A good buddy of mine
is a prodigous podcaster
. He's also very involved in this network
. He's also one of my favorite mentors in the W2.0 world. He's shared all sorts of ideas and fueled fires for not only my my thinking, but also for my students. Recently, he's asked me to begin a podcast. I've got a podcast going for my students to show their stuff, but he wants me to begin my own thoughts and ideas.
So I've been wondering a lot of things lately, but this is most pressing: why does a person blog or podcast? I've received a lot of information about why various people do this, from "this is how I learn about myself" to "I think that this is an efficient way to get my message out," to "it's a great way to continue my career advancements." (more than one cited the last reason).
I've noticed that some people blog and some podcast. Some do both. I wonder, if speaking out loud to space where you may or may not have someone dropping by is the same as lecturing in front of a classroom? I know that some who only blog and/or lecture at conferences tend to talk about the collaborative nature of this world and how our schools should do the same. But they're not living it. Why not?
I've been blogging on/off here
for a bit now and really like the social network blogging. I get regular feedback. I don't have to keep an audience, nor do I have to "drum one up." The audience is here and if I step out for fresh air for a week or two, the audience continues their discussions without me. It's like a great party where you can excuse yourself for a few moments and then come back w/o missing too much of a beat. Whereas the lecture format of blogging/podcasting on an individually-hosted site is similar to a lecturer professor who steps out of the classroom to get some air and when he comes back in a much shorter
amount of time, his class is gone.
Basically my point is if we're supposed to be fostering collaborative work with students and schools, shouldn't our innovation leaders be role modeling?
I challenge you to notice the lectures and "1970-style" workshop/break out session environments in your next conference for innovation in education. Note how the speaker interacts with the audience. Come back and tell me if I was right or wrong.
If you want to hear more, listen to my GingerSnapz! podcast
on this very topic! (yep, an individually hosted podcast!)