Lately, it seems as if you blink, you can miss a great deal. Information is ZIPPING by us at remarkable speeds and it is almost impossible now to keep up.
I use ZITE, Flipboard, RSS, twitter, edmodo, facebook and more — which floods my computer with information. I search digital footprints, cyber ethics, internet safety, online education, QR codes, flipped classrooms, and more — on google reader and every day there is more and more to read, to see, to filter, to experience.
I just recently started a podcast and want the info to be current — but sometimes it is out-dated by the time my show goes live (sometimes within 24 hours of it being posted.)
I will admit — I can be a “time snob” and often see some tweets go by and will honestly think “really, you are just noticing that now — that was so, like, 2 weeks ago”. And I wonder what am I missing because everything is coming and going so quickly.
I do so love being alive right now — and being a part of such an exciting time as this — but, I have to admit, I miss the slower pace (at times). But I can only think about that for a moment, and then I am back in the rush of learning again.
It is no longer an option to “stay current” as much as a necessity to do your best to “keep up”.
I appreciate the opportunities that have stood the test of time and still remain current and use-able: edmodo, wordle, wordpress, gmail, gdocs, skype, powerpoint — yet I know so many other options are out there as well. And it is important to be able to showcase to teachers MORE than just what I am comfortable with using.
And I wonder —
How do we juggle staying current when the speed of technology is faster than we can comprehend?
How do we not stay complacent with the comfortable and move into new opportunities?
How do we encourage teachers to change when they no longer can ease into it — but have to be ready to run?
What are you doing — to manage all this?
I would appreciate your wisdom.