First off let me tip my hat to all the wonderful moderators on #edchat. You donate tireless hours to the PLN, and you should be commended.
I wanted to start a discussion on the voting format. I wonder if a two week voting cycle would serve the PLN better. So a vote on this Monday would be for a discussion the following Tuesday. I feel this approach has several advantages.
I feel a change in the voting would add depth the conversation. We are all a passionate group of educators who believe in the need for reform and think technology can play an integral role in systemic change. I think this passion and commonality can sometimes hold the #edchat discussions back. The #edchats can often take on an evangelical tone and many weeks the discussions overlap. Having an extra week would allow people to gather their thoughts ahead of time. Members of the PLN, for example, would be able to post pre-game blog posts. Others may just spend the week reflecting on the topic.
I also feel that moving to a two week voting cycle would allows us to extend our learning. Often times I see topics (sometimes I participate) and would love to look for relevant articles or research. I know must of us are too busy for a required reading list, but it would be nice if folks had the option to post a few readings to build background knowledge. Having an extra week would allow us to gather relevant posts and articles on our RSS fields.
Tell me what you think.