Friday, November 26, 2010

Gotta (re)Start Somewhere!

I've done this before elsewhere, but it's time to start again. I just need a portal. Most of my blogging occurs on, but, I am learning that I need a public place too. So consider this a landing page where I can index what's happening elsewhere - a hub.

I've been mulling this over for weeks now. Really, do librarians need another blog to follow? I sure don't! I struggle to process what I am already trying to ingest. There are some amazing bloggers out there! Check'em out over there on the right. If you follow the right ones, you don't need me. I sound like Dave Eggers now, don't I?

But here's the thing. There are a bunch of things happening in education that are very cool. Then there are a bunch of things that kind of bug me. Let's just start with three of each:

Way cool stuff:

1. There are amazing interactive online learning tools available.

2. There are countless ways to converse about what we are learning.

3. Learning is participatory. The more you participate, the more you learn

What's bugging me:

1. Blocked access to amazing interactive online learning tools.

2. Blocked access to portals for conversations about learning

3. I'd say "passive learning", but the problem is more teacher-driven than that implies. It's pedagogical.

So why today as opposed to November 11th when I begged a former beer distributor to relinquish the TEAM21 blog name and assign it to me? Because I have extra time on my hands? Because I am procrastinating? Possibly. Because I am really, really intrigued by what librarians are talking about? Ahah! That's it. Today, it was eBooks and eReaders, but last week, it was Wikipedia. And, of course, there is always censorship.

Today also marked the first day of a two week self-imposed challenge. I will post 5 original (not re-Tweets), library-related Tweets per day for the next 10 school days. I know, I know. This is nothing by most libloggian standards, but it's a big deal to me.



1 comment:

  1. I thought the same thing as you when I started my blog, but then I realized the primary audience for my blog was myself. A blog is a great way to make meaning of what is important to you first and foremost and then it becomes a fantastic and efficient way to share ideas with others. It's much easier to send someone a link to a post then write it all over, right :-) Then, what happens if you stick with it, is you get a nice little following of people (many who may have their own blogs too), with whom you can have really efficient and deep conversations. For example, I just read your eBook post and it's quite insightful. Thanks for that and future contributions.