Monthly Archives: April 2012

Final Reading

I like the 23 Things approach to Professional Development within a library/school setting.  I think that it mirrors a lot of successful badge systems out there in that it provides discreet milestones throughout a more drawn out process.  Each step might only take a few minutes, but depending on the interest level of the individual, they can spend as long as they need to on a task to get what they want out of the exercise.  I also like that it encourages a sense of play with regards to technology.  So often we have a mindset that there is a right and wrong way to operate a program, but there is a lot of trial and error involved in computing and I think that the best tech programs make room for that sense of play.  I just have to give one more shout out to badges in that they can provide the same modules along with evidence for work that was done to complete the modules.

 

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Week of Webinars

What I have learned from a week of webinars:  I am not a fan of chat.  If I were to do a webinar in the future, I think the first thing I would do in disable the chat.  I know that it is important to provide opportunities for participants to interact and provide feedback but not as a chat.  During each webinar that I wet to, I was genuinely appalled by my classmates use of the chat.  Conversation was off-topic and, it seemed, purposefully distracting from the presenters.  I found it to be completely rude and avoided the chat while I was watching for that reason.

 

But webinars do have their place in instruction.  They can bring together experts from different places to have great discussions, and I know that it is important for me to know how to run one if the need arises.  Overall, I think that the presenters I watched did a great job and showcased some really great topics, and I am looking forward to the last one I will attend on Thursday.

Week of Twitter

I had to do it.  I am all about trying to stay on top of recent trends in education, but I have never liked Twitter.  I have been a member for a few weeks, slowly easing my way into things, and I still don’t like it.  Reading my homepage is a mess of random sentences from people I don’t know who have been retweeted by even more people who I don’t know but think are kind of cool.  It is a lot of jibberish to parse through, and I am not so sure that the effort is worth it for me.

I know that it is this style of interaction that can really spur innovation, however I am completely overloaded with the sheer volume of jumbled letters and links that scroll down my screen.  This is an important personal practice for many people, so I know that it is important for me to keep up with it.  But seriously, right now it makes me feel anxious.

Any tips and tricks for getting over Twitter-phobia?  Help me see Twitter for all of it’s professional possibility.  Any awesome stories of how Twitter rocked your world?  I’m talking to you #SI643 cohorts.