A summer of co-hosts

When I wrote the first version of “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” oh so many years ago, I never realized that it would become such an obsession. When Friday’s version comes out this week, it will be post #526 with that title.

The original idea was to support some of the very best bloggers in the world and they all come from Ontario. By giving my thoughts on the content, the hope was that people would get interested and click through to see what the actual post was about. The format has changed over the years, but the intent is still there.

Sure, I could have visited the individual post and left a comment (which bloggers love) but eventually I lose control of the comment or the blog goes away or whatever. This way, I have all my thoughts gathered here.

When the fledgling voicEd Radio came online, Stephen Hurley reached out to me to do a radio show with the content that would normally appear in the blog post. Quite frankly, my first reaction was no, I didn’t want to do that but he dug in like a dog with a bone and we’ve done the show just about every week and less scripted. I’m definitely the weak link and you might hear Stephen redirect me during the show. I tend to move around and tinker; I’m like the worst student with attention problems in your classroom. We both wanted to do the show live as opposed to a podcast just to be different. Of course, you can get all the shows later on as a podcast from the voiced Radio website. We selected Wednesday mornings because I had pathetic internet speeds at the time and mornings had better throughput. That’s worked out quite nicely.

It’s also allowed us to be flexible in our approach and we’ve taken the show on the road to a number of conferences and into a classroom. When you make the rules, it’s OK to break them.

Here’s Stephen when we took the show to the ECOO Bring IT, Together Conference in Niagara Falls

A couple of years ago, we tried something else and that was to bring an Ontario Edublogger onto the show as a guest host. It was one of the best decisions that we’ve ever done and nobody has ever said a flat-out no. There have been a couple “not on that day but could we do it a week later”? We did it again this summer. It’s also extra special when the co-host has recently blogged and we make that one of the blogs that we chat about. People are so proud of their efforts.

While we try to share the love, there has been one person that has been a regular on the series over the years and that’s Vicky Loras. It’s kind of cool that someone in Switzerland takes the time out from their afternoon to join us in our morning.

This morning’s show will conclude our summer of co-hosts and we’re delighted that Matthew Morris has agreed to join us. Of all the dates for teachers, this has to be the most difficult to pull off since he could be in his classroom organizing things.

In our shared agenda, it looks like this:

God Spare

Others who were kind enough to join us this summer are:

Presenting

Life Long Learning with Stephen Hurley

track and field

Take Ownership: It’s Leadership!

Experience Sustainability

PhD Language Research

Even copying and pasting these from the planning document gives me shivers thinking of the wisdom and diversity of topics from Ontario Edubloggers. This is why I did it and now why we do it.

Those who are astute will notice that there are a couple of missing weeks in there. Stephen took a couple of breaks to do family things and wasn’t available. My wife and I take shorter family breaks, typically on weekends.

So, to all these people who were vulnerable enough to talk live on the radio…

And, if you’re available at 8:45 this morning, join in and hear Matthew, Stephen, and me talk about some great blogging. The link to listen is in the top left corner – https://voiced.ca/

All of the shows are archived as podcasts here –
https://voiced.ca/project/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs/

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