The title of this post reflects my state of being at this moment. I have delayed this blog post for 7 days thinking that something magical and enlightening would come to me. I felt like this guy waiting…….
but it didn’t.
I am sitting here pondering over the hours of mindless (but fun!) link jumping I did this week.
Here’s what it looked like:
- -signing up for #flatclass2013 and jumping around that wiki for hours
- -reading the blogs on my reader, reading on flipboard
- -commenting on a few blogs that I thought were interesting
- -reading the required readings this week several times
- -watching videos
- -link jumping for hours
- -setting up Google+
- -following more on twitter
- -reading cool collaborative projects that people are doing
- -tweeting a few things here and there even though I can’t imagine anyone would care
- -getting creative in my classroom with using the theory of connectivism
- -etc etc etc
I am sure we are all there doing the same and now I sit here to reflect and I have nothing.
So, my reflection this week on the essential question about how things are changing in my classroom is that things have been changing ever since I embraced the notion of using technology in a more embedded and seamless way. I have changed and I know my students have as well. Have things changed since the start of Course 1? Probably not in a huge way but I, as a professional, am feeling a bit more connected and some ideas are coming together for me…albeit slowly.
The kids we teach build their networks without realizing it through social media, gaming and the day-to-day “geeking” out that they do. I recently heard someone say that today’s graduates from high school do not remember a time when they didn’t have this access to technology where as we, as Mark Prensky in his article are digital immigrants. The one issue I have with this term is that immigrants suggest that we will never really assimilate and be a part of this culture. I think I am in the sense that I am engaged with it, open to learning about it and wanting to effect change in my practice with it. Does it come naturally? No, but it is slowly…
My understanding of building a PLN through these cohorts, twitter and blog reading gets me a bit frustrated because I don’t see that happening as quickly as I would like and I am not really sure what it looks like when it arrives but I’ll wait and see…
What does your PLN look like? How do you build it, maintain it and put into it?
That’s my question for those that are reading….