Monday, October 22, 2007

21st Century Learner

For some reason I have been having an incredibly challenging time to blog as of late. There really has been a great deal of innovation going on in my life and the lives of my students, but I simply have not taken the time (it's all about balance) to write about it.

Our school district hired Elliot Masie to speak at our Superintendent's Conference this month. I was inspired and moved by his entertaining and informative presentation, but finding myself with a lot to say before, during, and afterwards. However, there was really not much opportunity for that with the format of the teachers sitting in the audience and Mr. Masie out in front. I was then thinking about Will Richardson's comments on the irony of this model of presentation where he mentions his frustrations with this.

Later that week, I then experienced the K12 Online Conference and discovered the incredible links to the 2006 conferences as well. My learning curve had a rather large spike after watching several of last years presentations for the first time. Since then I have really tried to wrap my head around everything that I have experienced. David Warlick's Hitchhikr, I discoverd is absolutely genius and again allowed my learning curve to climb.

Basically, I am on "Innovation Overload," and looking for opportunities to stretch my wings and apply this newly discovered knowledge. My goals as of late:

1. Continue to be a 21st Century Learner.
2. Attempt to be a more effective 21st Century Teacher/Facilitator.
3. Find out what tools will help me establish my own personal social network
a. Second Life
b. Twitter
c. Skype
d. Blogging
e. ???

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