I've always considered myself a Technologically inclined chap. I keenly follow new advancements and will slot whole days into my schedule to figure out a new gadget to its maximum potential. So joining a teaching course based on 21st Century technological integration in the classroom was a no brainer.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I had a minor meltdown this past Saturday morning over simultaneously setting up a twitter and blogger account. It's vital to add here that my grandmother has a twitter account.
It wasn't to do with any difficulty in the process itself that caused my frustration, rather it was the daunting concept of linking my online presence to the rest of you. Over thirty people are going to be linked to me at all times from now on, and that's even not including any keen observers looking in on this little EdTech experiment of ours.
At this point I had a revelation that, until now, my link to technology has been entirely antisocial. All my gadgets and surfing and even facebooking has revolved around me either passively absorbing information, or inputting it into a tight-nit easily controlled online setting. I have never integrated myself into a project of many people (strangers, really, though only for a short while) working collectively towards a goal larger than themselves. The fact of that now amazes me, because that is what 21st technology is all about. And with that realization, I find I've been incorrectly viewing new technology as an end in itself, and not the means with which I can make a contribution in "real life." Touch screens, smartboards and live feeds are tremendous advancements, but they're usefulness goes so much deeper then simple fodder for gadget hounds like myself. As a teacher, I am going to have to get very used to linking my life collectively with groups, and that is the first and easily the most important lesson this cohort has given me thus far.
So I share this lesson with all of you, though to some it will surely be old hat. We have to do this together folks, it's sink or social.