Moving Forward – Example blogs to use for presentations?

Many of give presentations or deliver training workshops for K-12 or
postsecondary educators. As part of those professional development efforts, we
have a variety of resources and favorites that we use: background readings for
participants, videos that we show, example blogs or wikis that we highlight,
etc.

I’m working on a wiki, Moving
Forward
, which I’m hoping can be a good resource for all of
us. Miguel and David and Wesley and Will and Sheryl and Karl and Jeff and John and Vicki and … Each has their own
private list of examples and resources that they use when they present. I’d like
to encourage everyone to contribute at least one resource to the Moving Forward wiki.

To start, let’s focus on blogging:

  • What are some good background readings and other resources on K-12 and/or
    postsecondary blogging?
  • What are some good example student, teacher, administrator, or
    staff blogs to show audiences?

Please contribute your resources and URLs to the Moving Forward Blogs page.
This is a great way for everyone to create a resource
that can be used by all of us as we work to facilitate technology-related change
in schools and universities. Just one resource or example blog, that’s all I
ask. C’mon, that’s nothing! You can do it!

Feel free to add to the other pages as well. I’ll issues calls for contributions for other sections of the wiki over the coming weeks. If you make a contribution, please add your name to
the contributor list!

12 Responses to “Moving Forward – Example blogs to use for presentations?”

  1. Scott:

    A good flow chart of the blogging process is located at this site: http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/images/BlogProcess.gif

  2. Hi Scott – I didn’t have much to offer in the way of blogs, but I posted a few links under the wiki section. Hope you find them helpful.

    Best,
    Damian

  3. This sounds like a great resource, but I always wonder about how many times people out in cyber-land are reinventing the wheel. For example, the Support Blogging wiki (supportblogging.com) is a great general resource for educational blogging.

    What I think makes your wiki different is that you’re looking for a selective list of resources particularly appropriate for presentations, so I think you’ll have to watch carefully that the wiki doesn’t just grow into a collection of links and resources. And if I’m right, then you’ll also have to keep reminding us that this is a selective list, not a general compilation.

    Are you going to serve as “editor in chief” for the wiki? And as such, will you be removing links/sections if they don’t fit the (assumed) goal of “best selections for presentations”? Or will you have an “editorial staff” to help make these decisions?

    I’m not challenging this–I think it’s a great idea and could be an excellent resource for presenters–I’m just wondering about the procedures and exact purpose. (Or have you clarified all of that on another post or somewhere on the wiki?)

    Thanks for starting this!

  4. As my district is just beginning the trek into the world of web 2.0 I really appreciate you providing this wiki for all of us to use for training. It be a gold mine of information! Thank you, thank you.

  5. Hi Eric, yes, that was the idea. Not to reproduce Support Blogging but to highlight a few really good blogs in each category that we all can use to show the possibilities…

  6. Scott, great idea, but one I struggled with. I wrote about that struggle here, and hope to be making some thoughtful additions in the next few days to Moving Forward.

    My responses here:
    http://www.mguhlin.net/archives/2007/08/entry_3467.htm

    I chose the image of an ant because I imagine all of us pitching in to get the work of hive survival, but I’m not pleased with the hivemind idea. Sigh.

    Take care,

    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the Corner-mGuhlin.net
    http://mguhlin.net

  7. Hi Miguel,

    Thanks for your candor (and your support). I guess my feeling is that if the value of our presentations will be ruined by sharing a few blog / wiki / video examples, we’re not offering much to our audiences.

    Since I know you a little bit, I’m not too worried about you! I hope that you (and others) will share a resource or two. For example, the blogosphere’s a big place. We all could use a little help identifying a few diamonds in the rough.

  8. Oh, and by sharing our stuff, we empower those who may be new at this, or who may not have the resources that some of us do, but nonetheless can be effective local change agents with some help…

  9. Scott,
    Your Wiki is such a wonderful resource for the rest of us. I truly appreciate that you will let us use this “community” resource with our colleagues, teachers, students, and parents. I have added a little bit to it, and I will continue to look for items of interest that may benefit everyone.
    Thanks!
    Dave

  10. Scott,

    I think this is a great idea, especially for schools just beginning to explore web 2.0 tools.
    And it’s always helpful to have one more “go-to” place for refreshing a workshop or for those spontaneous learning moments!

    Added a few links…Thanks!

  11. Hi Scott —

    Just to let you know… I added a link to the Ed Tech That Works (Marzano & Web 2.0) wiki on one of the resources pages. This particular resource isn’t as perfect as I want it to be right now — but I will be adding more to it and beefing it up over the next month or so — the intent is to have a good rescource that links web 2.0 tools directly to the instructional categories defined by Robert Marzano as a way to bridge the “how does web 2.0 relate to effective instruction” gap that some of us run into when we attempt to be advocates.

    I think the Moving Forward wiki is a great resource for those of us who make presentation — and I don’t think you are duplicating effort with this. Thanks for setting it up!

    Stephanie

  12. Scott,

    Whether or not to start your own resource or pitch in for others is a tough decision. I create my own wikis for my workshops, but I always point people towards (and contribute to) those that have picked up more momentum, such as supportblogging.com and educationalwikis.wikispaces.com. I went ahead and added links to these (and a few other resources I’m familiar with) to your wiki. I hope it helps.

    -Mark

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