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.



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.