Education Technology Blogs: Digital Tweed Reviewed
The Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some education technology blogs. Today, we'll talk about ''Digital Tweed''.
What's It Like?
Digital Tweed is one of several blogs from Inside Higher Ed, an education trade publication that I discussed in a previous review. It has a broad focus on technology as it relates to higher education.Digital Tweed's author, Dr. Kenneth C. Green, is in a great position to be writing an education tech blog - he is the director of the Campus Computing Project, which studies technology's place in higher education. Dr. Green has previously published the Digital Tweed column in multiple publications before settling it in its current home at Inside Higher Ed.
Digital Tweed has a somewhat informal tone. However, as one might expect from a scholar, Dr. Green's writing is much better than what you might find on your average blog. The articles are mostly in an editorial style, though there is some journalistic reporting and analysis. Recent entries on Digital Tweed include an open letter to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, that really serves as a review/critique of the latest version of MacOffice.
The blog is actually pretty limited in content. At the time of this article's publication, there are only ten entries. However, these entries are all fairly long, and each examines its topic pretty thoroughly. Though it's a little thin size-wise, the content itself is interesting and worthwhile. It doesn't appear to be updated regularly - for example, there's an entry gap of about four months, followed by two posts about two weeks apart. Digital Tweed is RSS-compatible, though, so you can subscribe to the blog and be automatically notified of updates.
Design-wise, the blog is pretty spare. The articles are mostly editorial or journalistic, and they aren't accompanied by photos, videos or any of the other bells and whistles that are often inserted into blog posts. It's easy enough to navigate, but the focus is definitely on the content, not on the design. This isn't a drawback to its utility, though. Overall, I think Digital Tweed is well worth reading, though it is more like a newspaper column than an archetypal blog.
Who Will Get The Most Use Out Of It?
If you're looking for a tech blog that will update multiple times a day, give you easily-digestible lists and straightforward product recommendations, Digital Tweed isn't going to suit your needs. However, the articles in the blog are interesting and provide a thorough analysis of tech topics as they relate to higher education. I think that professors and teachers who are interested in technology will relate the most to this blog, but it would also be interesting for tech-savvy high school and college students.
This is the first in a series of articles about education tech blogs. Stay tuned for more of these articles this week!