Alan has been wondering if Weblogs “will fly with the speed and grace of a lead balloon.” Seems the adoption rate of Weblogs by teachers in his network of schools is slow, to be kind, and it’s got him a wonderin’.
“It just takes time or a miracle or some combination for things to take off. And in my position, where I am deeply immersed in this stuff almost 24-7, it is easy to forget that others are just peering over the precipice of new technology, and holding on to the safety rail of powerpoint, WebCT/Blackboard, etc.”
Alan thinks that those of us who can keep up the blogging pace have obsessive compulsive issues, and he might be right. Certainly there are other things in my life (my house and yard, for instance) that could use a bit of my attention. I’ve said before that my least favorite question goes something like “Golly, how much time do you spend on this stuff?” I seldom answer…truthfully, at least. And like Alan, there are plenty of times when I just can’t understand why other people don’t embrace these tools (toys) as fervently (manically) as I have. I mean, what’s not to like?
But even those that were among the trailblazers like Joe and Pam and Pat have either fallen silent or taken different directions in their writing. Why? Why? They may still be using Weblogs in their schools, but their voices are pretty much silent. It’s too bad, because I learned much from them.
I dunno. Those who get subjected to my blogvangelizing seem to be interested and willing and enthusiastic even. But it seems a very few actually take the plunge and start to play. Not even blog, per se, but use the tools. And like Alan, I too “fervently believe in the power of potential of weblogs, for students, teachers, and people in general, as a powerful, expressive platform.” But most people don’t…they haven’t drunk from the blog Kool Aid. And they’re settled in their practice, and they just don’t have a lot of time that they are willing to commit. And that right there probably is the biggest thing. For whatever reason, and there are many, I choose to make time for this. I find it challenging and fun and fresh and, hopefully, important.
If not, I hope the meds work…
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