Fascinating List of Blogs

I stumbled on this posting from Miguel Guhlin this morning.  He’s right; this is an amazing list of blogs.  As I replied on his blog, this list wouldn’t have been possible even three years ago.  A lot of things have happened – the sense of paranoia about public transparency seems to have subsided with many – and we’re all the beneficiaries of public sharing.  Folks are documenting thoughts, insights, and just the state of education as it applies to them.  It’s fascinating reading.  Imagine if everyone shared what was happening in their corner of the world.  Imagine how reflective the profession could become.

As per Miguel’s request, I am sharing this list with anyone who is interested.  There’s not a bad read among them.  Well, maybe there’s one.

The holiday break begins for many today and for others in a couple of day and then into the new year.  Why not make a resolution to add a blog or two to your regular reading habit?  The search for great reading stops below.  Pick a blog, any blog…  New readers are awards that are meaningful to all bloggers.

From Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org

What a fascinating list of blogs…will have to check to see how many aren’t on the Google Reader list…thanks to these folks for compiling the list, but forgive me if I don’t remove the “best” labels. If your blog isn’t on the list, I hope you’ll add it in the comments, then copy the list and share it with others.

Individual blogs

Group blogs

New blogs

Class blogs

Student blogs

Resource sharing blogs

Influential blog posts

Teacher blogs

Best librarian / library blog

Best school administrator blog

Best educational tech support blog

Best elearning / corporate education blog

Best educational use of audio

Best educational use of video / visual

Best educational wiki

Best educational podcast

Best educational webinar series

Best educational use of a social network

Best educational use of a virtual world

Best use of a PLN

Lifetime achievement

In Search of Blogging Efficiency

So many blogs to read; so little time to do it.

I’m always looking for ways to become more productive in my blog reading.  There is so much to read and so much to learn.  I’ve tried RSS readers, switched to the Flock Browser for its built-in features, lots of gadgets for my iGoogle homepage, and have noticed marked improvement in my ability to bring it in.  But, I can’t help but think that there’s something, somewhere, that will do it.

Right now, the biggest aid in productivity was a book about how to speed read that I bought to help me through Grade 10 English.  I studied that sucker from cover to cover and it pays off daily.

Today, I just happened to be zipping though the results from a Google search for “Essential Firefox Add-ins” and was amazed at the number of people who had devoted time and effort to developing content that fell into that niche.

I read so many, I forgot to remember which one lead me to this add-in.  It was number 10 and I was about to speed off to read another when I read the name of the add-in.  It was called BlogRovr.  I’ve always been a sucker for focussing on misspelled words…

It installed nicely in my Flock 2 browser and then we’re off to configure it.  You log into their web service to create an account.

Then, you choose your blogs.  This is where my productivity ground to a half.  Not only do they provide this resource, but they have lumped together blogs of the same content.  Of course, NOW I have to check out all of these new found blogs.  I started from wanting to increase the productivity of the few blogs that I read regularly and now all of a sudden, I have over 60 new ones to check out.

The neat thing is that now that BlogRovr is installed, it pops out a little tray based upon the RSS of the various blogs that I’ve added.  In the background, it’s polling the feeds of the blogs that I’ve added and keeping me apprised of the latest entries.

This is going to take some time.  If I don’t post tomorrow, you’ll know why!

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When Everyone Has A Voice

I’m watching the CW11 Morning News this morning and just saw two stories back to back.

In the first one, a mother pleaded for the return of her child.

In the second one, a man threatened to place poison in 5000 jars of baby food.

There were two things in common with these stories.  First, they were, as I noted above, on the morning news in back to back segments.

Secondly, these were not news stories professionally shot by video journalists.  They were shot by amateurs and posted on YouTube.  It’s a sign of the times that in these days of citizen journalism that anyone can create their own news.  Then, a television show can use it as news footage.  If you’re interesting or sensational enough, you too could be producing such content.

Of all of the things posted on blogs or video sharing or picture sharing sites, how do you know what to believe and what not to believe?  How do you assign a credibility factor to these things?  Does the fact that a “legitimate” news source like a television station broadcast it give it truth?  How do the producers of these shows know?

Reportedly, one of these stories is true and the other a hoax.  I’ve elected to not perpetuate hoaxes by including the video or links to them in this post.

But, if you have answers to any or all of the above, it would be good to know.  If you don’t, should you?

If we don’t have the answers, how can we expect our students to know?  Does filtering websites at schools solve the problem?  Does this not just push the onus on students and possibly parents to learn at home?  How do they know?

What impact does this have on a whole generation of people that are living this as you read this post?

What does it mean when everyone has a voice?

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