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Seminal blog posts

World mapIn the (large!) comments section of a recent post entitled The Map Is Not The Territory: the changing face of the edublogosphere it was suggested that we need a repository of seminal blog posts for those new (and not so new!) to the edublogosphere.

These are the posts that have provoked thinking and discussion in the edublogosphere – either in the comment section directly below the post and/or more widely on other blogs.

Professor Doctor JP Scott McLeod, a.k.a. all-round nice guy and fantastic blogger at Dangerously Irrelevant, has kindly put together a wiki page to collate the blog posts and articles that those new to the edublogosphere should have as required reading!

You can find the wiki page at:

Seminal blog posts wiki page

After Scott added the initial links, I’ve spent some time dating the posts and arranging them in reverse chronological order. If this idea takes off, I’d like to run a competition to design a blog sidebar badge for people to link to this page.

I don’t want to be dictatorial, but if you could please follow the following 3 simple guidelines, it will make life easier for all:

  • Don’t spam the wiki by adding lots of links to your own blog. That’s not cool at all.
  • If you don’t think a blog post should be included, use the strikethrough formatting feature and explain why.
  • Include only those that talk about pedagogically-oriented concepts and ideas, not just those that talk about cool ways to use Web 2.0 tools.

It would be great if some of the people who kindly left comments on the previous post could get involved in rectifying the situation! πŸ˜€

What do you think? Good idea or not?

8 thoughts on “Seminal blog posts

  1. In the same way I was uneasy about your map/territory post (in that it seemed to be asking for blogs to work the way you like them rather than a nice free for all) I think this is a good idea. Anything that collects and sorts information is handy. As a wiki the idea of seminal will be flexible too.

  2. Glad you like the idea, John! I hope it become large enough to be a valuable resource, but focused enough to be a useful place for those new to the edublogosphere to be able to get up-to-speed. πŸ˜€

  3. Hi Doug

    This is a good idea. Thank goodness for your original post and the discussion that followed.

    Well, I added a post by Clay Burell to the list. It generated waves around the edublogging ocean late December, 2007.

    Best wishes, John.

  4. Thanks, Doug, for all of the work that you've done on the Moving Forward wiki page. It looks much, much better and I'm looking forward to seeing what others contribute.

    For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Moving Forward wiki, it's intended to be a helpful resource for those of us who are making presentations and/or trying to move K-12 staff forward into the 21st century. Check out the Videos and Handouts, Blogs, Podcasts, and other pages. Feel free to add content/pages as desired. Help us create a collection of resources/examples that are great to share with others!

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