The educational blogosphere

This blog is more than a decade old and some 500 posts later it is easy to ask what’s the point of blogging? Prolific blogger Seth Godin explains it this way:

Other than writing a daily blog (a practice that’s free, and priceless), reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on. The last great online bargain.

Good blogs aren’t focused on the vapid race for clicks that other forms of social media encourage. Instead, they patiently inform and challenge, using your time with respect.

For me, blogging has been an important avenue for shaping ideas, clarifying thinking and hearing from those with a vested interest in education. The fact that people take the time to read and comment reinforces two things for me. The first is that we are part of a connected community. The second is that learning is a collaborative process. I couldn’t begin to list the number of educational blogs written by teachers, leaders, students and even parents. Each person gives us a different perspective and makes a unique contribution to the broader discussion, which as we know, is global now.

What impresses me most about the blogosphere is just how generous people are with their time and ideas. Their intent is never about personal gain but how small contributions can lead to transformational change. We can all make a difference somewhere through our circle of influence (see Stephen Covey).

I feel privileged to be part of the educational blogging community. Thank you to all of those who continue to push the boundaries for today’s learners and importantly, choose to challenge and educate the rest of us.

 


3 thoughts on “The educational blogosphere

  1. I enjoyed Seth Godin’s recent podcast reflection on the different iterations of his blog. He too had an overarching intent, which yourself list as ‘transformation’, but what interested me where the various changes in directions he has taken based on the contexts of the time.

    I wonder Greg how your blog has developed? Are any ‘changes’ that stand out to you? Has your practice over ten years always been the same? Would love to know.

    Syndicated at Read Write Collect

  2. Aaron, great question. I think it has shifted dramatically as I continue to learn how to do the work needed to ensure relevance for young people in schools. As an educator with responsibility for system change, I’ve come to the view that we need to give up the pursuit of improvement. The current system doesn’t need fixing but replacing. New times requires new assumptions and thinking. Hence, my approach to innovation in practice.

    My focus over the last several years has been leading from the Centre where everyone has responsibility for transforming schooling. This has led to new ways of learning and teaching. We have gained greater understanding of the power of professional learning communities.

    Thirdly, building an enterprise infrastructure to support new ways of schooling and taking as much administrative burdens off schools so they focus on the time on task and the work of improving each child’s learning.
    This is a high level insight and is an ongoing iteration. Much time recently is focused on big data/little data and its role and place in supporting teacher work.

    In summary, I think I’m more focused on precision and focused on simplifying the work schools do.

  3. Thank you Greg for elaborating. I really appreciate the way that you share ideas and different voices, especially through the addition of the podcast. I guess each little step is about changing the thinking. 500 posts is a lot of little steps.

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