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August 20, 2009

Healthy dialogue and learning through blogs

by Chris Lindholm

I admit having been slow to embrace staring at a computer screen more as a means to learning and participating in professional dialogue.  Two years ago I could honestly say that I did not know what a blog was – or why it would benefit me.  Today is different.  An understanding of how to use a "reader" site and a bit of time invested in finding bloggers who challenge my thinking have made me a believer. 

Today while skimming through a blog post I ran across a link to a blog written by a math teacher who seemed to be taking a shot at prominent blogger Scott McLeod.  Her elequent post and the comments that followed (including a comment from Scott) paint a wonderful picture of how blogs can indeed be a rich arena for dialogue, debate, and conversation.  The post called Dr. Strangeblog, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Scott McLeod is a great read for those questioning the value of this venue (and don't forget to read the comments).  To Kate Nowak, a math teacher of 4 years, thank you for initiating the conversation!

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