This could be a post about Canadian bloggers, or Australian bloggers, or male bloggers, or under-30 bloggers or bloggers with webbed feet…whatever. But it’s not. It’s a post about women bloggers (mostly in the education space), a topic I wrote about several times last year. So hear me roar already (or is that al-‘reddy’).
When I first started blogging early in ’07 I felt there weren’t that many female bloggers. I thought it was just like the conference thing. In case you haven’t noticed, womens’ voices at industry conferences are disproportionately small, especially as conference keynoters, with the exception of Blogher of course. I don’t really have a take on this that won’t sound soap boxy and don’t really want to go down diversity lane if ya’ know what I mean… (if you’re struggling to find women speakers for your conference, go here or select from the fine list below : ) Return from digression…
I think my perception that there weren’t a lot of women blogging about education was because we don’t link up that well. Maybe we don’t do the blogroll thing as much. Or maybe we don’t name our blogs with our own name that often. Maybe I’m just full of crap.
Anyway, I was thrilled to have found some great reads from fellow women throughout the year. Here’s a wrap-up of those blogs featured in 2007 and some new ones…enjoy.
New (to me) reads:
Life on index cards. Not an edublogger (Jessica’s site says she’s in advertising) but good example of illustrating concepts simply and with humor.
Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts
Helpful hints, tips, and tricks for teachers who are integrating technology in an authentic manner. Cathy’s content is driven by questions she is asked or by her own current technology interests.
Not strictly an edublogger, Christine focuses on visualization.
Anne Fox: Blog
TEFL teacher and project developer in the areas of e-learning, EU projects, teacher training, mentoring, inter-cultural competence, language learning, m-learning, Nordic languages, online meeting moderation
21st Century Collaborative
Doctoral student, adjunct instructor of educational technology at the College of William and Mary, educational consultant, and frequent speaker/presenter.
Reflections on teaching-with-technology journey and evolution as a user of New Media in the writing classroom.
Creativity at Work
A new blogger (2007), the purpose of Linda’s blog is to “create, with your help, a learning community for people who live or work at the intersections of art, business, science and design.”
Helen Keegan: Blog
Researcher/learning technologist/part-time lecturer.
Author and Reference Librarian at Columbia University’s Butler Library. She also works as an Information Consultant providing services in Web strategy, project management, information architecture, social marketing, content development, and production in both the library and corporate sectors. She has been appointed adjunct faculty at her alma mater Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library Science where she teaches LIS students about Web 2.0 technologies.
Research and practice in academic technology in higher education.
Game designer, a games researcher, and a future forecaster. Teacher and lecturer.
The Power of Educational Technology
Instructional Technology Specialist in a Massachusetts High School
Featured here in 2007:
Writes about virtual communities, and is an avid twitterer
In the Middle of the Curve
Real stuff from a real practitioner- one of my favorites.
The Bamboo Project blog
Blog about ‘new technologies to learn and work more productively, running organizations more effectively in a new economy, and taking charge of your own professional development through personal learning and effective career management skills.”
Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day
An e-learning application or tool highlighted EVERYDAY (do you know how hard that must be?)
Anne describes her area of interest as, “digital dialogues or communication and the social aspects of learning with technologies and how this can be used to enhance learning.” Always a good read.
Weblog and business site and the place to start if you want great information on online community and collaboration.
Angela A Thomas
English Education teacher who teaches in Second Life as Anya Ixchel and conducts auto-ethnographic research.
Expert on social networks specifically on how youth engage within them.
I love this blog! If you are an instructional designer and/or write content for online courses, you MUST read this blog. Very real, applicable resources and advice.
Mobile Technology in TAFE is from Perth, Australia and is the person behind Mobile Technology in TAFE web sites. TAFE is the acronym for Technical and Further Education. Sue is an aquaculture lecturer, cool huh?
Emma King is a Brandon Hall Research blogger. YAY!!! That’s all I have to say…of course you should read all Brandon Hall Research blogs : )
What’s New in PinkFlamingo’s Resource Lists?
A teacher from Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Pam Hook (a/k/a/ Artichoke)
If the deep web had a subset called deep blogs, this would be on it. Thoughtful, well-articulated, challenging posts. Love this blog!
Beth’s Second Life
A blog about teaching English and Women’s Studies using Second Life.
Creating Passionate Users
Kathy Sierra dropped off the grid because of threats by trolls. If you hate the whole woman thing (if you did you probably wouldn’t have read this far…) read I am not a woman blogger. To which I say touch while enjoying the irony of a black lace bra photo that probably led to more hits (as mine did). Hmmm…
Karyn’s erratic learning journey
Karyn’s blog is one I read even when I get behind on my reading. There are times when I get behind and have 2000 posts in my reader and before I hit “mark all read” I’ll read Karyn’s blog and several others. Outspoken, straight shooter, with thoughtful posts that make you see things (at least me) in new ways. I learn there!
Sarah ‘Intellagirl’ Robbins
UberNoggin is about “social networking, new media marketing, web 2.0 (whatever that really means nowadays) and participatory media.”
As described on her site…”Musings on e-Learning, instructional design, rapid e-Learning, templates, the brain and other learning tidbits. As seen from the vendor side of the e-Learning aisle….” I’ve had a lot of great conversations with Cammy this year. One of my favorite bloggers.
Adobe Corporate Blog- Silke Fleischer .
Silke is responsible for product management and marketing for Adobe Captivate. Lots of great tips.
Reflections, learning and social networking through the eyes of an educator and information professional. Judy’s blog says she’s taking up a new challenge as Head of Library and Information Services at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in 2008 where her role will be to reshape virtual and physical learning services for the school. Congrats!
Susan Smith Nash
The E-Learning Queen explores all manner of online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to the construction and implementation of entire e-learning solutions. She finds real-world e-learning issues and applications particularly intriguing; in higher education, military, K-12, and corporate and humanitarian / not-for-profit realms.
Live Laugh Learn Lead is Marcia’s new home after merging the Ageless Learner blog. Now encompassing many aspects of life including learning.
The Connected Classroom
Thoughts of an emerging edu-blogger committed to creating constructivist learning experiences for students.
Contextual research and user centred design.
Lynn blogs to develop a social network for mutual reflection & learning. I’ve had several great conversations with Lynn this year.
Discovery through elearning
Another practitioner who blogs about daily challenges and blogs for professional development.
Lynn V. Marentette
Interactive Multimedia Technology
Lynn is a School Psychologist, Computer/Technology Student, Consultant who blogs about interactive touch screen applications, ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, universal usability and accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, serious games, and technology innovations.
One of my favorites. Be sure to check out the Technology Skills for Instructional Designers series!
Current projects and interests center around the proper use of technology in enhancing teaching and learning in the health sciences.
Joan Vinall-Cox: Blog
Joan writes about her fascination with the Web as it affects learning. Joan is one of the few bloggers I have met face-to-face. Joan and I connected through blogging and arranged to get together in Toronto where I was leading a workshop. Great conversation. Make me think about how nice it would be to get together with other bloggers.
Speaking of getting together…we will be announcing our 2008 conference details shortly. I’d be interested to hear from fellow women bloggers interested in meeting up face-to-face or participating virtually in a women-in-education blogger’s panel.
I’m also happy to set up the webbed feet blogger’s panel…