Here is an oversimplified scan of the ed tech blogoshere in the last month:
1. The blogger has “seen the light”, has truth on his side, (the truth = transforming education with technology is the solution for many educational ills); but the blogger is frustrated because…
a) the administration
b) the teachers
c) the community
1. Don’t “Get It” 2. “Get It”; but are afraid to change 3. “Get It” and don’t care.
2. The blogger believes that technology is the solution for many educational ills; but is frustrated because… a) she doesn’t have access to the equipment she needs b) is restricted in her use of Web 2.0 tools, c) feels that PD is lacking d) feels that concerns about the safety of kids are overblown.
3. The blogger is frustrated because he feels that NCLB is restricting his ability to be creative and use technology in ways that he would like.
4. The blogger is excited about a hot new tech item that you should know about.
5. The blogger feels we need radical change; but also feels: a) it is probably not possible given the nature of the system b) it may be possible if we “tear it down and start from scratch” c) we need to work with those that are interested to make incremental change where we can, even if that means one teacher at a time.
6. The blogger is frustrated because he feels that the traditional approach to teaching and learning is an outdated approach left over from the industrial revolution and is not suited to the information age.
7. The blogger speculates about why teachers/administrators don’t embrace technology.
8. The blogger complains about whoever is running the networks in her school and whoever it is that creates policies which restrict what teachers and students can do with technology.
9. The blogger has totally abandoned ed tech philosophizing and showcases practical ideas and examples of how to use technology in classrooms.
10. The blogger has been to a conference or PD and reports out to us what happened there.
11. The blogger is so busy that he is cutting back on a) the number of RSS feeds he reads b) the number of posts he writes c) blogging altogether
What other conversational patterns are out there that I have missed?
Additions by commenters:
12. The blogger thinks that other bloggers are whiney and predictable. (Stephen Downes)
13. Theres also the blogger that builds a list of things on other blogs. (Bruce)
14. The blogger that is just basically journaling their experiences in the classroom – what they tried, what worked, what didn’t, what’s next. (Bruce)