Pat offers Part 2 of his Disruptive Operating Procedure handbook. Here’s a shot over the bow:
Any particular organizational affiliation or control must be kept as far away from the edBlogger network as we can keep it. Large, well-funded educational organizations will support nothing that they won’t try to control, and nothing that they control will have as its priority teachers and students.
There is much politics afoot here with the NWP and the various local orgs that I’m not privy to. But I’m feeling like I have to keep my focus on what I can do with my new position to build and grow my own slice of this network (that little dot just to the south of NYC). I’ll say it again, I know that my good fortune can and must be shared…
Buy me $50K worth of server hardware and three years of Kern County Manila support, and allow blog site creation for any k-12 public school teacher in the country.
There must be grants, other benfactors that could bring this about. I KNOW I could raise some of this. Let’s put together a “business” plan and our passion and take this idea to some folks who wouldn’t be into it for the money or the prestige but simply want to improve education. I’ve spent three years watching my wife do this. I have some people we can take this to, but we need to formalize it…make it more than just loosely connected dots.
The Site Creation Wizard I have been working on takes the idea of turnkey websites much farther. As new Manila sites ar born, they get prefabbed pages and content with site structure and navbars to match. Editorial and other site preferences can be tweaked. This capability lets Manila community site masters offer a custom site wizard for each group within their organizations. This is going to save many Manila man hours.
There is definitely a movement here…let’s keep it going.