…these thoughts are my own!

Back in July, I signed up to and created a Posterous blog. I was interested in looking at other blogging platforms and was also considering starting a #365 project. The blog sat dormant until today.

I ruled out a #365 in favour of allowing the blog to develop more organically as a place where I can post on any topic, while explore posting in different formats and styles. It is to become a place where I will capture “moments” from my life as they occur.

I got the ball rolling with some thoughts on politics inspired by a spoken word recording I had been listeing to this morning.

You can find my posterous blog here: jamesmichie.posterous.com.

I hope you enjoy reading it and as always feel free to comment.

#edjournal: an open call for articles!

To move #edjournal in to the next phase of its development we are putting out an open call for articles and book reviews.

If you would like to contribute an article or book review please click on the link below and add the following information to the document:

  1. Title (or TBC if you don’t have one yet)
  2. Your name
  3. A brief outline explaining what the article is about including a link to anything you have already written, if appropriate.

Articles for #edjournal (Click to open!)

We will be putting out further information on how, where and when to submit articles and book reviews for peer review in the near future.

If you are not sure what #edjournal is all about. If you are not sure what sort of articles we are looking for or the types of books we wish to see reviewed, then please look at this document: #edjournal: where’s the learning? It explains the rationale, intended format and rules of #edjournal. Or you can tweet me @jamesmichie if you would like more information.

#edjournal

A few weeks ago an idea hit me while I was getting ready for work. I immediately wrote it down in a Google document, which I shared with Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) to get some instant feedback. After a brief chat I put the idea down, allowing it to ferment for a while.

Yesterday, out of the blue, I was contacted by Nick Dennis (@nickdennis). He has been thinking about a similar idea for quite some time. I shared my Google document with him and less than 36 hours later (after a Skype chat, conference call and several tweets) we have created an action plan to launch an education journal written, edited and published by educators for educators. It will be called #edjournal. And asks: “…where’s the learning?

Part of the impetus behind this project is to produce something more permanent than a blog post, something that can last, and has been put under significant scrutiny. The other driving force is to create a document that offers a very specific insight – that of the “actual impact of technology on learning”, rather than “what the technology is” or “what impact the technology could have”.

Below is a direct link to the refined version of my original document explaining the rationale of the journal and an action plan for its development and publication. Give it a read. See what you think.

#edjournal: where’s the learning? (Click to open!)

At this stage we have invited a number of people to contribute but we are welcoming any and all thoughts and ideas. Perhaps you have been published in an academic journal or have experience in writing or editing these sorts of articles. If so, we would love to hear from you. If you have any thoughts and wish to contact us, please do so via Twitter.

There is a Twitter hash tag: #edjournal and there is a Twapper Keeper archive of all #edjoural tweets here.

The short url for the #edjournal document is: http://bit.ly/cFdptG – please share it.

You can contact me on Twitter @jamesmichie.