At this moment in time, there are multiple options for anyone in the learning game. In my case:
I could be writing a blog post (obviously).
I could be tweeting other people’s links out to other people.
I could be having a go at being part of a large, loosely connected group in a MOOC.
I could be commenting on other people’s writing – either to pat them on the back, to say “hear, hear”, to divert their ideas onto a new pathway or to challenge their words with my own.
I could just be doing some good old fashioned web surfing, clicking my way from one interesting node to another. (YouTube is great for this and can soak up hours in an unproductive but highly satisfying way.)
I could be focussing in small, working out what I need to do in my current job at my current school for my current crop of colleagues and students. Or I could be wide open, solving all of the world’s learning needs, re-imagining an education system that wipes all of the ills that we currently have.
I have to decide what is actually worth doing. I have to weigh up if anyone even reads what I write and whether it has ever changed anything for anyone else. I have to consider if yet another person tweeting out links, hashtags and retweets adds to learning or merely just adds more digital noise. Do I have time to commit to a MOOC? How can I expect anyone to leave a comment for me if I’m not prepared to put aside to do that for others? And does my online time have to be learning or education focussed all the time? Is it OK to goof off occasionally and watch anime, music videos or laugh at Rebecca Black memes?
At work, at home and in the spaces in between, I want to be doing something worthwhile. Not just follow-the-crowd and be-up-with-the-latest-from-my-PLN type but in a world with seemingly limitless options but seemingly decreasing limited time (I’m resisting like hell to avoid using the buzzphrase “time poor”), I’d like to think that purpose and meaning can be derived from online connections to others. At times to others , this comes across as negativity on my part but being critical of what others write, say, tweet, point to, reference, worship is an integral part of the whole deal.
Sparked by this.