Over the last few years my presentations and workshops, designed to share my enthusiasm for Web 2.0 with colleagues, have led to many new friendships as well as much personal and professional excitement at the future of learning.
It is evident to me that all of us involved in education need to personally develop life-long learning habits and to a large extent, having a Personal Learning Network (PLN) using online tools is fundamental.
Lately, I have been thinking about how I can update to reflect the most current wave of technological innovation in my presentations. Of couse, I don’t want to become out-of-date, stale or be boring. RSS feeds, Google Reader, blogs, a nearly defunct(?) social bookmarking site, twitter and yammer are ‘old-hat’ to many who spend much time online. Maybe I am better off to doing something funky that will dazzle. Maybe I should explore multi-sources reader like Zite or Flipboard for iPad.What else is out there for me to use. What’s the latest thing?
Then I read a post from Seth Godin that resounded:
RSS is dead. Blogs are dead. The web is dead.
Great music wasn’t created by the first people to grab an electric guitar or a synthesizer. Source
That’s when people who are seeking leverage get to work, when we can focus on what we’re saying, not how (or where) we’re saying it.
Anyway, just to be sure, I used Survey Monkey to check out what the delegates thought they wanted from my presentation at the NSW Secondary Deputy Principals Association‘s Professional Learning Day. Here is the data. It confirms that DPs are keen to gain more skills using social media and recognise our changed paradigm.
The session went well, even if I struggled with some features presenting with my, recently purchased, new Macbook Pro.
Delegates explored the DP blog and are enthused by yammer. This thread made some good suggestions that we checked out live. From the survey it as clear that digital citizenship and practical ssues for DPs managing issues at school are of particular interest. This post by Damian Wanstall highlights the digital citizenship website as a particularly useful resource.
The delegates seemed very positive and I should mention that the DP State Congress seemed to be very receptive about ideas presented for ‘future communications options’ too. I am hoping that DPs keen to collaborate and share their ideas will join yammer and maybe email if interested in writing a blog post: [email protected]
Hopefully, my sessions next week at INSPIRE INNOVATE: Transforming Learning in the Digital Classroom are useful to the delegates, even if they are a little…well, ‘old-hat’.
*Stephen Downes prefers the word ‘cooperate’, rather than ‘collaborate’, as a more accurate description of what us learning professionals do online. I tend to agree but ‘collaborate’ resounds with many of my colleagues.
PHOTO CREDIT: Thanks to Mark Brannan for the slider image.