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Blogging 2010: Celebrating and Recognising Reciprocal Altruism

I was fascinated to read about this year's nominations for the Edublog Awards. There are thirty-one nominations for the Individual Edublog Award. Always Learning An A-Z of ELT Cool Cat Teacher Dangerously Irrelevant dy/dan Educational Origami Free Technology for Teacher Kevin’s Meandering Mind iLearn Technology Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom Jane’s eLearning Pick of the Day Kalinago English Kirsten Winkler Langwitches Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day Learning with ‘e’s Moving at the Speed of Creativity Never Ending Search Not So Distant Future Pair-a-Dimes for your Thoughts School Finance 101 Science Teacher SpeEdChange Speech-Language Pathology Sharing Spencer’s Scratchpad Teacher Reboot Camp The Innovative Educator The Principal’s Page Think Thank Thunk Weblogg-ed What Ed Said There are thirty-four nominations for the Best New Edublog Award. About A Teacher bcnpaul1′s...

Vicarious Learning and Reciprocal Altruism

I follow 257 people on Twitter and am moving towards 500 tweets. Whenever I access Twitter I find a treasure trove of links and discussions. Twitter has accelerated for me the connectedness that Stephen Downes offers in his work. My access to Twitter, Stephen's work and my aggregation of blog posts has transformed my reading, thinking and practice (CCK08 was my tipping point). Leigh Blackall's arrival as a work colleague has added to this momentum. It has led me to think how vicarious learning (ambient awareness) can promote reciprocal altruism. This post is a twenty-four hour snapshot of some of the...

Jamie Coles Guest Post 1: What Makes the Perfect Sport Performance Analyst?

Foreword I am delighted that the Clyde Street blog will host three guest posts written by Jamie Coles. I was introduced to Jamie during his undergraduate course at Cardiff Met. He is now a Masters student in performance analysis and is exploring practitioner effectiveness. I have followed Jamie's work with great interest. One of the aims of the guest posts is to share with you, and invite your participation in, a survey Jamie has compiled. Link. Jamie's first post in the series asks 'What Makes the Perfect Sport Performance Analyst?'. What Makes the Perfect Sport Performance Analyst? #PerformanceAnalystLearning #EducationToConsultation    #RelevanceToIntelligence Introduction What makes the perfect...

A road not taken

Introduction I posted my 1000th blog post on Clyde Street this month. Even after this number of posts (since June 2008), each time I write I think about the lines in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken. I keep coming back to the final verse: I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.   In the last three years I have become particularly interested in roads less traveled as physical and metaphorical journeys. In a physical sense, I have become acutely...

Sharing Openly

This week's ePortfolio Forum in Canberra has prompted me to think about sharing openly personal stories about learning. A post by Helen Blunden (shared with me by Darrell Cobner) encouraged me to think about What's the Point of Sharing, Really? Helen wrote about "one of the lowest weeks" she had at work: I left permanent work some years ago as I was tired of the constant corporate restructures which I find unproductive and mentally draining.  I figured that if I undertook fixed term contracts, I would not be involved in the internal politicking and the constant changes. Instead, I would be...

Sharing, Giving

I received a video alert from John Kessel this morning. He shared a YouTube link that a friend had shared with him. I thought I would embed the video here as it resonates powerfully with my thoughts about reciprocal altruism. http://youtu.be/7s22HX18wDY After watching the video, I saw by chance a different take on sharing and giving ... during a night out in Boston, Lincolnshire: http://youtu.be/mfxk4o1yfX8 Both videos prompted me to think about the alternatives to the kindness shared ... a young boy taken to a police station, a group of friends vandalising. I am hopeful that moments of kindness triumph most of the time. I hope...

c-ness

I have not written many posts in the past two months. I have been a peripheral participant in many conversations and have admired from afar the insights and wisdom being shared. This week a post from Stephen Downes was a catalyst for this post about c-ness. Stephen linked to Dan Pontefract's post The Organisation as a Cycling Peloton. Dan suggested "Maybe if we were to act like a peloton in our organizations, we might see higher levels of employee engagement". Dan liked the idea that a peloton (particularly in recreational cycling): shared the load; communicated proactively; encouraged and recognised effort. For some...

ProCurate

I wrote a post about voluntary and professional associations yesterday. In the post I quoted Steve Rosenbaum: Associations are a veritable content creation machine. These groups of thought leaders are blogging, tweeting, meeting, and plugging in to social media with innovation and enthusiasm that in many ways surpasses many of the media organizations. While media is suffering from audience erosion, as the web gives readers and viewers and ever widening array of choices — association membership remains strong and solid. Why? Because professionals need access to high quality information, professional networking, and professional development resources that a consortium of their fellow members...

Blogging About Blogging

I have been blogging for some time. This WordPress blog dates back to June 2008. I have Blogger, Tumblr and Posterous blog accounts too. This week a friend, Darrell Cobner, asked me to write about blogging. He is an accomplished blogger and I was delighted that he asked me. Darrell's request was for me to address: What is blogging? Why blog? What is the impact? What are the rules of engagement? I started drafting this blog post just after I had read John Kessel's delightful Celebrating Together post on the USA Volleyball blogs site. His opening paragraph addresses implicitly Darrell's questions: Just finished our annual meetings in Salt Lake...

InSPIRING

There will be an official opening of the InSPIRE Centre at the University of Canberra this week. I see the Centre as a physical tipping point in my own thinking about and practice in educational technology. I like the idea of being InSPIRED and hope to spend much of my nomadic time at the University in the Centre. The Hiperwall there is just one of the many tools for engagement and connection. The imminent opening of the Centre has encouraged me to think about the ethos that underpins connected and emerging communities. Thanks to a link from Stephen Downes to a MediaShift Idea Lab...