I have been doing some groundwork for an impending analysis of the coverage of gifted education (and related issues) in social media – and reflecting on how that has changed in the four years I have been involved.
As a first step I revised my Blogroll (normally found in the right hand margin, immediately below the Archives).
I decided to include only Blogs that have published three or more relevant posts in the last six months – and came up with the following list of 23, which I have placed in alphabetical order.
headguruteacher (posts tagged #gtvoice)
This is rather a short list, which might suggest a significant falling off of blogging activity since 2010. I had to delete the majority of the entries in the previous version of the Blogroll because they were dormant or dead.
But I might have missed some deserving blogs, particularly in other languages. Most on this list are written in English.
If you have other candidates for inclusion do please suggest them through the comments facility below, or pass them on via Twitter.
You may have views about the quantity and quality of blogging activity – and whether there is an issue here that needs to be addressed. Certainly the apparent decline in gifted education blogging comes at a time when edublogging in England has never been more popular. Perhaps you have ideas for stimulating more posts.
On the other hand, you might take the view that blogging is increasingly irrelevant, given the inexorable rise of microblogging – aka Twitter – and the continued popularity of Facebook, let alone the long list of alternatives.
Speaking of Twitter, I thought it might be an interesting exercise to compile a public list of every feed I could find that references gifted education (or an equivalent term, whether in English or another language) in its profile.
The full list – which you can find at https://twitter.com/GiftedPhoenix/lists/gifted-education – contains 1,245 members at present.
I have embedded the timeline below, and you can also find it in the right hand margin, immediately below the Blogroll.
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The list includes some leading academic authorities on the subject, but is dominated by gifted education teachers and the parents of gifted learners, probably in roughly equal measure.
The clear majority is based in the United States, but there is a particularly strong community in the Netherlands and reasonable representation in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Several other countries are more sparsely represented.
(One authority – who shall remain nameless – has unaccountably blocked me, which prevents his inclusion in the list. But he has only produced eight tweets, the most recent over a year old, so I suppose he is no great loss.)
I cannot compare this with earlier lists, but it feels as though there has been a significant expansion of the gifted Twittersphere since I began in 2010.
That said I have no information yet about how many of the feeds are active – and just how active they are.
If I have inadvertently omitted you from the list, please Tweet to let me know. Please feel free to make use of the list as you wish, or to offer suggestions for how I might use it.
There will be further segmented lists in due course.
Postscript 13 January:
Many thanks for your really positive response. The blogroll now has 34 entries…and there’s always room for more.
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