Pat has a rant department and maybe I need to start one of my own. Since I’m actually looking forward to Bloggercon (and I haven’t read too many others who will admit to it) I like to check back now and then to the site to see what’s going on. Today I noticed that a teaser had been added at the top of the right column asking if Web logs will change the face of politics and, basically, life as we know it. But at the end, almost as an afterthought, it says:
Educators are using blogs to help students express themselves and learn from each other.
Hmmm…is that what we’re doing? Sounds so, I dunno, vapid, doesn’t it? (I kinda picture this as a line from a “Betty Boop Talks Web Logs” documentary.) Sure feels like there’s more depth to all of this from where I sit at least. But, hey, ok…I understand…space constraints. It’s just a teaser. I can live with it…
But then I check out Lance Knobel, the person who’s leading the Education portion of the conference. Now I’m sure Mr. Knobel is an intelligent, interesting person. But can anyone tell me what’s missing from this bio I found on him? Anyone? Anyone at all???
LANCE KNOBEL is Independent Writer and Strategist; Former Advisor, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, London He was formerly head of the programme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and Editor-in-Chief of World Link.
Now I don’t know who’s on the rest of the panel. But puhleeeze let there be a few people who have actually implemented Web logs into their teaching. I mean really, if what I get is a group of non-educators theorizing about what it might be like to use Web logs in an educational setting, there better be a refund in order.