Class on the Web



Tonight, I met with half of my doctoral cohort through Adobe Connect.  Previously we’ve used Go To Meeting and Google Hangouts.  It’s still an imperfect science, for the students and the professor.  There are some frustrations that come with this activity – sometime it really works out, and sometimes it doesn’t.  Tonight, however, I saw a master a work.  Dr. Bonni… she’s a pro.  I’m appreciative of her skills and her patient spirit.  There is so much for all of us to learn… and so much for all of us to share and teach.  I can imagine that, eventually, I’ll become as skilled at all of this as I am with a white board marker and my teacher’s version of the textbook.  It takes an open mind and practice.  Well, looks like I’ll be seeking out some more experts to follow because I’d like to blend some practice with my theory!

Seek – Sense – Share




SEEK – Over the years I’ve grown pretty adept at the Seek portion, but usually only as a “point of need” strategy for finding research that I needed at that moment.  It certainly wasn’t a deliberate “habit of the mind”.  So now, I am actively SEEKING out information, education, and inspiration.  But, I think this graphic says it all.  It’s pretty overwhelming to jump in.  Isn’t there a drip system?  I guess that’s what my new memberships with Feedly, Twitter (@sknorton_), and WordPress (follow me here!) are all about.  I’ve chosen a few feeds and blogs to follow and, right now, I have plenty of incoming information!

SENSE – I’m having a bit of trouble with this step of the PKM system, not because I don’t know how to make sense of the information, but because I’m having trouble making sense out of all my new APPs!  I know that I will work this out within a few weeks, but right now I’m wasting more time than I’m saving… unfortunately. This is where Evernote, Feedly, and Dropbox really come in.  I even “curated” some very, VERY helpful tutorials on Evernote… in my Evernote.  Would anyone like me to share those?  Most of them came from a very helpful chap on YouTube named Steve Dotto.  Here’s a link to his channel with many helpful tech videos!

SHARE – I’m also struggling with this step a bit because I feel awkward about asking people to read my thoughts and opinions.  But, as this “funnel” graphic demonstrates, this step helps me and can help my colleagues to filter through the material and share only the very best articles, tools, etc.  How am I sharing?  Well, this BLOG is the main vehicle for sharing.  I also employ Twitter by posting these blog posts for my friends and followers.  I’m going to start a weekly Content Curation blog post where I link, explain, and share some of my best finds each week.  Who knows?  Maybe I will get some followers, too!