Posts Tagged ‘Comic’
Entry summary: “How does the ed commentariat benefit the true proletariat (teachers)?”
“That Works….” – An EducatorBlog Comic
Dangerously Irrelevant‘s Top 50 P-12 EdBlogs list sparked debates on multiple blogs (including mine) about the nature of the edublogopshere. Why do tech blogs dominate the Top 50? Are new bloggers being shut out of the edublog community? What responsibilities do veteran edubloggers have to new edubloggers?
I guess you could call me a ‘free market blogger’. I believe that the laws of supply and demand applies to the blogging market: when a consumer (reader) wants to find information, s/he can do a search on Google or Technorati to find the information they seek. All markets can experience failure. A failure in the blog market is when consumers cannot find the information they seek and producers are shielded from consumers who would like to read their blogs. Are there inefficiencies in the edublog market that are creating entry barriers for new bloggers? Are there blog titans that exert market power (monopolies/oligarchies)? Do these questions matter?
It’s cool that the education blog community is so aware of itself that it can engage in acts of meta-blog-nition, but as Dr. Phil once said (on an episode of Oprah…no, I don’t watch Dr. Phil): “there are topics and there are issues”. Although the inner-workings of the edublogosphere is an interesting topic, I wonder – why does the ed tech debate matter? What are the deeper issues?
This question is important to me. I start co-teaching/grad studies soon and I wonder how my blog will change as I transform from (naive) student to (slightly jaded but still optimistic) teacher in a Title I school. What can my blog do for me? What can it do for others? Does the ‘sphere matter? How does the ed commentariat benefit the true proletariat (teachers) and others with a stake in education (i.e., parents, administrators, community members, and the media)? There are large opportunity costs associated with bloggers’ time. Every minute a teacher or administrator spends writing a blog entry could be spent on professional development, out of class work, acts of advocacy in the community, or other aspects of life that are not related to education. What meaningful contribution can my blog make in solving issues of education and social justice?
What do you think, fellow ed commentariats? What are the real issues of the edublogosphere? Everyone will have different answers to these questions – please share.
Edupunk.Isn’t.Dead (“That works…” – an EducatorBlog Comic)
“A guy walks up to me and asks ‘What’s Punk?’. So I kick over a garbage can and say ‘That’s punk!’. So he kicks over the garbage can and says ‘That’s Punk?’, and I say ‘No that’s trendy!'”
“Punk to me was a form of free speech. It was a moment when suddenly all kinds of strange voices that no reasonable person could ever have expected to hear in public were being heard all over the place.”
I have a friend who is extols the virtues of direct vocabulary instruction. My word of the day today is edupunk. My friend would say that my use of the word edupunk is “so 2000” – but better late than never (this doesn’t apply to use of the phrases “whoop there it is”, “that’s whack”, and “fo ‘shizzle”).
Here are resources for the aspiring edupunk:
TechLEARNING Blog: Daily web 2.0 tools and tips for teachers.
Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling: A primer for educators who want to use digital storytelling in the classroom.
Hypertextopia: An innovative online project that aims to change the way people write and tell stories.
The Library of Congress: Teachers should integrate photographs, sound clips, copies of old pamphlets, and many other primary sources into students’ learning.
A great lesson plan that integrates Library of Congress materials into a Civil War lesson.
ToonDoo: A free and easy to use comic strip creator that teachers and students can use to communicate ideas in new ways.
Fo’ Shizzle my Edufizzles.