Maybe that’s not a good enough answer, though.
But I think how astonished, how bewildered, and how bewondered (and confused) I was at NECC 2009 last summer. What an eye opener. CMK 2009 was the same way, though I blogged less there. It was like drinking from a firehose.
I’ve been blogging for a long time, but not specifically about education — it’s going to take months (if not years) to go through my earliest entries and re-categorize them from something other than “general/early” so that people can find their way through this blog to the stuff they want to find.
But I think how vast this conversation is becoming. I have close to 2000 entries, all told. Plus I have a Twitter feed with a similar number of short entries. Shelly Blake-Plock must be at a similar number, if not more — he’s way more active than I am. David Warlick and Will Richardson are giants in this field, but there’s also Cool Cat Teacher and Karl Fisch and Ira Socol and … and…
It’s getting to the point where you can’t think about getting into this business without having a blog. Or at least, you shouldn’t think about being in this business without reading a blog or two (or 3… 4… 5… 6…) as part of your regular professional development process.
A hundred years ago, this conversation couldn’t even have taken place. Radio couldn’t have done it 70 years ago. It couldn’t have flourished even by telephone fifty years ago. It couldn’t have happened by TV 30 years ago. Or even by e-mail 20 years ago.
And yet there’s an emerging culture that believes teachers should be connected — that they should communicate beyond brick-and-mortar buildings, across disciplines, across state lines, across grade levels. How cool is that?
Of course it’s right.