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#ThrowbackThursday - Attention is influence and the importance of educators having a voice

#ThrowbackThursday - Attention is influence and the importance of educators having a voice

Today's #ThrowbackThursday brings us to a post I wrote that explains why blogging is important for anyone who wants a voice in global the global conversations that matter to them. In the piece I share how in the short time my blog had been around, I already was seeing the ability a blog gave me to share important ideas. Many of the sites, I referred to back then no longer exist. Keeping a blog or website active is hard work. But for me it has been worth it. Here's a little more about that post.

Written: Friday, May 9, 2008

Topic: Why blog

Who might be interested: Anyone considering starting a blog.

Favorite excerpt:
It is crucially important that our digital immigrant educators begin teaching in meaningful and engaging ways that our digital native students will pay attention too. Part of bridging the gap between the natives and the immigrants occurs when the immigrants are communicating with the natives in the 21st Century platforms to which they connect and are familiar.

Reader question:
If you don't have a blog, what's stopping you from sharing your voice and ideas? If you do, what benefits have you experienced?

Title: Attention is influence and the importance of educators having a voice

Post: I've learned so much from my personal learning network and in particular my colleagueThe Techomnivore who was recently asked to contribute to Technology and Learning’s DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS blog where he writes about using gaming to enhance teaching and learning. He is a terrific writer with a lot to share and very smart guy who I continually learn from in person and from subscribing to his blog Tales of a Techomnivore. When he got this gig, I just had to ask, “So, do you get paid for your weekly blog column in Technology and Learning?” He said he did not. So I pried further and said, “What is your motivation to do it then?” He said he was recently somewhere and heard someone say, “attention is influence. “ This is important to him because he has a passion for discovering ways technology can enrich our lives and an even higher goal of giving every child the opportunity to succeed. He shares these ideas around the world through his work, at his DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS blog, his Tales of a Techomnivore blog, and through speaking at conferences. As a result there are educators, students, and parents benefiting from his fantastic ideas to establish an engaging and relevant curriculum.

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Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.