These are my thoughts after seeing a video shared by David Truss on Facebook.
Just underlining from your vid:
A student says,
"I learnt more by sharing than searching"
So true. I would add: once you are connected, be alert to your network when they share content. It will probably be tuned to what you are doing, searching, discovering. It may lead to new thinking avenues.
"See the opportunities rather than the obstacles"
Hard not to get discouraged by the obstacles. Harder to see obstacles *as* opportunities. I'm struggling to learn that at the moment.
I like to think that technology is a game changer. Now in your vid, David, you play a competition game. Laptop versus pencil and paper. That makes me feel rather distant. Perhaps because the idea of the old way and the new way competing is not altogether right for me. I am thinking of pencils and computers as metaphors of a culture of teaching rather than tools. This is another point I need to reflect more on.
Among the members of the edublogosphere there is little to question: who would teach without technology? I can see you nod. Yet, when we talk outside the community, the hard question to answer is:
To what extent does technology change the way we learn?
Is there more beyond,
-soaring motivation levels;
-empowering, faster, more of you name it;
-audience pushing back at your content:
-back to motivation from real feedback that keeps the learning ball rolling.
What we call 21st century skills, aren't they somewhere deep inside the same old skills that have made any brilliant discoverer, researcher, learner succeed?
It might seem obvious, but after spending a short while inside a community, a kind of perspective is lost. A bit of the basics for us could still sound so foreign and complicated to others who have never read a blog.
Here my mind is not thinking of just the video, but of the audience of newbies I will face in my next presentation.
Now that is another post.