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DABA: Scott Meech

It’s time to name the next recipient of the crimson megaphone! This week I pick Scott Meech’s blog, Technology in Education isn’t the Future… It is the Present!, as one that I think deserves a bigger audience (DABA).

Here are a few posts (SMosts, Scott?) to get you started:

Scott’s also a great commenter on others’ blogs and is very active in the Texas educational technology scene. Happy reading!

DABA: Greg Farr

Greg Farr makes me laugh ‘til my sides hurt. That’s probably the best endorsement I can give this Texas principal blogger. Greg also blogs for LeaderTalk (and I encourage you to check out his posts there too). However, he reserves the best part of his comic brilliance for his own blog. I think Greg deserves a bigger audience (DABA) and thus award him the crimson megaphone:

Greg mixes in the personal with the professional and is always thought-provoking and/or entertaining (for example, he has no qualms about posting a picture of his father wearing a rice sack). Here are a few posts to get you started:

[Sorry, Greg. I outed you. Hope I don’t drive you under cover again.]

Happy reading!

DABA: Kilian Betlach

As I mentioned last week, each Friday I’m going to try to highlight a blog that I think deserves a bigger audience (DABA). The first recipient in 2008 of the crimson megaphone is… (drum roll, please)

Blogging under the nom de plume of TMAO, Kilian Betlach is probably my favorite education blogger. It’s downright criminal that he doesn’t have more readers. Here’s the tag line at the top of his blog:

We must reject the ideology of the "achievement gap" that absolves adults of their responsibility and implies student culpability in continued under-performance. The student achievement gap is merely the effect of a much larger and more debilitating chasm: The Educator Achievement Gap. We must erase the distance between the type of teachers we are, and the type of teachers they need us to be.

Here are a few posts to get you started:

I’m not quite sure what needs to be done to boost Kilian’s readership. Kilian’s writing already has been recognized by Jay Matthews at The Washington Post and he finished fourth in the Best Teacher Blog category of this year’s Edublog Awards. I agree with Dan Meyer that Teaching in the 408 is ‘without question the best classroom blog on the Internet’ and that Kilian ‘deserves every page view.’ If you only add one new blog to your reading list this year, this should be it.

Happy reading!

P.S. Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach had a nice roundup of some new, provocative teacher blogs. Thanks for sharing with us, Sheryl!

DABA: Blogs that deserve a bigger audience

Earlier this year I profiled some ‘new voices‘ in the edublogosphere that I thought deserved more attention.

I am going to try and revive (and rebrand) that idea in 2008. In the coming year, I will attempt each Friday to highlight a blog that I believe deserves a bigger audience (DABA). I will be picking blogs that:

  • have new content fairly frequently (i.e., at least a few times a month);
  • have a Technorati authority of less than 100 (I’ll probably make exceptions to this now and then); and
  • I think are interesting, provocative, relevant, and/or important to K-12 educators.

Most of my picks will be education blogs, although I also will throw in other blogs now and then.

In order to make these blogs as accessible and visible as possible, I have created a Google Notebook page that will list all DABA blogs to date (I’ve included my previous ‘new voices’ blogs too):

I also have created a feed that will allow you to read and/or subscribe to all of the DABA blogs in one place:

Here’s the code if you want to add the DABA blogs as a clip on your web site or a blogroll:

And, finally, I have created a graphic for anyone who wants to post my recognition of their blog (again, this includes my previous ‘new voices’ blogs):

Like the Weblog Awards, Edublog Awards, and Bloggies, the goal of the DABA initiative is to help publicize some great blogs that have the potential to make bigger contributions (in this case, to K-12 education). Some might call these blogs the ‘Z list‘ or the ‘F list.‘ Whatever you call them, they deserve to be more visible.

Contact me if you know of a blog that might be a good candidate for the DABA list. As always, any other suggestions you have for me are welcome as well. I’ll begin next Friday!

Notes

Hopefully this blog post also is a good model of how educators can take a group of blogs and make them accessible in different ways by using Google Notebook, Google Reader, and/or Feedburner.

New voices – Pete Reilly

Miguel challenged us to find new voices. Over the past week and a half I have been profiling new bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing. Today I conclude this series with a powerful new voice in the education blogosphere.

Today’s new voice: Pete Reilly, Ed Tech Journeys

Pete is the director of the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) in Elmsford, New York. Pete’s not exactly a new voice in K-12 educational technology. He’s been writing for years in print publications and is one of the writers for District Administration’s blog, The Pulse. However, Pete only started his own blog last November. I’m glad he did. There’s a reason Ed Tech Journeys was named the best newcomer blog for the 2006 EduBlog Awards. If you’re not reading Pete, you should be. Here are a few posts to get you started:

Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias, Jim Forde, Brian Saxton, Chris Hitch, Scott Schwister, Rick Scheibner, Dave Sherman

Happy reading!

New voices – Dave Sherman

Miguel challenged us to find new voices. Between now and February 17 I am profiling eight nine bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing.

Today’s new voice: Dave Sherman, Mr. Sherman’s Blog

Dave is the principal of South Park Elementary School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has past experience as a principal of another school and an assistant principal. He also has taught elementary and middle grades. Dave is a wonderful example of a busy principal who somehow still finds the time to be reflective about his administrative practice and its intersections with larger educational issues. Here are a few posts to get you started:

Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias, Jim Forde, Brian Saxton, Chris Hitch, Scott Schwister, Rick Scheibner

Happy reading!

P.S. Kelly just profiled another new voice. Awesome!

New voices – Rick Scheibner

Miguel challenged us to find new voices.
Between now and February 17 I am profiling eight nine bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing.

Today’s new voice: Rick Scheibner, RickScheibner.net

Rick is a counselor in the Hermiston School District in Oregon. He’s also working on his school administrator license at Lewis & Clark. Rick is using his blog to reflect on the topics they’re covering in his coursework and I like reading his perspectives as someone who’s new to the world of school administration. Here are
a few posts to get you started:

Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias, Jim Forde, Brian Saxton, Chris Hitch, Scott Schwister

Happy reading!

P.S. Dean is profiling some new voices too. Excellent!

New voices – Scott Schwister

Miguel challenged us to find new voices.
Between now and February 17 I am profiling eight nine bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing.

Today’s new voice: Scott Schwister, Higher Edison

Scott is the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Continuing Studies section at Hamline
University
. His blogging is pretty deep and always makes me think hard: definitely a blog that extends my own thinking and learning quite a bit. Here are a few posts to get you started:

Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias, Jim Forde, Brian Saxton, Chris Hitch

Happy reading!

New voices – Chris Hitch

Miguel
challenged us to find new voices
. Between now and February 17 I am profiling
eight nine bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing. Most represent a leadership perspective and are relatively unknown.
All are thinking in deep and interesting ways and thus deserve to be
brought closer to the surface of the blogosphere.

Today’s new voice: Chris Hitch, The Executive’s Edge

Chris is director of the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, which is housed in the University of North Carolina’s Center for School Leadership Development. Chris also is affiliated with the North Carolina Principals’ Executive Program. Chris has a wide and varied background, including stints as a principal, human resources director, and corporate product manager. Chris’ posts tend to be short but interesting. His self-stated intent is to ‘communicate and share leadership and management nuggets from various perspectives.‘ He does this extremely well.

Here are a few posts to get you
started:

Previous new voices: Kelly
Christopherson
, Scott
Elias
, Jim
Forde
, Brian Saxton

Happy reading!

New voices – Brian Saxton

Miguel
challenged us to find new voices
. Between now and February 17 I am profiling
eight nine bloggers that I’ve found informative and intriguing. Most represent a leadership perspective and are relatively unknown.
All are thinking in deep and interesting ways and thus deserve to be
brought closer to the surface of the blogosphere.

Today’s new voice: Brian Saxton, Snacks and Staff Meetings

Brian is the assistant principal at Aptos Junior High School in Aptos,
California. Brian was a physical education teacher before he was an administrator.
One of the things I like about Brian’s blog is that he writes about the
day-to-day realities of being a school leader. He hasn’t been blogging long, so there’s not much in his archives yet, but he’s off to a good beginning.

Here are a few posts to get you
started:

Previous new voices: Kelly
Christopherson
, Scott
Elias
, Jim
Forde

Happy reading!

P.S. Kelly is profiling some new voices too. Fun!

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