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Blogging Is Not The Answer

On a post over at TechLearning’s new multi-player blog, David Jakes has some very serious criticisms of blogging as an instructional tool, calling it “one big giant taffy pull”.

However, I’m quickly tiring of the notion that the blogosphere, in its current state, will be a serious venue for educational change on a systemic scale. The common denominator of the blogosphere is conversation, an important first step in solving many of the ills that affect education. But for the most part, that’s all it is-a first step.

Improving education requires that the conversation translate into action. Improving education requires taking the essence of the conversation as it applies to our school, implementing new (or modify existing) educational programs that have their origin in the conversation, evaluating them in the context of improving student achievement, and if it works, determining how to replicate it in that school district and in others.

In response to that, I can do nothing but agree. The “blogosphere” (I hate that term! :-) is certainly “too young, too immature” to be a “primary venue for large-scale educational change”.

However, anyone who attributes miracle powers for educational change to any single instructional tool – blogging included – is probably being paid to sell that tool anyway. This concept of personal publishing on the web is just one piece making up the collection of information literacy skills that should be at the core of any person’s well-rounded education.

And, of course, none of what we are now doing will stay static. With the constant churn of new web technologies, we will see many new, creative ways to link people together and make it easier to find and participate in relevant conversations.

The next one will probably arrive on Thursday.

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1 Comment

  1. Tim,

    I just read social computing and ubiquitous computing being described as being “at the Peak of Inflated Expectations.” See


    I think this ties in to what you’re saying…


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