connect...”-Edward M. Forster
In his blog today, Will Richardson admitted that he rarely reads his aggregator any more, is considering giving up blogging in favor of Skyping, and wonders at the new direction personal PD seems to be taking.
All of this bothered me on several levels:
- my Reader feeds are my first, best, venue for PD, alerting me to new technologies and best practices in the classroom
- blogging helps me to focus my thoughts, explore new concepts, and creatively express myself
- by reading and commenting on other blogs, I form connections and interact with colleagues around the world
- recognized educational leaders and authors are accessible via blogs
- Skype and Twitter are not well suited to my own learning style, which tends to be more reflective than reactive
Those of us on the fringe, newcomers to 2.0 and beyond, appreciate the chance to interact with key players in educational technology and the new literacies. Post once a week or once a month, if you must. But please don't leave us behind.
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as courses, and they come back to us as effects."- Herman Melville
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