The learning stream keeps on rollin’ by.

Had a wonderful conversation this morning with a longtime colleague and educator. Among other topics, we chatted about the access to knowledge and learning available via twitter.  He described a very normal reaction from some.  “It’s overwhelming!  So much information!  How do you keep track of it all?!”

I don’t even try to keep track of it all.

I described my twitter feed, using TweetDeck, where I am following 3187 people, as a ‘slot machine, constantly spinning’, as those 3187 people add ideas, thoughts, questions, etc. to the twittersphere.  Then I figured out, in our conversation, that I had a much better description for all that information.

It’s better described as a ‘learning stream.’ It’s always flowing.  I can stand on the bank, at my leisure, and watch it go by.  I can reach in and pull out an idea when I see one floating by that captures my interest.  I don’t try to scroll the stream back to see what I missed.  I figure if it’s a good idea, concept, question, it will float by again.  I can walk away from the bank and visit a school, a colleague, or a group of students.  The stream keeps flowing while I’m gone.  That’s ok.  My visits might give me an idea, concept, or question to throw out into the stream for somebody else to pull out.

fishing

Don’t sweat following lots more people than follow you.  I think that’s the right ratio. Listen more than you talk.  But don’t be afraid to share. You never know who’s waiting just downstream for you to throw something great into the water.

Author: Jeff Nelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 36 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 5 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years. jnelson@fifeschools.com twitter.com/jeffnelsonTLI

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