I love how Christmas break frees up time and really allows me to throughly read through my feeds. I can take the time to think through the posts, reflect, ask myself questions, develop action plans, and apply what I am learning to my own teaching and learning context. Many times I leave my reader knowing I have shared good content with those who need to read it, hear it, see it, and feel I am doing my part–leading by example.
Today though, that is not the case. Doug Johnson has struck a nerve and now I am hurting! for me it’s about truths. I have been in the mix of PLNs and 2.0 learning for such a long time now–past the five-year mark (my blog was born on October 17, 2006.) it was then I decided to do more than just take from my network, but work to give back as well. I have used various tools including my blog, other blogs, wikis, nings, Twitter, and even Facebook as a way to advance my own learning and at the same time SHARE with others.
Read the post – 12 signs
Today though after reading Doug’s post, 12 signs your tech leadership is obsolescent, I realize there is so much more to be done, particularly on the home front. I see signs of hope–there is a Facebook and Twitter presence where there was none before, and teachers may request “district issued” gmail accounts to engage students in some 2.0 tools…but in terms of most everything else in the list, there is so much more room for growth. What’s a girl to do? I have evangelized the merits of many of these in the list before, but often wonder if it is falling on deaf ears? Am I sharing with the wrong people?
No, I’m not mad or angry.
Sometimes truths like this are what motivates me into action. I guess I need to develop an action list and work even more towards relevancy on my own home front. But being one voice in one school, I’m just not sure my impact can be greater than those I directly interact with on a day to day basis. But I also realize I have to start somewhere.
And that, my friends, is why this hurts. Sigh.
SIDENOTE: As a scoured flickr for cc creative commons license picture to use her, I came across the one above. I always open them up to see who posted it and maybe get some context from it. The picture accompanied a brief description that stuck with me too:
This is a mess. I was waiting for Shira to finish with the black pen and wrote “tell truth” in a million fonts, making it really difficult to read. This annoys me, but I think it brings up an interesting idea: truth is messy and complicated sometimes, but it’s still got value in that it’s truth, and it deserves to be heard and understood even if it’s unpleasant or difficult.
Ari Moore, July 22, 2006