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New voices – Jim Forde

Miguel challenged us to find new voices.

Over the next week and a half, I will profile eight bloggers that I’ve

found informative and intriguing. Most represent a leadership

perspective. Most are relatively unknown. All are thinking in deep and

interesting ways and thus deserve to be brought closer to the surface

of the blogosphere.

Today’s new voice: Jim Forde, edtechNOT

Jim created the edtechNOT blog nearly two years ago as a companion to the web site. Both the blog and the web site are intended to “encourage debate on the merits and pitfalls of using educational technology” in schools and to serve as a counter to the unflagging enthusiasm for all things technological to which we educational technology folks often succumb. Today’s quote on the web site gives you a flavor of Jim’s thinking: If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there (Will Rogers). Jim is my favorite educational technology contrarian (and I mean this in the kindest sense of the word) and I appreciate his contemplative pauses as we attempt to make sense of the technology-fueled, rapidly-accelerated pace of change that is occurring in our society. Given how long Jim’s been blogging and the quality of his thinking, I’m amazed that he’s not much better-known in the blogosphere.

Here are a few posts to get you started:

  • How much ed tech do teachers need to know? (a rxn)
  • Edison’s Prediction Revisited-revisited
  • The divide still exists….really?
  • Previous new voices: Kelly Christopherson, Scott Elias

    Happy reading!


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