Which is easier 100,000 wikis for teachers or 100 blogs for principals?

Scott McLeod over at Dangerously Irrelevant is starting a campaign to get 100 principals to blog in 100 days. A few weeks ago, wikipsaces issued a challenge to give out 100,000 wikis to teachers. I think they’re at about 14,000.

I’m wondering which is the more realistic goal?  Wikis can easily be used and justified as throw aways, that is used for a brief or specific purpose and not used again. I personally have about 15-20 wikis on the go. Blogs can be throw aways as well but I think Scott is looking for principals who will take up blogging as part of their practice.

I’ve been searching for these pioneers as well. Currently, my school division has only one blogging principal that I know of. Principals are busy people. Blogging is a bit like starting an exercise regime. You might think it’s good for you but it seems tough to fit it into your schedule. Many or most aren’t even at the point where they see the benefit.

I’m skeptical of this project succeeding. Prove me wrong.

Here’s the project page with all the details

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Too many consultants?

I sat in a meeting of teachers today when someone in the crowd made reference to a clause about consultants and made the statement that she felt “there were too many consultants anyway”.

This made me upset for two reasons:

  1. I wouldn’t want to suggest, espescially in public that I felt a school or some other area of the division was overstaffed.
  2. More importantly, it upsets me because it reflects an attitude that exists that would suggest that solving the challenges of education lies in increasing the number of teachers.

I believe that the role of the consultant is largely two fold;support teachers in the classroom with their current situations but also to present possibilites, ideas and support for change.

I’m certain a survey of teachers would reveal that few would suggest that the current model of education is in a good state. Everyone’s talking about the changing student, the changing world and the lack of change in education. This conversation is taking place as much outside the blogosphere as it is in it.

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