How do I blog thee? Let me count the ways...
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Guhlinhave both 'tagged' me to discuss how I blog, think about blogging,
create my blog posts, etc. I'm usually happy to play along, so here goes...
- Like everyone else, I blog on stuff that crosses my radar screen. My ideas
might come from electronic sources such as blogs, web sites, podcasts, etc. or
they might come from more traditional print resources. I probably
tap into some literature sources that most other edubloggers don't. For example,
I not only live in the educational blogosphere but I also live in the world of
educational leadership academia, research, and practice. Accordingly, I'm
reading educational administrator practitioner magazines and research journals, attending conferences,
listening to academic presentations, staying in touch with all of the major
educational leadership and educational research associations, and so on. Good
print and/or local resources can be excellent idea generators for blog posts and
go beyond the same education blogs that we all read.
some value to it rather than just post about it. My recent modifications of Karl
Fisch's Did You Know? videoand Christian
Long's Future of Learning manifestoare examples of this. So is the aggregation
of various quotes from the blogospherethat I did last September. When I'm
'adding value' to something it's because I need it in a different format for my
own teaching or presentation purposes, not because the original is
rather than just being reactive. For example, my two series last fall on blogging
for administratorsand gaming,
cognition, and educationwere both planned well in advance of the actual
blog posts occurring. I like to identify areas of need for administrators and
other educators and then try to create resources that I think will help them. I
am a strong believer that we
need to be creating resources for educators to help them in their jobs, not
So there it is: nothing earth-shattering. I think the key is to write
passionately about stuff that interests you. If it fires you up, it will fire
others up too and they will find you and stay with you. Remember that you don't
always need to come up with 'original content.' Adding a new perspective to
others' contentor making interesting connections across others' content also
works quite well. Don't forget to use all of the tools at your disposal to
others' posts, creative post titles, trackbacks, blogrolls, begging, etc. It all helps.
P.S. Be sure to visit the two links to Higher Edison in the last paragraph above. Good, thought-provoking stuff...
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- There's more than one way to make a black hole, says NASA's Michelle Thaller. They're not always formed from dead stars. For example, there are teeny tiny black holes all around us, the result of high-energy cosmic rays slamming into our atmosphere with enough force to cram matter together so densely that no light can escape.
- CERN is trying to create artificial black holes right now, but don't worry, it's not dangerous. Scientists there are attempting to smash two particles together with such intensity that it creates a black hole that would live for just a millionth of a second.
- Thaller uses a brilliant analogy involving a rubber sheet, a marble, and an elephant to explain why different black holes have varying densities. Watch and learn!
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
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