It sometimes takes me a while to work my way through the numerous posts from my assembled Bloglines bloggers, but it is worth reading through as many as possible because someone else somewhere will be posting something that strikes a chord in me. Today, it's The Bionic Teacher and his thoughts on his own technological expertise and how that relates to his role and what he reads about others doing all across the edublogosphere.
I read about all the great things people are doing and am amazed by the depth of knowledge that so many people have. I’m amazed by how they are able to put so much into practice. It really impresses me. These are amazing people doing amazing things. How is this a negative? It easy at times to get frustrated and feel I’m not performing up to par. It isn’t too hard to feel inferior at times considering what people are doing. I try to use it as motivation and that works the majority of the time but at others I just shake my head and wonder where people find the time to learn and do all these amazing things. It makes me feel lazy as I haven’t put out a podcast, learned any real programing languages (must learn something), or done any of a number of other things I want to do (seems like I need to come up with some new goals).
I couldn't agree more. I'm in awe of people like John Pederson and D'Arcy Norman who can customise and put together fantastic blogs with all of the bells and whistles. I want to get blogs in my classroom like Anne Davis and Bud Hunt but I'm unsure of where to start and to make sure that all the bases are covered. I would love to have the confidence and the tech-savviness of Steve Dembo and Paul Allison with their podcasting. The great thing is that of these educators are prepared to share their talents with the rest of us edtech pretenders. But to put things into perspective, this time last year I didn't even understand fully what a blog was and then in August, the whole world opened up. And as The Bionic Teacher is aware, there is still a huge percentage of educators for whom this world, this social software Web 2.0 Read/Write world still is unknown or simply not yet relevant.