I feel a little funny about evaluating my PKM system because I feel like mine is worthy of an elementary school science fair…from 1997. Haha!
In the video that I’ve linked to this blog post (from Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons”), Lewis is applauded by his future family for his failure. I think I want to be adopted by the Robinson’s, too, but I think I need to give myself a break and stop focusing on the parts that are still lacking. I’ve grown… I am now on Twitter! I now blog! I now carry THREE apple devices with me on vacation. That’s progress.
So, regarding my PKM system, I have definitely streamlined some of my elements and I believe I’ve equalized the “flow chart”. When I first designed my system, I chose a “funnel” method that resulted in A LOT of information coming in (Capturing) through Twitter, Feedly, WordPress, EBSCO, Facebook, and other subscription services. Those articles and ideas sat in the middle of my design (Curating) as I thought about the information and how it could apply to my life and my career. Specifically, I employ Evernote to keep my reading organized and accessible. Between Evernote, Feedly, and Easybib (where I store my references), my curation process is pretty well stocked.
The biggest change in the system is that I’ve opened up the bottom funnel… opening the flood gates?… and I’ve increased my creation of material through my blog with Word Press, my Twitter account, and my other writings for classes, my dissertation, and my other social media such as Instagram and Facebook. I’m still a bit uncomfortable, but I am so appreciative of my cohort friends and professors who have read my thoughts and encouraged me with comments. I think that has really been the key to this final stage of the PKM. I really hope to teach this method with my high school students this year, giving them the support of an engaged peer group and an applauding teacher. That has made all the difference in opening up my creation/sharing of information.