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EdBlog: Blog of the Week – How You Can Help Support a Blogger Each Week

The EdBlog of the Week Project is being created to highlight education bloggers.  Voters will choose a favorite blog each week in a survey and then it will be announced on Tuesdays at Edchat. For the remainder of each week, I will send out messages on Twitter promoting the selected blog with the goal that we share it as much as possible. You can help support the #edblog of the week in a series of ways and only as much as you feel comfortable.

Whether you see the Edblog of the Week announced live on Tuesday in Edchat, or later in the week, please take a moment and support them:

  1. Subscribe to their blog – It may help to create a folder in your reader called #edblog and save all the EdBlog’s in one place
  2. Read at least one of their recent posts
  3. Comment if you can – This will help push the conversation forward but it does take time to comment so don’t feel obligated the moment you sign up for their blog.  You will have plenty of time to go back and comment later when new posts shows up in your feed reader
  4. Retweet the EdBlog when you see it come across the TwitterStream, maybe even post the blog on another social network? Our goal is to get a lot of people to subscribe and read the blog on a regular basis
  5. Use the hashtag #edblog to make it easy for others to follow the conversation each week

Subscribe, Read, Retweet.  Comment if you have time or feel the need.  You might even take a second to contact the blogger directly thanking them for their work.

Let’s promote thought, innovation, information sharing and support the time it takes all of us to contribute to our chosen field.

Stay Tuned: The first Edblog of the Week survey will be released later today.


Update: I changed some of the original terminology of this blog. I want to thank Chris Craft and David Jakes for suggesting we don’t use winners and losers (as if in a contest, which was never the intent of showcasing blogs) in the edublogger discussion.

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EdBlog: Blog of the Week – How it Will Work

Edblog is a new project where members of our education network help select a blog to promote each week.  A primary goal of this project is to extend the conversation of education by reading, possibly commenting, and definitely subscribing to the Blog of the Week.  Blogs are a great place to get in-depth information about a topic and give readers the opportunities to really think about a new idea.

  • Sunday:  I will create a survey based on a theme selected for the week.  I will post the survey in my blog as well as send it out to my PLN through Twitter. It will give you a list of 3-5 blog candidates and ask for your vote. Poll selections will be the most common recommendations from readers.
  • Monday and Tuesday morning: We will continue to poll for the Edblog of the Week until a blog is selected
  • Tuesday at Edchat:  I will publish a blog post describing the featured blog and simultaneously announce it at the end of Edchat on Tuesday about 8 e.s.t
  • Wed thru Sunday:  Twice a day, I will send out tweets promoting the Edblog of the Week and ask for you to retweet and support. By promoting it several times daily, hopefully we can get each of our collection of friends and followers access to the Edblog of the Week

While extending the conversation to include more voices is an important goal of this project, the ultimate result should be student learning.  By getting more of us to participate in this project, we may be able to help with both.

Stay Tuned:  In the next introductory post about Edblog, I will give you some tips for how to help support the Edblog of the Week

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Introducing….EdBlog: A Blog of the Week Project

I am happy to announce the beginning of a new project called Edblog.  Every week my PLN will help select an Education Blog of the Week to be announced at the end of Edchat on Tuesdays.  It will promote a specific blogger that is trying to improve education.  They might blog about tools teachers can use in the classroom or big ideas about education reform.  They might blog about how to bring more educators into the conversation or how their school is improving achievement for kids.  It could be any number of reasons, and the possible candidates will change every week based on the topic of the week.  For example, EdBlog of the Week #1 will be based on interesting posts coming out of ISTE10 and shared in our PLN.

If the project goes well and there is enough positive response to it, then I will continue to organize a blog of the week for the entire year.  At ISTE11, we will have a poll to select the Blog of the Year.

The idea for Edblog came about after two conversations I had at ISTE10.  I was involved with Edchat for the first time last week and that really sparked a deep desire to help contribute more to my PLN (for more information on Edchat see Steven Anderson’s posts about it).  The second conversation was with a young woman who thanked our panel for working hard to include new people into the dialogue.

Edblog’s goal is to extend the conversation of education and to try and get more and more involved in constantly dialoguing about how to improve their schools/classrooms/districts.

Stay Tuned: I will release a series of blog posts today and tomorrow talking about how you can help be a part of Edblog: The Blog of Week

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Are There Any Good Conversations on Twitter Anymore?

talkingLast week I made a comment on Twitter asking the question “Are there any good conversations on here anymore?”  Let me back up and preface this.  I used to be an avid Twitter poster and loved exploring big ideas in  education.  Then my life went crazy and I stopped posting on a regular basis, I also stopped watching the Twitterstream….for the most part.  Then about 3 months ago, I started observing again, somewhat voyeuristically.  I watched in order to see if there was a noticeable difference in the conversation of my PLN.

I noticed a couple things. First, the amount of educators on Twitter had jumped dramatically over the last year.  Second, a new generation of leaders in my PLN were guiding the conversation about education.

A few days after I posted my comment on Twitter about good conversations, I attended ISTE10.  I have to admit, I had some amazing interactions with my PLN in person and online all week during the conference.  I was especially happy to realize that, yes, there is still an in-depth dialogue happening on Twitter.

An interesting model for the education conversation is being led by the moderators at Edchat, an international discussion about education today.  I loved participating in #edchat for the first time last week.  For those of you that don’t know, Edchat is a weekly question about education released every Tuesday that people from all around the world discuss.  The main conversation takes place for an hour, but for many, it extends well past that.  Edchat attempts to get people involved and get people inspired.  I especially enjoyed that it is an open forum that allows people new to the education conversation to jump right in. It is an important conversation because it has the ability to remind all of us that the reason we have a PLN is to learn, to explore, and to question education.

I want to thank Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach), Steven Anderson (@web20classroom), Kyle Pace (@kylepace), Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerrell) Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) for leading EDCHAT.

Flickr photo by The Funkyman

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Loving to Learn and Learning to Share

lightbulb.head.ideasI have to admit that sometimes I take a break from learning.  Sometimes life is so busy that I just cannot find the time to read through my Google Reader or finish playing with those new tools that I bookmarked.  At the times where I am not being proactive in my own Personal Professional Development (PPD), I do not feel that I have anything important to add to my Personal Learning Network.  While socializing on there is always an option, it is never my top priority so when I get stuck in that vacuum where new ideas dare not enter, I don’t participate much.

I actually feel like less of an educator, and that I have less to offer to the education discussion when I get caught in that vacuum.  I have this deep need to be a part of the conversation and have analyzed why a lot in the last month.  It’s not because I like chit-chatting with my friends online (that’s fun but it’s not why I have a PLN), it’s not because I like adding followers and friends to my network, it’s because I love learning.  I love new information and the ideas that come from it.  I love the feeling I get when the light bulb goes on, and I solved a problem for making my classes better or helping a student.  I love the rush of exploring an idea to my full limitations.

I have made a commitment to add something that I think will help the conversation about education grow, and will drive me to learn on a daily basis.  It’s a year long responsibility so it’s not to be taken lightly. I want to be able to share what I learn with my PLN and colleagues, and in order to do that I need to learn something new everyday.   I am literally pushing myself to be a better person and educator by committing to this project.  I hope that a lot of us who attended ISTE10 or who are getting rejuvenated for the next school year can all commit to loving learning and helping our kids feel that energy.

note:  Project to be announced at the end of the holiday weekend

Flickr photo by Cayusa

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