An observation

Posted: February 9, 2008 in SMiELT2008, Social Media

I have to admit that I am enjoying playing with the social tools we are looking at as part of SMiELT. It is interesting to me that I, at least, need some time to become really familiar with a site before I can see the value in it. Because I have blogged for three years now, it is easy for me to see the potential there. Now that I have used a wiki with my students and participated in a wiki as a professional, I can see great potential there. I have used Flickr as a source of Creative Commons-licensed photos to use with students, so exploring the site more to think about how I could have my students use it wasn’t difficult either. But Twitter? The 43 Trio? It will take more time, I think, before I am comfortable with them. Once I am, though, I will probably begin to see ways I can use them with my students.

This is the reason I don’t want to miss participating in EVO sessions each year. They move me out of my comfort zone, expose me to things that I would probably never investigate on my own. Sometimes I can almost immediately embrace the new tools, as was the case with blogging, and other times it takes a few years. (This is my second year of not getting the 43 Trio. But I am starting to see a glimmer of hope there.) Either way, though, I am learning, stretching, and growing. And that is, as the commercials say, Priceless!

  1. Gabriela Sellart says:

    Yes, Nancy it IS priceless.
    I think that it’s not only the coordinators that move us out of our comfort zone, but the other participants as well. It would be great if the same happened in our classes, wouldn’t it?
    Good luck with the 43 trio!

  2. Nancy says:

    Thanks for your comment, Gabriela!

    I have to admit I find it easier to ignore a suggestion from a session moderator than one from a fellow participant. I think the same thing might be true in a classroom. So if you could get some students hooked, they might be able to informally mentor others. Hmm… I’ll have to think about that.

  3. Karen Haines says:

    Hi Nancy

    Hey, you’re in good company! I don’t get get 43 Trio after two years either. Maybe it is something to do with our personalities. Are we cautious? Cynical?

    At least you are Twittering. I seem to be failing dismally at that!

    And I’m ashamed to admit that even though I did the 2006 EVO session on podcasting, I am only just hooked on it now! Because of using it myself I am thinking of things to do with students and how they might react. It’s great – but 3 years down the track?!

    Interesting that it takes us a while to ‘get’ it. But maybe we just don’t give up?! Stubborn?

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