Better blog reading

I have thought a lot about blogging here the last couple of weeks, but I have not come across much worth blogging. I think that’s a good sign, as we have been consumed with the return of our fifth staff member from maternity leave, new job descriptions, server room power improvements, testing our new help desk system, and so on. My big open-source projects — two alumni web sites, gallery, Moodle, and custom scripts — have been stable lately after a period of intensive development. I have a new middle school podcasting project on the horizon, but it’s still in testing and I will talk about it here when it matures some more. We are also poised to make some big improvements in online help resources by way of a new knowledgebase starting in January or so.

I did appreciate Christopher Sessums’ recent post on action research and teacher technology integration and told him so. I need to read more blogs like Chris’ and fewer blogs from the leading edubloggers who speak (to me, at least) solely from the ed tech consulting perspective. Other voices in my blog reader include a principal, classroom teachers, school web site developers, graphic design experts, and usability experts.

The upshot of these two points is that I will write when I have something worth writing about! Have a delightful Thanksgiving.

3 comments

  1. Chris Lehmann says:

    My problem lately is that I have a few dozen really big ideas I’m thinking about and working on every day at SLA… but all my ideas are just hard enough for me to write about concisely or coherently… and I don’t want to just rant…

  2. rkassissieh says:

    I suppose blogging would not capture that kind of thought so well unless you found a way to lay out the evolution of your thoughts piece by piece over time. No one post could frame the entire question, but it would fill in over time.

  3. Ben says:

    Too true and following too many "big idea" bloggers, or those that make a living consulting and presenting. They have lots of great ideas and are wonderful to read, but there comes a time when you have to descend from their ivory towers and face the practicalities and interests of real classrooms.