Well, it all started in a 5 000 watt radio station in Fresno, California…
Oops, wrong story. The whole idea of starting something like voicEd.ca began to percolate as more and more folks started discovering the power of social media and blogging as a way of sharing teaching practice, thinking about education-related issues and reaching out to connect to others with similar interests. It was a time of passionate conversation, new connections and some incredible sharing.
But there were two other realities that began to settle in. Echo chambers and polarization. Part of doing business in an information-rich environment, we suppose.
So, five years ago—on the Ides of March, 2012, voicEd.ca was launched as a way to create a space where some of the walls that were starting to be built around our thinking about Canadian education could be dismantled. And, if not dismantled, perhaps a few windows and doors could be installed!
As a multi-author blogging space open to anyone who wanted to participate, voicEd.ca soon attracted over 75 contributors. In the past couple of years, some of the energy around the initiative waned as other tools of communication started to emerge and it was clear that we might be able to reimagine the concept.
voicEd.ca catalyst, Stephen Hurley, fell in love with radio when he was in elementary school and his passion for the medium hasn’t diminished one bit over the years. After trying for over 10 years to(unsuccessfully) convince mainstream radio folks in the Toronto area that a weekly show about education might be a decent addition to their schedule, Hurley decided to buy his own radio station—sort of!
Thanks to technology that has emerged over the past several years, voicEd.ca is thrilled to announce the creation of voicEd Radio—Canada’s first (we think) open, 24/7 internet-based radio station dedicated to education. It’s an adventure that not only allows for the sharing of education-related content from across the country and around the world, but it also allows any Canadian with something to contribute to create their own content, host a radio show or broadcast live from their school or community!
It’s a simple idea, but with your support voicEd.ca can become a trusted source of insight, information, conversation and…well…fun.
in the weeks and months to come, we’re looking to build a team of bloggers, broadcasters, content creators and, of course, listeners.
We would love to add your photo and story as part of that team. As you can see, we’re just getting restarted around here, but the welcome mat is out. Come on in, take a look around and sign up to receive more information on how you can participate.
Our mission is to change the way you talk about education—in Canada and around the world—by opening up a multi-media space for vibrant, provocative conversation about the issues, challenges and opportunities that are coming to define us in the 21st century.
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