One Word for 2018: Radio #OnewordOnt

I am always looking for good writing prompts. Without prompts, it is hard to keep inspired enough to come up with new posts and regular writing is something I plan to continue to focus on as I start my second year in retirement from a formal position in education.

Today’s prompt came out of a discussion on Voiced Radio with Stephen Hurley and Doug Peterson. These two are an inspiration to me and much of what I write these days comes from discussions initiated by one or both of these active educators. Their show, This Week in Ontario Edublogs is broadcast every week and they have now reached their 40th episode.

While discussing blog posts from the past week, they came up with a post from Julie Balen, #OnewordOnt Introduction.

She writes:

There are many reasons why one would take on this challenge, but for most, it comes down to focus and intentionality. Having one word through which to “see” your practice, to guide your work, and to reflect on your professional learning gives you a chance to be really intentional about your professional growth.

If you continue reading, you can see lots of great bloggers who have added their words to the One Word Challenge. It came out in discussion today that none of the contributors came from men! Julie responded via Twitter during the broadcast making the conversation even more dynamic!

So, I need to take up the challenge. I choose Radio. Maybe not the kind of word that is used as part of a challenge like this, but this is what I came up with and I’m sticking to it.

I choose Radio because it offers wonderful learning and connecting opportunities for the new year, especially through Voiced Radio.

I also choose Radio because I was inspired by my partner and fellow broadcaster and blogger Heather Swail. Heather wrote a great post about radio last week – here is the beginning:

A single voice punctuating the dark. Light, bantering voices filling your head. Storytellers mesmerizing with pauses and intonations. Music lulling you to sleep. Radio has been my companion for so many years, in light and dark

Heather SwailThe Seductive Power of Radio

Radio works for me because it represents the opportunity to connect with others. Last week we did a great broadcast led by Brad Shreffler capping off a week of creative connection making all under the hashtag #voicedgratitude. We talked live on radio for over two hours. It was a great community discussion and very interestingly, very few of the discussion participants knew each other a year ago.

There is still something magic about radio that Twitter can’t replace. Radio allows you to hear the other person. Radio tells stories, radio fuels the imagination.

So Radio is my word. What will the new year bring? What will year two of VoicEd Radio be like? For many of us, this is a new barely tried medium, there is lots of room for growth.

A year ago, even before the first broadcast on VoicEd, Derek Rhodenizer and Stephen Hurley talked about the concept. You can hear the first of many rich conversations here.

Connecting and learning this year involves Radio. Where will we be 12 months from now?




7 thoughts on “One Word for 2018: Radio #OnewordOnt

  1. Paul,
    Love your choice of ONE WORD and thanks for the nice nod toward my blog post. Stephen’s and company’s work has certainly fired up our creativity. Stephen and VoiceEd radio are inviting and generous to the many of us out here in the hinterlands who have ideas but need a voice.
    So, thanks, Paul and Stephen and the Voice Ed radio community.
    My word for 2018 is “generous” I will be tweeting out tomorrow. Maybe my one word should be procrastination??????

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  3. What a creative one word! Not one I would have thought about choosing, but with your explanation, I can totally see why you did. Curious to hear how radio inspires your blogging choices, thinking, and learning this year.

    Happy New Year!

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  4. Tha’ts an interesting choice for a oneword, Paul. I think there’s a lot to be said for your interpretation of what “radio” means in the context of your post. I think that there’s a lot to be said for live, unscripted radio as opposed to some of the scripted podcast things. That’s really supportive of your notion of conversation.

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  5. I love the intimacy of radio. What a beautiful choice! Some of my favourite moments come from riding in the car and listening to CBC, and for years, my entire family has laughed and cried while listening to Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe. These experiences, like those shared on Voiced Radio, are meaningful, personal, and memory-makers.

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