PedagooBook? – A Consultation

Things continue to progress with Pedagoo. We’re coming up to two years since we first started the site and there are many exciting developments. Our readership continues to grow, as does our membership. Lots of new people are sharing their practice on the site, and many more are now tweeting every #PedagooFriday. And our list of exciting new TeachMeet events continues to grow. It’s fantastic and phenomenally overwhelming. I’m just pleased that we seem to have created something which people find useful.

Those of us on the admin team are constantly trying to think of new ways to try and make Pedagoo even more useful to practicing teachers. For example, Neil is currently working on a new termly magazine which will have enhanced posts and tweets and be available as a PDF or in iTunesU. I think this will be a great way for us to be able grow our community beyond those of us who are on twitter.

Another exciting possible development, and my reason for writing, is the creation of a Pedagoo Book. Kenny has been in discussions with Bright Red Publishing who are interested in the possibility of a book filled with Pedagoo style sharing and learning. Again, we think this would be a great opportunity for those of you who wanted to be involved to share your practice further, and another great way of reaching out beyond twitter to grow our community.

In order for the book to happen though, Bright Red need something they can sign a contract with. Despite appearances, up until now Pedagoo has consisted of a group of enthusiastic teachers, a domain name and some generously provided webhosting. Nothing more than that. Having taken advice on the best way forward, we’re proposing setting up a small Social Enterprise (or to give it its proper name, a company limited by guarantee) in order to allow us to take forward the book idea. There would be no shareholders in this form of organisation and any income would only be able to be used to support the activities of Pedagoo. As Pedagoo began life in Scotland, we would restrict this Social Enterprise to Scotland to begin with at least.

We’re very aware that Pedagoo is a community and its strength lies with you. We don’t want this to affect what makes Pedagoo work for you, and will strive to ensure this is the case. We also want to make sure that everyone has had an opportunity to feedback on this idea. Although those of us on the admin team obviously like the idea, so far nothing has been agreed, this is a genuine consultation.

We welcome your thoughts as comments below…

11 thoughts on “PedagooBook? – A Consultation

  1. James McEnaney

    I remember this idea been mooted a while back and I’m still very much in favour of it – too much of the material that is made available to teachers seems remote, and it would be great to have at least one resource which is, like Pedagoo, by teachers and for teachers.

    If you’re looking for people to be involved in this project you can certainly count me in 100%.

  2. Jay Helbert

    I think it sounds like a splendid idea. Would there be a common thread or focus to the learning stories shared in the book, or would it be more like a compendium of the blog posts we see here?

    The idea of a social enterprise to oversee the growing project that is Pedagoo also sounds good. It is not the vehicle that matters most but the people who drive it.


  3. Fearghal Post author

    Thanks Jay.

    We had a response by email which assumed that the book would be Scoltand only, this is not the case. We’d just locate the Social Enterprise in Scotland but the book would involve folk from all over.

  4. Sue Cowley

    Hello Fearghal,

    A Pedagoo book sounds like a great idea. Can I recommend that you approach the Society of Authors for advice? Publishing contracts are notoriously tricky to understand (it’s taken me 20 years to get to grips with them), and it’s very easy to hand over rights that you didn’t realise were valuable to Pedagoo. I’m not just talking financial value, but also valuable for the site and its members more generally.

    Also, you’d need to think carefully about how to handle the issue of copyright. The SoA offers a free contract vetting service and other great advice to its members. These days, there is always the option to self publish as well via a platform such as Amazon or Smashwords. I have a fair bit of expertise in all these areas, so you are welcome to get in touch if you have any questions. You know where I am, Sue.

  5. Juliet@CreativeSTAR

    I think it’s a lovely idea. Not least because tweets are time-based so tend to get lost once the moment is gone. Also there’s been some really interesting blog posts which could be edited into a readable format. Another place to look for advice is the Geography Collective which is going through a similar process of change, even though they have already published several Mission Explore books.

    It’s just great that the admin team and others including contributors and tweets have made Pedagoo the success it is. Yay!

  6. Nick Hood

    I like the idea, Fearghal and think it’s right that the SE has a local focus, as much for clarity of jurisdiction for dealing with the logistics, as anything else. I imagine that there could be a series of browsable, staffroom-coffee-table books on the back of pedagoo. Perhaps containing a mixture of twitter conversations, pedagoodfridays, blog posts and exclusive articles written for the book.

    Good luck with the project, happy to contribute/comment if I can.

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