Connected Learning

Learning Is About Connections Of All Kinds…

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That is how I’ve felt reading dozens of other people’s blog posts since my last one here at Connected Learning. At first it really bothered me that I didn’t feel like I had much to contribute, since seemingly everyone else is either smarter, deeper in thought, more experienced, etc., than I am.

Then I began to read how it seems most people, at least in our little educational technology part of the world, REALLY use blogging – to process and learn, discuss and debate, and ponder myriads of things, and NOT so much about pontificating a point of view. Whew! I feel a little better and a lot less like a doofus now!

I was very charged up reading so many posts made during NECC07, and knowing that NECC08 is in San Antonio (much closer to my home here in Wichita), I plan on attending and enjoying all the conference AND unconference things next summer. It was very apparent that I didn’t have to be there in Atlanta to feel some level of connection to the events, and I know I got as much out of it as I have from conferences I’ve attended in person. I’m looking forward to seeing how this year’s K12Online Conference does in intentionally connecting us through the digital world.

And finally, how do we flex the muscle and power of what we are experiencing with all of this into the classroom, and more importantly, into our students lives so they can carry it beyond the classroom? Those of us who are more early adopters and a little more at ease with edgy ways of doing things may feel OK launching into this brave new world, but so many of our colleagues are cautious and wary, and to a certain extent, justifiably so. It is very easy in education to be leery of the “new thing”, since we have so many new things popping up every year to try out. Sadly, it brings out the reluctance, and at worst, the cynic to a certain extent in all of us, I believe.

Somehow, we have to fight through the obstacles, and remember it all starts with one – one teacher taking one first step in one project or lesson with one new thing, and then keeping on by taking one step at a time. Even when that step feels like the one Indiana Jones took in “The Last Crusade”, where that first step required faith in what he couldn’t see, yet once taken, the path became very clear.

Maybe we just need Indy’s hat…

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July 23, 2007 Posted by | Education, Professional Development, Social Networking, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment