My first post to this blog is dated March 11, 2004. So this post marks the fifth birthday of my blog! Happy Birthday Open Thinking!!!
This space has helped me to enjoy some of the greatest learning experiences of my career. It has connected me to many brilliant thinkers. It has enabled me to write and evaluate ideas in the open. It has become a storehouse for my thoughts, and an important component of my digital identity.
Had anyone told me how important to me this would be five years later, I would have never believed it.
Please join me in wishing Open Thinking a happy fifth birthday!
I have been awarded 2nd place in the educational category of the Canadian Blog Awards. I’m taking that designation with a grain of salt as there are many excellent Canadian educational blogs that weren’t even mentioned in the process. Thus, I’d like to start a list of active, longer-term, Canadian educational blogs. Here are the ones I know from memory, listed in no particular order. I will likely start a wikied list in the near future.
I forgot about this, but I have been nominated for a Canadian Blog Award in the Education category. I am very flattered to be in such amazing company (and not sure I belong). There are MANY other excellent Canadian blogs that should be in this list.
Aseem Badshah has put together a list of the top 100 (or so) educational blogs. All blogs have at least a 50 or higher Technorati rating. Of course, with any list like this, there are always excellent blogs missed. Aseem describes himself as “a 19 year old student working to bring technology to schools.”
Here’s my favorite piece, on that supports the decentralized argument. The author is talking about moving from a decentralized form of blogging (people have their own blogs) vs. a group blog format.
I have come to the conclusion that what was so good about the original disorganized format of the University Without Condition conversations was precisely that it was so decentralized. This feature allowed it to escape one of the major pitfalls of conversations based in blog comments â€” the inherently hierarchical nature of the format. In blog comments, someone has written out a thoughtful post in what they will often regard as their own personal space. They have an established community of commenters who are, for the most part, sympathetic to the authorâ€™s point of view. Thus, when someone comes along and starts criticizing the original post, there is naturally a temptation toward â€œcircling the wagons.â€ Additionally, comment forms are generally cumbersome and difficult to use for in-depth conversation â€” with the paradoxical result that one will either dash off a quick comment that by definition cannot match the rigor of the original post, or else an overly long comment that people will experience as an imposition. Having various people responding on their own personal blogs rather than in comments gets around all these problems â€” the conversation is decentered, not localized to anyoneâ€™s â€œturf,â€ and people are more likely to write lengthier, more thoughtful responses if they are producing it for the sake of their own blog instead of writing something that will be hidden away in some obscure corner of someone elseâ€™s comment sections.
There’s some great insight, capturing a bit what I’ve learned being involved in an academic blog.