BlogDay 2007 from Downunder

Today it is BlogDay!! an event to foster more connections between bloggers and a way to get to know other bloggers with other interests from other countries.

Thinking about the global context, I thought to myself “if there is only one blog from the whole world that I am allowed to read for the next 12 months what would I choose?”.

Without hesitation, my choice was John Connell, because he keeps me in touch with a diversity of things – culture, history, society, philosophy, technology, news, ideas, creativity, and just good fun. Thanks John.

However, since I blog downunder right here in Sydney Town, I’ve decided to highlight 5 blogs (so hard to choose!!!) from Australia rather than other countries, to promote our emerging culture, point of view, and attitude in the global conversation, and to say ‘thanks’ the the aussie bloggers that I have added to my reading list this year!

Drop by (if you haven’t already) and enjoy the read.

Sue Waters at Mobile Technology in TAFE has done a stunning job promoting mobile technologies, e-learning and m-learning tools and strategies, is always investigating new and challenging ways of incorporating Web 2.0 into the education experience.

John Pearce at My Other Blog teaches in a primary school in Victoria, but his work draws on the global conversation to drive his thinking and practice in his own school. As John says, the whole Web 2.0 scene is moving so rapidly it is only via that web itself that you can hope to keep up.

Melinda Phillips at The Parramatta Learnscope Team blogs with a special purpose – to challenge her project team to explore Web 2.0 for professional learning and teaching in a ’21st century’ way. Great guidance and good reading. Melinda is a great person to work with :-)

Chris Betcher at Betchablog teaches in a school in Sydney, does great professional development sessions, and runs From the Virtual Classroom podcasts which are a bit of a hit.

Cindy Barnsley at Thinking 2.0 teaches in country Australia and dreams (and writes) about technology to enhance students’ learning, with a focus on blogs, wikis and digital storytelling. I love her quote that drives her blog:

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler

There are MANY blogs in Australia and the world that we all love dearly. I couldn’t survive professionally without them. THANK YOU :-)

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6 thoughts on “BlogDay 2007 from Downunder

  1. Hey Jude,
    Thanks for linking to Thinking 2.0.My foray into blogging was encouraged by reading excellent blogs such as yours. I particularly like your focus on the relationship between Web 2.0 and literacy. Happy (belated) blog day and here’s to fostering more connection here and with educators abroad

  2. Thanks, Judy, for highlighting our team blog (Parramatta Learnscope team) and also especially for the other links – like Sue above, a few are new to me and I think they are all great!

    Melinda

  3. Hi Judy

    Obviously I am biased because you linked to my site, and lets just take my blog out of the equation for now, the links you have supplied are really good. I am a bit (understatement) tired from the Chocolate challenge and traveling this week, so have added them to Google Reader because each has great information.

    In response to Armit, mmmmm, I think the bigger point is to shine the light on bloggers who are getting less attention. And Judy, that is what you have tried to do. I have a really big issue with people who have linked to the top bloggers such as problogger, Stephen Downes. They have the light on them all the time.

    Sue

  4. However, since I blog downunder right here in Sydney Town, I’ve decided to highlight 5 blogs (so hard to choose!!!) from Australia rather than other countries, to promote our emerging culture, point of view, and attitude in the global conversation

    well, the BlogDay recommends that you link & promote 5 blogs different to your culture & attitude!! ;) :P

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