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Who’s doing your research for you?

Dean Shareski has got a great way to explain the whole “professional development via RSS” idea.

I’ve recently assembled a team of researchers who go out on a daily basis and find out what’s happening in the world of digital learning and education in general. This team is comprised of teachers, consultants and experts who really know there stuff. Some live in China,New Zealand, Scotland, United States and Canada. They send me their findings in an instance. Some will even call me to discuss their findings. If there are questions, I can get clarification and often leads me to others who are also working on the issue. They are relentless.When I wake up in the morning, I’m always amazed that the work they’ve done. Sometimes it’s too much but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

The best part about my team is they are free. Many organizations would be thousands of dollars a month for this type of work. I’ve been able to compile this team for nothing. All they ask is that I also share my work and allow them to consider me a researcher as well. So far, it’s been working very well.

Love the analogy, and love the image he’s scrapped together in Photoshop.

Research Team

SO, who’s doing your research for you as you work, play or sleep?

  • The danger with these things is leaving out someone….I could have created three or four of these images. The ones on this page aren’t necessarily my “best researchers” (other than you of course) they simply represent a sampling or concept.

    Dean Shareski

    4/23/2007

  • Steve, I agree this is a great analogy. Think about how useful it would be to use this analogy in professional development workshops to help teachers think about the power of RSS. Perhaps you could even have teachers develop their own analogies after experimenting with RSS.

    Andrew Pass

    4/24/2007

  • [...] Who’s doing your research for you? (Via Teach42.) Here’s another great explanation of the benefit of RSS… I tell people all the time that my computer is researching for me 24/7. :) [...]

  • Great visual of many of my favorite bloggers. I recognize most of the faces on the visual because I read their feeds. What a cool analogy.

    William Bishop

    4/26/2007