One Year

It’s been 13 months since I published my first blog post. I have learned a lot about blogging since that first post. By all measures, for a beginner, I had a successful year. I want to thank the wonderful community of educators who have been supporter of Ed Tech Journeys. These folks have been generous with their support and comments and many have taken threads from Ed Tech Journeys and developed them even more fully within their own blogs.

Tom Haskins writer of “Changing, Growing, Learning” takes a very cerebral approach to educational technology, learning, and leadership while always maintaining a focus on the individual and his/her accountability for systemic change. I thank Tom for being such a great thinker and commenter…

Miguel Guhlin author of “Around the Corner” has been extremely generous with his comments, with extending conversations on his blog, and by inviting me into the spotlight that he has created by being such a prolific blogger. When Miguel lets himself go, he is poetic, brutally self-honest, and inspirational. I thank Miguel for his digital friendship.

Scott Mcleod, author of “Dangerously Irrelevant”, is an up and coming star in the ed tech world. Early on, Scott spotlighted me in a series of “New Voices” to read. Scott also started the Leadertalk blog that is a nominee for Best Group Blog this year. Scott has an even handed approach to Ed Tech Leadership and will continue to provide a strong voice for change. I thank Scott for his support.

Gary Stager author of “The Pulse” is simply one of the most original thinkers we have in Ed Tech today. Gary will challenge popular trends if they need challenging. He provokes my thinking and is the prototype of a curious, lifelong learner. I thank Gary for consistently giving us different perspectives on the educational issues of our day.

Tracy Rosen is the author of “Leading From the Heart”. As the title of her blog indicates, Tracy has taken the abstract discourse of educational leadership and personalized it. Her comments are always delivered from the heart and are extremely perceptive. I thank Tracy for her openess and self honesty.

Angie Bicknell is the author of “Human Voices Awake Us “. I thank Angie for her willingness to engage in extended comment and response cycles. Most people use commens in a “hit and run” fashion. They comment and disappear, especially if the conversation gets too deep. Not Angie.

Jody Hayes of New Zealand and author of “Voyagers” has been a timely commenter. I offer thanks to Jody for coming through with a supportive comment at the exact moments that I’ve needed them. She has a special sense of timing. She is a wonderful practitioner of educational technology in her own classroom.

Jim Coe, co-author of “Bionic Teaching” one the most useful sites in the blogoshpere. Jim is an English teacher in the Henrico Public Schools and a super creative user of technology. I thank Jim for his support of Ed Tech Journeys and his penchant for sharing his ideas and walking his talk.

Tom Woodward co-authors “Bionic Teaching” with Jim Coe. Tom first caught my eye with his great sense of humor. See “Honor the Chickadee”. I am thankful to have met both Tom and Jim at one of our Technology Leadership Institute events. They both drove up from Virginia to New York in bad weather last spring. Tom has creativity, enthusiasm, and a fearless approach to technology and is the heart and soul of the generation that is going to change our schools for the better.

Doug Johnson is author of the “Blue Skunk” blog. Doug is the master of mid-western understatement. He is an experienced educator, library-media specialist, technologist. Doug offers a mature, self-honest, and slightly skeptical sensibility. I thank Doug for his humanity, decency, and his common sense approach to technology change.

Sylvia Martinez is a contributing author to the “GenYes” blog and is committed to creating a public school system that empowers students. Sylvia is one of the most interesting and talented people in educational technology today. She is bright, snarky, self-deprecating, and devoted to students and to the mission of GenYes. I thank Sylvia for her friendship, her dedication, and for advocating for students to be active participants in the transformation of education.

Harold Jarche is an independent consultant and frequent commenter on the Journeys blog. Harold offers us a lot on his blog “jarche.com”. I thank Harold for his support, his intellect, and as he says in his biography “for taking the road less travelled”.

Lou Cuglietto isn’t a blogger. He isn’t an educational technologist. He is a the best example of an educational leader I know. He is the Principal of an elementary school in an urban school district with a majority of non-English speakers. Lou has turned the school into one of the best around. He uses technology to make a huge impact. He holds himself and his staff to high standards and is devoted to his role, his kids, and his teachers; and they all love him. I want to thank Lou for giving us hope for what is possible. He IS the principal we all would kill to have running our schools.

Heidi Gable is the author of “I Was Thinking”. Heidi is a heart driven educator who is open to give and take commenting. I thank Heidi for her openess, her heart, and her passion for children and their education.

Thea Westra from Australia – is a life coach and blogger “Foward Steps” who comes from a teaching background and is a supporter of Journeys. I thank Thea for the work she does to bring balance and harmony into the world.

Dan Lake is a long time friend and a tremendous educator. In the early months of Journeys, Dan was a frequent commenter. I thank Dan for a career based on curiosity, research, and dedication to teachers and kids. Dan has never been motivated by ambition to move to the next big job. He has put himself in the “trenches” because that is where he believes he can make the biggest difference for us. I cannot thank him enough for that. Here is one of the comments he left on the Journeys blog:

“Peter, I have a story that has “compelled” me for 20+ years…In the first days of “chatting”, in the old CompuSever EdForum, I had the pleasure of seeking online assistance from a lady named Georgia Griffith. It was only later, after reading an article in TIME Magazine, that I learned the true power of technology:

Georgia, who was helping me, was blind and deaf and I didn’t know……. and it didn’t matter- at least to my head. But in my heart.. I felt something different was coming to us all.”

Josie Fraser is one of the prime movers behind the EduBlog Awards. I don’t know how I got nominated for the Best Newcomer Award; but receiving the award was a huge boost to the daily readership of Journeys and to my confidence as a writer. I thank Josie for celebrating the work of others.

When I speak to groups I like to remind them that we are in the first 30 years of the silicon technology revolution. How many people have ever been alive at the beginning of something so important? We are blazing brand new paths for technology use in schools. No one has come before us to pass on a “how to do it manual”. So, I thank the pioneers, the educators trying to figure this out, and always seeking to make a difference for our children.

I am extremely grateful for the small community that has found its way to Ed Tech Journeys.

I hope I don’t need to apologize for my continual amazement at the fact that the RRW has allowed me to connect to so many fascinating and talented people. My wish for the New Year is that we all find ways to use our gifts, to open our hearts even more, and to get on (or stay on) the path of learning…to continue the Journey.

pete

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11 Responses to One Year

  1. Pete, as much as I’m honored to be included in your short list, I’m thrilled you’re writing EdTech Journeys.

    As I shared over at Dangerously Irrelevant, I feel a widening gap between blogging (authentic writing about the self’s interaction with the world and others) and edublogs. It’s a feeling, one that needs to be re-examined. The definition of frustration is trying to solve the same problem over and over again…I often perceive edubloggers frustrated in a myriad of creative ways (myself included in the frustration aspect).

    Thanks again for the new blogs to read (I didn’t know about 3 of them). I’ll drop them into my EdLeadership RSS…funny image came to mind…”Drop them into the RSS Juicer.”

    haha

    Take care and thanks again,
    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the Corner-MGuhlin.net

    http://mguhlin.net

  2. Doug Johnson says:

    Pete,

    I am honored and humbled to be placed in this list.

    Personally, I go to Ed Tech Journeys to help get my values on straight and remind me what education is all about. Yours is one of the blogs with genuine heart and I look forward many more years of reading it.

    Happy New Year!

    Doug

  3. dogtrax says:

    Thanks for these links and the introduction to the people behind the sites, Pete.
    I found you via Scott’s blog, and now I have another route of blogs to discover.
    Kevin

    http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/

  4. I can’t believe you have put me on your list… I think I’ve mentioned before…. YOU INSPIRE ME – YOU SPEAK STRAIGHT TO MY HEART. I can only thank you again for your words of wisdom that come to my bloglines inbox, keeping me focussed, hopeful and filling me up with positive thoughts when I need them most.
    I look forward to continued reading. I wish you peace and blessings.

  5. Wow – thanks for the mention, Pete! It’s cool to be in the company of everyone you mentioned. Together, we can all make a difference in the lives of children – the only thing that matters in this world.

  6. Tracy Rosen says:

    Pete – this is a beautiful post. I love to learn about how people are inspired to do what they do. I’m thankful to be a part of this :)

    Not only that, but reading this is helping to kick start me back into my own professional (and personal – how can we really separate the two when we love what we do?) reflection.

    I think I’ll be updating my blog today,
    Tracy

  7. Pete Reilly says:

    All,
    Thanks for hanging out with me (and each other) this year.
    pete

  8. Thanks so much for including me in your list!

    You and your blogs have been so supportive and inspirational to me on my own journey. The example you set has often shown me another way of thinking or doing.

    To clarify, though, I’m not an educator. I’m passionate about kids, in particular parenting and teaching – as these impact our children and their development.

    I’ve been leading and managing large IT infrastructure projects for school districts here in BC for the last four years, so have become passionately involved in learning how technology is used in classrooms, what changes it can make in student learning and what teachers need in order to enable them to do their magic!

    That’s what brought me to your blog originally – after hearing you speak at the CoSN conference last year.

    Being a part of this conversation has been incredible! I hope you won’t hold being a computer geek against me! :-)
    Heidi

  9. pete says:

    Heidi,
    I spent a lot of time helping schools (more than 40 districts nationwide) make the transition from small labs to building and district wide infrastructure in the early ’90’s. I am still interested in this aspect of ed tech.

    Right now, in this arena, I am interested in following the evolution of WiMax and server-based computing because I think they are important for bringing school resources to the home.

    So…we can both wave our “geek” flags high.

    pete

  10. Tracy Rosen says:

    Long live Geekdom! ;)

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