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1. Change your perspective. All action comes from a conscious change in the way you think.
2. Fire first, then aim. The spontaneous outpouring of ideas and concepts shouldn’t be interrupted by cold calculations of excessive reason. You’ll have time later to filter your thoughts.
3. Trust your gut. You consciousness is actually a small part of the total neural input to your brain. It’s only 1/1,000,000. There is a richness beneath the surface of mind that is available. Some call it intuition.
4. Don’t be afraid. Fear is the poison to creativity. Be bold and reckless.
I watched the State of the Union (SotUA)) at whitehouse.gov last week and was left wondering why they didn’t seem to be striving for increased use of emerging technologies. Much of my perception is probably due to my expectations following last year’s SotUA.
Last year, the Whitehouse had just launched their Drupal based interactive website. A year subsequent, I found myself looking for more new technologies. Based on the recent announcement, maybe I should have been looking in the direction of existing Social Media tools instead of internally created technologies.
The President will be holding a Google+ Hangout today, as a follow up to last week’s Address. The hangout is set for Monday at 2:30 p.m. California time and is supposed to be broadcast on the White House.gov site and his YouTube channel.
The emerging trend seems to be towards social media use and not necessarily internally developed technology solutions. This trend fits with my chosen professional playground of higher education as well as the federal government.
I’ve noticed, in the various institutions I’ve work with, a commonly held belief that we must create the next great technology or mashup of technologies, when many times the best solutions for our current circumstances exists right in front of our digitalis probiscis. The Whitehouse might just be riding the leading edge of governmental use of social media tools.
The Executive Office pushed strongly into social media in May by appointing Jesse Lee as the director of progressive media and online response. Prior to Mr. Lee’s appointment, the White House had never had such a position. Does your educational organization have a similarly titled position? Drop a comment; I’d be curious to know.
In this world of Educational Technologies we find ourselves filling roles such as Instructional Designer, Director of Innovation, Information Systems Architect, and Knowledge Managers. In each of these roles we are tasked with a similar, but slightly modified, charge as Jesse Lee - to make the administration popular on the web.
In our case, it is typically to improve the web standing of an educational institution or program. We also share similar bureaucratic circumstances with the Executive Branch, impacting our ability to effectively employ progressive media tools to accomplish our objectives. Time will be a telling point and it will be interesting to see if higher education follows the Whitehouse in engaging through social media across an ever evolving virtual landscape.
Frenzy is an emotional state, a feeling of being a little (or a lot) out of control. It is often underpinned by anxiety, sadness, anger, and related emotions. Emotions are processed by the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped brain structure. It responds powerfully to negative emotions, which are regarded as signals of threat. Functional brain imaging has shown that activation of the amygdala by negative emotions interferes with the brain’s ability to solve problems or do other cognitive work. Positive emotions and thoughts do the opposite — they improve the brain’s executive function, and so help open the door to creative and strategic thinking.
The last 7 days have served as a shining example of how Twitter significantly impacts my teaching, learning and professional development. A sampling my week’s Twimpact:
I attended an inspiring TED Talks salon event that I found out about via Twitter. Had I managed to learn about it through other means, it would have been after the tickets were sold out.
I read dozens of articles and blog posts that were shared by the people I follow, 22 of which were helpful enough that I bookmarked them for future use. I copied the links and shared via email 3 of these articles with certain teachers and administrators in my building.
I read 12 tweets that I thought could be valuable to others and were worth Re-tweeting (sharing) to my followers.
I learned about 2 apps that I downloaded to my iPad and believe will be very helpful.
I learned a new trick for the Promethean Board that I never would have known was possible.
I reconnected with a teacher friend and brilliant education mind with whom I had not spoken in 18 months. It led to a phone call and awesome conversation that I already know will impact a lesson for my students later this week.
I had conversations with 16 other educators, many of whom I’ve never met in person.
I had two former students reach out to share with me what is going on in their lives.
I found out about a webcast hosted by an MTV VJ in Mexico, from which I discovered two new bands whose music I could share with my students.
I connected with the lead singer of one of said bands who has agreed to Skype with one of my classes about life in Lima, Peru.
I connected with a Venezulean baseball reporter who has also committed to a Skype conversation in which he will provide a season preview of the Colorado Rockies and take my students’ questions about the team in Spanish.
And, so as not to leave out the celebrities, I favorited 8 tweets by Spanish-speaking artists that used the same vocabulary that my students were studying so as to provide them with examples of Real World, in-context use of our target learning.
"There are already today so many technologies that have so much potential if they are used appropriately," Wiley said. "We need fresh thinking. We’ll find pragmatic ways to move this stuff into practice."