COETAIL – Course 4 Week 3

The Tech-centricity of Me.

What is it with me?  

Often I find myself reflecting on my actions and thoughts and wondering why did I think/say/do that?  My latest episode, or moment of clarity, was when I was on Twitter.  I looked at my “Followers” and “Following” numbers and noticed they were almost the same.  “Good”, I thought.  “Balance,,,,ahhh…not too lopsided either way…just the way I like it”.
I`d like to say that the balance was coincidental, but quite honestly, I prefer it that way.  I`ve deleted Twitter members that I no longer have interest in and I have blocked followers who are, quite obviously, “bots” or people who I simply do not know and who could possibly no way add to, or enhance, my Professional Learning Network.  Just to keep the balance.
I have many eccentricities but I think this is my first technology one.  I do like balance.  I like to see things even out.  I believe in Karma and the Taoist concept of yin yang.  In western terms I believe in even stevens.  And yes, I`m amazed too, my faith has now crept into my cyber-life.
Have you established any tech eccentricities, superstitions and habits that you are aware of?  If so please share!  I`d love to know that I am not alone.

The Power of Twitter and Establishing My Professional Learning Network

This time last year, I would NOT have read these in the past 24 hours –
A great blog post by Sean about integrating tech.
An internet safety guide for parents of G5 children written by a teacher in Vietnam.
Another article about online safety from Mashable
piece on why Google may have left China.

If it was a year ago, I would not have been able to quickly and conveniently invite a lot of teachers in the Kanto area to attend the Gr. 5 Tokyo International School Exhibition this Thursday evening.  I also wouldn’t have been able to receive prompt feedback from Jean.
I would not have been able to check in with Kim and ask how her presentation went today.
I wouldn`t have known about the WeAreWhatWeDo NPO and I also wouldn`t have known about PYPThreads and be able to catch up on the latest blog posts and forum discussions.
I wouldn`t have known what was going on in schools in India, Australia, Yokohama, Tokyo…….today.
I wouldn`t have found some of the most thought-provoking visuals I`ve seen created by a teacher on the net.

All in the last 24 hours.

My PLN has inspired me this year and for all those I am “following” out there, I want to say a big thank you for re-energizing this teacher.  At a time when I needed a boost, you came along.

My Twitter – my new mate who knows stuff.

One thought on “COETAIL – Course 4 Week 3

  1. It’s kind of fun to see people fall in love with Twitter. There is so much great stuff going on there, that when people don’t get it, I’m legitimately confused. But I think the idea of balance is an important one. And I like the idea of Zen Twitter 🙂

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