectives offered by the different educational level, not to mention subject or other aspect. For example, Pat’s site is K12, not a level I’m directly interested in professionally (though I do have kids at this level). My area is higher ed, probably not so relevant to K12 folk. Then there’s lifelong learning etc. Having said that, despite such a range of educational perspective there are often articles or posts on such diverse sites that are generically interesting.
My gut feeling is that attempting to pull all these threads together under one roof might produce a single blog of less diverse appeal then having many blogs. Maybe there are some solutions though. My blog reading has been revolutionised by RSS aggregators like NetNewsWire and Radio Userland. Although it’s a trawl having to find all the good edu tech blog sites once they’re in my aggregator reading all the diverse posts is a breeze.
Maybe another thing we can do is to create a single site that lists edu blogs possibly by educational level and/or subject discipline or whatever other grouping seems useful. Then at least we’d have a list of sites that we could subscribe to.
In the spirit of sharing sites, below are the edu/tech blogs in my aggregator. Let’s swap! BTW, your list of good sites is a great resource in itself.
Serious Instructional Technology
Moreover – UK education news
CETIS: Standards in Education Technology