#Change11 Who are the Bloggers?

This year in review, about Bloggers whom I know:

Stephen shared his valuable experience on blogging here, which is enlightening. George provided wonderful insights through his blog and the one on Connectivism.  Dave’s posts on rhizomatic learning are refreshing. Steve has encouraged more teachers to blog through his compelling post.  Nancy White shared her social artistry here with lots of wonderful experience.  Jim Groom shared some of the most wonderful posts and artifacts here.  David Wiley on Open education is fantastic.  Jenny has posted many thoughts provoking posts throughout the Change11, and this Selfish blogger is an eye opener for me.

You would surely won’t like to miss: Martin WellerTony BatesDave SnowdenGraham AttwellRoy WilliamsFrances Bell, Matthias Melcher,  Rita KopZaidLearnNellie Deutsch

There are many prominent bloggers here: Jane HartJay CrossClark QuinnHarold Jarche.

Here is a list of bloggers on Change11

If I have missed any of you here who are bloggers, I apologise for not mentioning you and your contribution to the blogosphere.  Please feel free to add your name and blog posts in the comments.

#Change11 Is blogging on the decline?

Is blogging on the decline?  Blogging is on the decline, according to a New York Times story published this weekend:

The Internet and American Life Project at the Pew Research Center found that from 2006 to 2009, blogging among children ages 12 to 17 fell by half; now 14 percent of children those ages who use the Internet have blogs. Among 18-to-33-year-olds, the project said in a report last year, blogging dropped two percentage points in 2010 from two years earlier.

Former bloggers said they were too busy to write lengthy posts and were uninspired by a lack of readers. Others said they had no interest in creating a blog because social networking did a good enough job keeping them in touch with friends and family.

In my previous post, there were findings confirming that:

“Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time,” the Pew Research Center said in its report, released Friday. “On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online for no particular reason except to have fun or to pass the time.”

“These results come in the larger context that internet users of all ages are much more likely now than in the past to say they go online for no particular reason other than to pass the time or have fun.”

I then explored the reasons:

Here Andrew mentions:

“A big reason why I used to read many of those blogs was because they provided very valuable links to many interesting stories and pieces of information. I expect most of them still do, but nowadays I can see most of such links much quicker through Twitter or Facebook, and often also see comment threads there which are also at least as good.

Despite all that, I don’t think we’re seeing the death of the blog by any means. I think it’s just another stage in the evolution.”

My observation was that many bloggers in the past few years have slowed down in blogging, and have shifted to Twitter, Facebook and Google + in the posting of links.  Besides the number of blogs posted have decreased significantly as bloggers found it hard to keep their blogs updated with posts, and that not too many readers were willing to provide comments as part of the conversation.

I think this decline of blogging would continue in 2012, and such practice would likely be replaced by the posting using Twitter and Facebook, rather than the creation of long and thoughtful blog posts.

For me, I have blogged fairly regularly, as you could see from my blogroll. However, I am also finding it pretty hard to create new posts with exciting and emerging topics , as most of the topics have already been covered by others in the past few years.  We may really need another renaissance or revolution to revive blogging.

May be Creative Learning Theory and Swarm Intelligence (my next research subjects) would be of interests to you.

Would there be any hope of saving the blogosphere?  I wonder!

#Change11 Becoming – the Ontology

This is my response to Louise’s post.

Declarative knowledge is the species of knowledge that is, by its very nature, expressed in declarative sentences or indicative propositions.  This distinguishes descriptive knowledge from what is commonly known as “know-how”, or procedural knowledge (or the procedural knowledge) is the know how, so it is related to known procedures. Conceptual knowledge is related to knowing how the concepts are related to a theory, or an experience, and that also requires certain kinds of memory.  Here is the difference between  conceptual and procedural knowledge.

Becoming is different, in that it relates what is becoming for a person, with a willingness to continue to learn, and develop oneself to be more knowledgeable or knowledge-able. Just remembering how things are done may prevent making similar mistakes in the future. However, to know what is current, and to know how to learn through navigation in the networks is more important than the mere memorizing of facts.  Gagnes steps in instruction is useful for known facts, procedures, and thus some use in formal instruction and training.  However, it may be limited when learning in an informal setting, as critical thinking and sensemaking goes far beyond merely following the procedures.  What do you think?