Here’s to the individual bloggers
The Teach100 is an attempt to rank the top education blogs in the world. Most of the ranking system is purportedly objective, with 20% of the rankings an admittedly subjective factor. People will disagree about the order of the rankings, as well as whether we should even rank education blogs in the first place.
I want to focus on a different aspect of the Teach100: the role of individual bloggers versus those blogs that have a larger entity behind them. If you look at Teach100’s top fifty education blogs, most of them have a corporation or media company or some bigger institution behind them.
Mixed in with them, however, are Richard Byrne and David Warlick, former teachers who are now tireless advocates for powerful learning with technology. Larry Ferlazzo, who teaches ESL students in California. Vicki Davis, middle school teacher in Georgia. Shelly Terrell, international school educator. Eric Sheninger, New Jersey principal. Doug Johnson, the technology and libraries director for the Mankato school district in Minnesota. Jose Vilson, New York City math teacher (and the coolest educator I know virtually). And, yes, even a few university professors like Bruce Baker, Tom Whitby, and Jackie Gerstein.
I’m greatly appreciative of the work done by many of the institution-backed blogs. I learn lots from Edutopia, from Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post, and from the ProfHacker folks at The Chronicle of Higher Education. But I’m in complete awe of the individuals who somehow find a way to stand side-by-side with The New York Times, Scholastic, Education Week, Inside Higher Ed, the National Education Association, and the United States Department of Education.
Here’s to the individual bloggers. All of you. Some of you make the big list, most of you don’t. But every day you enrich us in ways previously unimaginable. Thank you for all that you do. Thank you for all that you share.
Keep on bloggin’…