More on Educator/Administrator Blogs

A reader of this blog from Nevada (this blog is really getting some traction, folks) pointed me to this July 2005 article in the American School Board Journal. I have added their site to my blogroll, as it is the official journal from the National School Boards Association. The article is about teachers and administrators blogging (see previous coverage of this issue here). An excerpt:

This is a story of potential — not of how K-12 administrators and school board members are flocking to blogging. They aren’t. School leaders tend not to be “early adopters” of new technology.

“With the incredible time pressures that face upper-level managers in education, it’s not always possible for them to take the time to stay abreast of these kinds of developments and see their potential,” says Kim Cavanaugh, technology administrator for the Palm Beach County, Fla., school district, who regularly explores Web design issues on his own blog.

And when an important goal of the technology in question is to pave the way for education leaders to easily reach out to their schools, constituents, and communities, another barrier often becomes evident.

“The key question is whether schools want to speak to constituents, or speak with them using this technology,” says Will Richardson, a self-described “blogvangelist” who maintains, a site dedicated to discussions about the use of Web-related technologies in K-12 education.

One strength of blogs “is the ability to carry on asynchronous conversations,” says Richardson, who is supervisor of instructional technology and communications at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J. Richardson believes that “mostly good” can result from these discussion forums but recognizes that the concept “scares a lot of superintendents and administrators.”

I’m amazed people don’t get it,” Jeff Weiner, senior vice president of Yahoo!, told BusinessWeek in a May cover story on blogs. “Never in the history of market research has there been a tool like this.”

E.C. 🙂


2 Responses

  1. We’re happy that YOU get it EC!! Thanks! Can’t wait till Nov. 2008!

  2. I can’t wait either. The primary is exactly one year away. And the campaign will gear up more this summer. Stay tuned.

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