Wednesday, November 27, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things. (at Coronado Beach)

These are a few of my favorite things. (at Coronado Beach)

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Thursday, November 21, 2013


Since I’m stuck at the Burbank Airport for a few hours, I purchased some food I’d never eat anywhere BUT an airport. The young lady who rang up my order said, “You’re number 60 and you look gangsta in your hat.”

So at least I have that going for me.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

My Guest Appearance on TheatreCast #36- Triple Threat

I was lucky to be invited as a guest today on TheatreCast. Nick & Danielle were a blast to hang out with! We talked about Google +Hangouts, Shakespeare, and how exciting a time it is to be an educator.

I can't help but be a little jealous of these guys and their great show. I miss the podcasting world that was such a huge part of what I was doing in 2005-2007 with ShakespeareCast. I'm constantly thinking of bringing that sucker back. If only there were more time to be had....

Friday, November 01, 2013

Is Your PLN Making You Lazy?

So I've noticed something recently. People in my Twitter personal learning network are beginning to misuse it and I don't think they're aware of it.

"Who are you to say how Twitter should be used for educational networking?!?" you ask?

Nobody. I only just hit a thousand followers and four thousand tweets a week ago after six years on Twitter and am making a career out of hanging around brilliant people until they think I'm one of them.
But I am an expert communicator, and I think we're getting lazy.

What's happening is that people - educators - are starting to ask searchable questions. Now from the asker's perspective, this may seem petty: "It's more fun to ask questions of a live person!" Fine. Have fun. But what do you tell a student when they ask a searchable question? "Google it." What do you reply in emails to colleagues? How many of you have used to respond to a question? (If you haven't, you should try it out.)

We should hold ourselves to the same standard we hold our students and not burden our busy PLN colleagues until after we've searched.

Thinking in terms of Bloom's Taxonomy, I want to have Twitter discussions around higher level questions that challenge me to apply, analyze, evaluate and create. I want to be able to reply with more questions and to attack problems collaboratively. I don't want to Google it for you.

So while it may sound petty, I'm asking you to respect your PLN. Ask the next question, not the searchable one.

Now excuse me while I go tweet what I had for lunch. @Seanjay if you're interested.