Top 50 Edublogs? - Follow-up
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.
Every time I make a list of the 'top' edublogs (as measured by Technorati ranking), it seems that I also end up writing a follow-up post. For example, I wrote Linked after my last list almost a year ago. Here are a few thoughts about the conversation that has ensued regarding this year's list...
Academics' brains are weird\n
As Sir Ken Robinson said, professors' bodies are basically transportation for our heads [which is probably why my brain's in a lot better shape than the rest of me].\n
I like to play with numbers and ideas. I don't know why so many people get upset about a simple list. For me it's about trying to wrap my head around the edublogosphere as a phenomenon. How does it work? If you want to spread an idea, what's the best way to do so? What valuable contributions can it make? And so on. No harm or self-aggrandizement intended. I'm just thinking in public.\n
Different strokes for different folks\n
For every person that thinks the list is interesting, another thinks it's 'one of the more inconsequential things [he] had seen in a long time.' That's cool. Given my previous point, I don't mind being 'libeled.' I understand what Dan Meyer meant and thought Darren Draper's comment 3 was accurate too. I did think Bill Fitzgerald's comment 4 was perhaps a little uncharitable but that's okay. Each of us finds value in different things.\n
Lots of people are more than willing to impute intent to others despite having never met them, spoken with them, or otherwise interacted with them other than maybe having read a few blog posts. This occurs across the blogosphere and, of course, in other expressive media as well. One of humanity's less-admirable traits...\n
Thesis + antithesis = synthesis\n
I really liked Ben Wildeboer's post on the recent disagreement between Dan Meyer and Darren Draper. Well said, Ben. Mindelei's got it right too. One of the most useful skills taught in law school is how to disagree without taking it personally.
Subject-matter teacher blogs\n
As Alfred Thompson said, we need or at least need to find/identify more subject-matter teacher blogs. Over time I'd like to collect more subject-matter blogs at the Moving Forward wiki so that we can show educators how other teachers in THEIR field are using blogs productively. Over the past few months I've put out calls for good elementary classroom blogs and good special education blogs. It's time to do another call...\n
Make your own list\n
As I said in my post, make your own list! Call it Blogs you should be reading or Blogs that will blow your mind or Great blogs no one knows about or whatever. One of the best things about making my list is the new blogs that I come across, either in the comments or from the links back to my blog. It's great to come across new, interesting voices. Send me your list. I'd love to see it and, if you so desire, also would be happy to publicize it!\n
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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