The Do it Yourself Mentality is a unique term as it is opposite to what we think it would be. It ‘signals a shift away from dependency and obsessive consumerism toward a learner first attitiude, one of self reliance and can do spirit'( ch.1 – pg.6). By the sounds of it, most of us have adopted that attitude as we are stretching out of our comfort zones into areas formerly not of interest or thought of as a need. We are doing so with open minds and experimenting, as the documented research in Education and Technology and in this book, The Connected Educator, is showing many good reasons why we need to embrace it. The number one reason is for our students with reference to how they can learn and direct themselves into areas of interest and need. It is giving them independence to become interdependent with global networking. Basically it also shows students that life long learning is essential to be knowledgeable and informed.
We know that by working together in teams towards a common goal is rewarding, enriching, in some cases saves time and provides endless possibilities to arrive at some top notch places in education. Collaboration is talked about continually throughout this book in terms of goals, networking, sharing, researching, testing, trying and analyzing. The list could go on.
The one comment that resonated with me was about how Professional Development needs to be revisited, tested, tried, dissected, talked about and looked at through critical eyes. Over the years I have gone to many PD opportunities only to come back to the classroom, not really connected with anyone and finding myself overwhelmed to try and implement some new strategies and pedagogical practices. I think Rochelle wrote in a post that it is difficult throughout the school year to try to implement something as we are on the treadmill running hard and it requires a lot of time. Maybe by being connected with other learners we can reduce some of that time by working together to test and try strategies and giving each other some concrete feedback, advice and/or suggestions. Sounds like a support group.)
This week I am going to be committed to looking more closely at Twitter, blogging and Diigo to see how it can work for me. I have set these up but really haven’t utilized them fully. It may not be an authentic set up but something worth trying as I keep reading statements much llike the following from ch. 1 pg. 32.
‘She retweets that link to her own Twitter followers, sharing what she feels is a good resource, and then saves it on Diigo, her social bookmarking tool.