Hi, it’s Miguel again.

Gee, this is fun. I feel like I’m writing on another teacher’s blackboard when they’re not looking. It’s creepy.

Anyways, thought I’d share that Dave Cormier (of Dave and Jeff EdTechTalk and WorldBridges fame (how do they have time for that?)) has graciously invited the Over the Pond folks–Wes Fryer, Darren Kuropatwa, Ewan McIntosh–to join them for an EdTechTalk some future Sunday. How exciting! If you have some suggestions for topics, please speak up and offer them!

Dave and Jeff recently had Will Richardson on with a fascinating conversation. Will shared that some of the big impediments include time and fear of disruptive technologies. Yet, at the end of the conversation, Will found himself offering few solutions. I could hear it in his voice, he was a bit disappointed about that…as are we all. It’s like, “Man, I have this awesome tool that can rock your world,” and there’s not only dis-interest, there’s active rejection. What formula can you share, O Wise Bloggers, that will help others transform their world?

It’s at that point that you realize that while you may be an expert in THIS thing, you’re not sure how to bring about the changes with everything else. How do you deal with that? What are the solutions?

To develop solutions, we really need to the doctors of education to speak up. I sense that they know the answers but don’t say anything…they’re wiser than that and it would embroil them in too many changes…not enough time, then, to publish or perish.

In my educational leadership studies, when I read about the diffusion of innovation research, concerns-based adoption model (CBAM), I’m struck by the fact that we ALREADY KNOW what needs to be done to get people to adopt innovations. But every situation is different, requires modifications on the fly. What we need is a course for change agents on how to bring about radical transformations in their work environments.


I like what Martin Luther said, and, of course, I’m going to take it out of context. He said, “Sin boldly….” I like to interpret this as, “Go ahead and screw up, ’cause God is bigger than that and can pull you out of the hole you dug yourself into.” Well, Life is bigger than your job. Go ahead, risk it and be willing to lose the job to do the right thing for the organization. 9 out of 10, it will work to your benefit. I know, I’ve suffered the 1 and the 9, and know.

When you decide to become a leader–and that’s what we’re all doing out here, by advocating for Read/Write Web tools in schools–you have to be willing to risk failure. There’s no faking putting yourself out there. You either do it…or you don’t. Like the story that goes, you can’t jump a 20 foot chasm in two 10 foot jumps….

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3 Responses to Over the Pond and….

  1. I’ve been thinking about blogging and assessment; and assessment and blogging. When we talk about blogging the question of assessment always comes up. When we talk about assessment (nowadays) I always start thinking aboiut blogging. So my nacent-as-yet-ill-formed-idea is:
    What role does (should?) assessment play in the context of educational blogging?
    What role does (should?) blogging play in the context of educational assessment?

    Just a thought.

    There’s still a bunch of good ideas on the wiki waiting their turn to see the light of day in a podcast. 😉

  2. dave cormier says:

    How does next Sunday, June 11th sound?

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    That works great for me Dave, let me check with everyone and I’ll get back to you soon this week!

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