I love listening to podcasts as I walk my dog, since it is the holidays for me I am walking for 40 minutes a day, you can listen to a lot in 40 minutes. One podcast I subscribe to is edtech talk. Today in edtech weekly they were talking about being open to the possibilities.
So I decided that 2010 is going to be the year that I am open to the possibilities.
Firstly I am going to be open to the possibilities that Twitter can offer me as a year 5 teacher and learner, as it is through my discovery of Twitter that I have come to be writing this, that I have worked out how to use netvibes, that I have joined twitpic, that I have set up my very first class blog ready to go live in a few weeks and much much more. I have never felt so invigorated, so connected and so open to the possibilities that 2010 might bring me as an educator as I have in the past three months.
Which is why I felt both sadness and excitement when I read two blog posts yesterday, incidentally both found via a tweet.
The first person I shall not name, from reading his blog though, I ascertained that he considers himself to be one of the major players in Tweeting with educators. He has many followers and was obviously once a regular tweeter. He was bemoaning the fact that nothing original is being tweeted, that he was over twitter, that all he read was the same old, same old. How sad, perhaps it’s me but I find new and interesting blogs, webpages and programs daily. When I have the time even just five minutes on #twitteruniv sets me going.
The second from janwebb could not have been more of a contrast, reading this I felt excited, invigorated, I can get there I thought. I can do this too. I may be on my own but I am not alone.
So if you are becoming like my first blogger, please do not give up, remember the little people, I only discovered this world three months ago, just think of the many others out there who might only just be getting going today. For many teachers the classroom is an isolating place, it is only through collaboration that we will ever master the use of technology for both ourselves as learners and our students alike.