In the last few weeks I have been trying to drum up business. Hoping to get teachers to work with new tools in the classroom, always a challenge as the year draws to a close. Anyway…
I have been hearing more and more of the following lately.
- Why should I learn this tool, won’t there just be another one?
- What is ONE I should be using.
- There are too many tools what is the best one?
I sympathize. I try to offer a couple of tools for each task but there are always new, better and cooler tools coming along. I get excited about them so I share.
Today I read the post I’m Still Rezzing by Bob Sprankle. You really need to read the post in its entirety, it covers a lot of ground. He writes;
In a sense, isn’t so much of the Internet still rezzing? Most of the tools we use are either still in beta or are an early draft in a long lineage of updates. Many of the technologies that we think are brilliant today will be replaced with even better realizations in the future.
We are working with a medium still in flux, perhaps forever in the process of becoming the instrument we dream of.
Bob really explains well what I have been feeling and trying unsuccessfully to share with the teachers I work with. There is never really an end. We always learn and grow. There have always been new programs and technologies it is just that they are coming at us much faster. Therefor use the tools that you find useful, feel free to chose. No longer is it dictated to you what tools you will work with. And freedom of choice comes with responsibility. So be flexible, be open, be an explorer.
…And yet, most of the time, we are forgiving. We’ve become accustomed to websites being down, browsers crashing, incompatible applications, constant problem solving. Our response to technical issues is to find alternatives, seek upgrades, reconfigure. I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s given up on the Internet because of its problems. We understand that the Internet is still evolving.
This is so true, we just keep plugging along. I need to stress this to the teachers who tend to give up a bit too easily. You are already a trouble shooter and have learned Internet adaptability. The Internet is evolving and so are you. Keep learning, experimenting and never give up. In the words of Dora “just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.”