Well I have just finished putting my summary together and now I have to see if I can add a voice to my movie. As I sit here writing I have spent some time reflecting on the class, what was taught and then what I actually learned. A couple of really important things come to mind. As Allan just wrote to me – SHARING!!! Very big idea. I didn’t really do much of this before as a professional. Not because I didn’t want to but rather because I didn’t think anyone would really want it. I am in such a different mindset now. It isn’t really up to us to decide if others would want it – that is up to them to decide – but I can offer. There is a great saying – what you put out there you reap 10 fold. so true. Dean Shareski shared some great quotes:
“Can I find your best work online?” Shareski
“It is no longer enough to do powerful work if no one sees it.” Chris Lehmann
“Sharing, and sharing online specifically, is not in addition to the work of being an educator. It is the work.” Ewan McIntosh
“”If there is no sharing there is no teaching.” David Wiley
And my favourite and mind-changing quote for me: “If you see the internet as a place to look things up you are missing the best part.” Shareski
The second big idea is Sensemaking and Wayfinding. I love those terms. Now instead of information being packaged in nice little parcels such as books, magazines and newspapers it is fragmented on a global scale. The good news is that I have immediate access to it – if I can find it – hence the term wayfinding. Making my way through the fragments, collecting, connecting and organizing them into a logical sequence for understanding. There lies the term sensemaking. These are new skills.
If I was to pick third big idea it would have to be social media and the importance it can play in a professionals life. It can help to answer questions, provide feedback and endow knowledge. It can help us connect to peers, professionals and other academics. Social networking can indeed make you a more effective and efficient professional.
We talked about Web 2.0 tools, that was really overwhelming, yes we talked about global learning, and the role of the educator (Stephen Downes, I struggle with his presentation) and we talked about how we learn and why we teach.
I think I teach to inspire.
I teach because I want to continually learn.
Why do you teach?