To email or not to email
To search the Web or not to search the Web
To blog or not to blog
To twitter or not to twitter
To ustream or not to ustream
To flickr or not to flickr
To use google reader or not to use google reader
To diigo or not to diigo
To youtube or not to you tube
To podcast or not to podcast
To go online or not to go online?
To learn or not to learn, that is the question!
Good educators continue to learn new things and apply them to both their personal learning and their professional teaching. This caused me to connect thoughts and ideas from this post, with NECC 2008, a recent news story about presidential candidate John McCain, and the study trip I am on in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The continuing theme I have been hearing from the NECC conference podcasts (I could not attend in person) is that as educators, we need to become “facilitators” of learning. The increase of K-12 online schools and the number of students taking online courses affirms this direction. If you don’t go online or use the online tools, how can you facilitate learning using these online tools?
I can’t help but reflect on this post and then contrast it with the recent news article that reported that presidential candidate John McCain has not yet gone online. It is all a matter of making choices in how you want to spend your time.
I am thankful to people like Vicki Davis or David Warlick or Joyce Valenza or Steve Hargadon and many others who I follow for sharing their learning. Through my blog reader, I have learned what they are learning and then, in turn applied the parts that work for me and apply to my job.
As you can tell from my other posts, I am in Cuernavaca, Mexico as part of a study group from CSU Fresno. Because of my knowledge about blogging and use of Flickr, I showed the group how to use these tools to share our learning with our families – both personal and academic – back home. Many of the members of the group had not heard of blogging nor flickr, but have become users because of the trip. See our blog or our flickr to see what we have been learning. (And, of course, I have learned a few more things about both of these tools after using them for this purpose).
It really is all about context and what fits with what you are doing. Getting online is the first step in learning about the rapidly increasing tools and learning about the learning that is shared by others and, every once in awhile, sharing a little learning back with others.