Again, it has been quite a frustrating day playing in this world of digital literacy and trying to complete class assignments. However, I know that I am not alone. I have read quite a few blog postings all day and this evening, so I know a few of my classmates can relate.
There is so much to read and do; and not knowing how to do them or discovering that I am doing it wrong simply adds on to the overwhelming tasks. Although, all I want to do right now is vent and gripe some more about my inadequacy with technology, I decided that I am going to blog on something more positive and hopefully more meaningful and helpful for me in this post.
Under the “tools readings” provided for class, I came across “8 Reasons You Should Have a Professional Blog” by Tom Barrett. I thought, hmm, this would be good for me since I am such a cynic, not to mention naïve, about digital literacy and social media. Below, I will list the 8 items mentioned in the blog by Barrett and challenge myself to an exercise, where I will then interpret and give it my own spin of interpretation without having read Barrett’s first. Here goes…
- Make Room for Yourself: Kind of like a physical exercise, this is would be a place and activity for me to knowledge dump, think through ideas, and reflect.
- Catharsis: Interestingly enough, it has been therapeutic in writing these few blogs. I wouldn’t call them professional at this point, but sharing and reading some of the same struggles along my classmates has been helpful in this learning process.
- Model a Growth Mindset: Thus, this self-talk (blog) and exercise that I just created for myself. I’ve been failing A LOT, but I know that the discoveries in these mistakes have allowed me to grow in the digital knowledge, and not to give up learning and playing in it.
- A Space to Reflect: I have learned as educators that it is critical to reflect in general. I believe that there are always room for improvement and efficiency. Reflection also takes critical thinking, hopefully allowing me to fix flaws or giving myself a pat on the back for something going well.
- Ship Your Ideas: Something I have learned in my research class is the need to share ideas. Why reinvent the wheel? Perhaps, a study has been already done where I can borrow the idea or tailor it to fit my needs. Thus, the need to do the same and share best practices.
- Gain Perspective: Since writing my blog is already my own perspective, I would assume that this would mean reading others who comment on my blogs. These could be the acknowledgment of sharing similar ideas or insights from others that would enlighten me.
- Build a Community: Connecting and networking with others in similar, professional field could be beneficial in different ways, whether it’s sharing the same frustrations and struggles with our students to providing guidance to a solution.
- Build a Professional Thinking Archive: For me, this would tie into items three and four on this list. I must admit that this is one of the exciting part for me about blogging for the first time, especially as I blog with some topical restrictions (for class purposes). I know it would be funny to read my grips about digital literacy, but more importantly, I want to see myself move on beyond a superficial level of blogging as I develop this “thinking archive.”