A few days back, I re-introduced my “model” of what 21st Century LEARNing Culture might…should look like.
You know, the type of organisational or institutional climate that might…could create the working / learning environments that would allow us all to be the best possible versions of ourselves.
I did the original version around 30 months ago but decided it needed an upgrade…
I was well-proud of myself…these things take ages to create!
…that was till a dear friend of mine got me some “feedback”!
Feedback via Twitter (in three or four DMs, of course)!
The feedback went something like this:
“I love the way you put your rose-coloured glasses on when you do posts”…
(I knew what was coming)
“…there are just too many ideas there…too many thunks, as you would say – couldn’t you just give us a simple version…a snappier version that we could all remember”!
He had a point (buggar) and I had a go:
Not too shabby…if I say so meself!
Snappy, sexy…and…grounded on the communicative power of the number “3”.
A politician’s wet dream…
Then, I smelled the coffee!
Why was I doing this?
Why was I “dumbing” down what I believe in – for an “audience”…of one?
Why was I aggreeing with someone that it is OK to drag our thunking down to the lowest common denomitator…or wordbite?
Because, sadly, we live in a world that has become addicted to “solving” its problems in one of four ways:
Sometimes all four at once!
…and the little Twitter bird tells us this is OK.
Not just “OK” but a prerequisite…if you want to be “liked” or “followed”…
– is Tony getting ready for a rant, acaba?
Nooooooo – when have you ever heard me “rant”?
This post has been in the pipeline for a while – I wanted to look at how we (as TEACHers) are using Twitter to help us LEARN…ADAPT to the rapidly changing eco-systems that we live in…and use the tools that these systems are giving us.
Oh, yes….and share a few useful links!
The rant (that never was) was an after-thunk…I might come back to it later.
Those of you that know me and connect over twitter, know that I share….big time! Twitter has become my main vehicle for sharing things I stumble across…I am interested in…I am sent.
I read a LOT.
I signed up for Twitter in February 2011 – like most men, I was a late developer.
I wanted to use my Twitter account to share good stuff on LEARNing, EDUcation and TRAINing – and 99.99% of my tweets are about these things (the rest are about my dog….Dexter and my favourite “guilty pleasure”….Dexter)!
Since that time, I have clocked up around 11,400 tweets – 95% of which carry a bit of “bedtime reading” – a link to a blog post, an article or report, or an infographic….even a video or podcast (from time to time).
HELLO! My name’s Tony and I’m a tweep!
Well, I haven’t tweeted for 2 hours, 37 minutes and…
DAMN! …fell off the wagon, again!’
That’s around 1.6m characters (each tweet allows you 140 of those) I have thrown into the tweetiverse (you can guess this word, yes? I’ll be doing this a lot in this mini-series).
BUT, and…as I said – I read a LOT!
Because of my love of “BEDtime READing” and my talent for wishing to inflict it on others – that means that there are, approximately, another 11 to 13 million words I have communicated to my other tweeps…through the tweets I have sent over the past 30 months!
Now, on the whole – my bouts of tweetery have been greeted “warmly“. Many of them are RT’ed (retweeted)…a lot of them are “favourited” (I’m guessing to be saved for laters…as we TEACHers are often in a class when the little twitter ringtone kicks in).
Every now and again I get a lovely little tweet or DM (direct message) saying something like:
Yasemin’s comment, BTW, could be roughly translated as “These links are sick“! (“sick” in teenage-speak, yani…meaning “so cool”)! OK – so she actually said “I am sick about these links of yours”! – but that does not translate as well…
Just so you know!
But, what got me thunking…was whether I had done the LEARNing that 13 million words (of READing) seemed to suggest. Whether my tweeps had also done the same amount of LEARNing…or (even) READing…as I had done.
Maybe, they had done even more!
And, perhaps more importantly…how had we used that LEARNing for ourselves – and to add value to our classroom practice and LEARNers.
I realised I needed to do some research….#crowdsourcing even!
How would YOU answer these questions?