Who makes up the edublogosphere? - Part 1

Are edubloggers mostly white and middle class? What proportion of edubloggers have advanced degrees in instructional technology?


Brian Grenier wants to find out the answers to these and other questions. If you're an education blogger, please

  1. complete his quick survey (if you're really bold, put your blog URL in the comments area!), and
  • spread the word via your own blog so that others will complete the survey too.
  • Let's help Brian get a decent set of data. These questions would have been great to include on my Education Blogosphere Survey in January!

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    Musican. Actor. Fashion Icon. Internet Visionary?

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    • David Bowie was well known as a rock star, but somehow his other interests and accomplishments remain obscure.
    • In this 1999 interview, he explains why he knows the internet is more than just a tool and why it was destined to change the world.
    • He launched his own internet service provider in 1998, BowieNet. It ceased operations in 2006.
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    Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

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    Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

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    Good science is sometimes trumped by the craving for a "big splash."

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    • Scientists strive to earn credit from their peers, for grants from federal agencies, and so a lot of the decisions that they make are strategic in nature. They're encouraged to publish exciting new findings that demonstrate some new phenomenon that we have never seen before.
    • This professional pressure can affect their decision-making — to get acclaim they may actually make science worse. That is, a scientist might commit fraud if he thinks he can get away with it or a scientist might rush a result out of the door even though it hasn't been completely verified in order to beat the competition.
    • On top of the acclaim of their peers, scientists — with the increasing popularity of science journalism — are starting to be rewarded for doing things that the public is interested in. The good side of this is that the research is more likely to have a public impact, rather than be esoteric. The bad side? To make a "big splash" a scientist may push a study or article that doesn't exemplify good science.