Some of my best writing is in response to other people’s blogs. I must get in the habit of turning my comments on other people’s blogs into articles of my own. Here is an attempt at doing so…
A recent Will Richardson blog hipped me to a teacher named Dan Meyer who videoblogs.
Does this guy have a crew? I can’t find the time or bandwidth to point a tripod at my keynotes. If I do, I can’t find the time to edit the video and put it online. People ask me if every one of my sessions will be uStreamed. I use my computer for presentations and unless I want to publish a surveillance video, I can’t control the camera while I’m presenting either.
Keeping my content current, amusing and maintaining a sense of narrative is difficult enough. I’m not Al Franken reporting for Weekend Update from his One Man Mobile Uplink.
I marvel at the output of people like Meyer, but am not sure that I find the content particularly compelling. Questions such as the following pop into mind:
• Who is HIS audience?
• Why should we care about his day?
• Is the content interesting or the production values enviable? etc…
I’m grappling with another problem that may be related, but is causing me mental paralysis. I have too much I want to say, write and blog. This leaves me obsessing about what to do first and I don’t get around to doing any of it.
I also face the questions of:
• Who is MY audience?
• Why should people care what I think?
• Shouldn’t I spend my time writing my book or magazine articles?
Isn’t writing a book a lousy return on investment?
• Why won’t magazine editors leave my jokes and personal “voice” in my articles?
• Will I be “the mean guy” because I don’t follow the herd?
• Why don’t people understand that just because I debunk the shoulder-deep BS in edtech that I am an unapologetic advocate for its (largely unrealized) potential and that I get up every day to make the world a better place for kids?
Veteran educator Gary Stager, Ph.D. is the author of Twenty Things to Do with a Computer – Forward 50, co-author of Invent To Learn — Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, publisher at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, and the founder of the Constructing Modern Knowledge summer institute. He led professional development in the world’s first 1:1 laptop schools thirty years ago and designed one of the oldest online graduate school programs. Gary is also the curator of The Seymour Papert archives at DailyPapert.com. Learn more about Gary here.