Reflections on #ETMOOC

January 22, 2013

Hoarding, curating and sharing

Filed under: Uncategorized — by BettyAnnX @ 9:28 AM

Someone described themselves as a “hoarder” of information online in an earlier blog post.  (Sorry I wish I could remember who said that.  Must work on tagging.) That sent off loudly ringing bells in my head.  I, too, am a hoarder, although I don’t mean to keep everything to myself.  I collect to share.  The sticking point is, what’s the best way to share?  With a colleague, I started a PLN at my school which worked really well for many years to bring us together, share ideas, and work through projects.  I love working on professional development with teachers so we can grow together.  But I still haven’t found a truly effective way to share online.

I have great education/teaching/tech information scattered all over the place.  It’s even semi-organized (thanks to Dropbox and Livebinders).  After the session yesterday on collaborating and curating ( Introduction to Social Curation ) I am even more determined to figure out how to improve my skills of curation and sharing.  My particular concern is reaching teachers who don’t feel that they have the time and energy to go online and interact with others.  How can I streamline and simplify access to great stuff for the very dedicated and hardworking teachers I’ve worked with?  In particular, I work with a group of teachers on SmartLearning (http://www.smartlearning.ca/) and have tried a few different ways to create a community online.  I am reinspired to try and redesign online access for them.  (Any suggestions?  We have a blog and Facebook page/group but they’re not very active.)

Another facet to this is streamlining my information flow.  I loved Deb Seed’s “Coping with Information Overflow” http://debseed.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/revision-99/#comment-134 and my next immediate goal is to modify it for myself and then actual do it!  Thanks, Deb.

So, goals for now:  organize all my great resources and information, start putting it out there more effectively, create a workflow system for myself, and work more on the online SmartLearning community.

New note Jan. 29, 2013:  I found the original blog about hoarding that prompted this reflection!  http://etmooclearnings.blogspot.ca/2013/01/confessions-of-digital-hoarder.html Thanks, Kristen Swanson!

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11 Comments »

  1. I too fall somewhere along the sliding scale of hoarding to sharing. The shame of it is as soon as I organized a diigo account I immediately marked it as private. Habit is part of it I expect, and it will have to become a habit I learn to break. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to share!

    Comment by Karen Young — January 22, 2013 @ 11:42 AM |Reply

  2. I really connected with you when I read about your concern to reach” teachers who don’t feel that they have the time and energy to go online and interact with others. How can I streamline and simplify access to great stuff for the very dedicated and hardworking teachers I’ve worked with? In particular, I work with a group of teachers on SmartLearning (http://www.smartlearning.ca/) and have tried a few different ways to create a community online. I am reinspired to try and redesign online access for them. (Any suggestions? We have a blog and Facebook page/group but they’re not very active.”
    I see that we have a lot in common:. Seeker, hoarder, sharer with a desire to support professional development in our institutions. I have also have tried different ways to encourage instructors to work together to build a community of support. After two years , numerous f2f meetings, a PD blog (www.arcticcollege/blogs/, a PD Ning site, a PD staff conference,and an online survey to find out what staff want in the way of support, still no commitment—some nibbles but no bites. Maybe the time isn’t right but I want to take another look at what we are doing and see if I too can get reinspired. So one of my goals in #etmooc is to think more deeply about what motivates educators to become self directed learners and take charge of their own professional development. I hope that we can have more dialogue about this. Keep the questions coming.

    Comment by lindapemik — January 22, 2013 @ 12:50 PM |Reply

    • I am also keen to share good practice with colleagues. I have set up an elearning teacher learning community and facilitate a Yammer online network. Not many takers for either yet, and it’s hard to get past the ‘I don’t have enough time’ argument and convince people that it will be worth the effort. I think some of the ideas coming out of this community will be very relevant. I’m also going to a couple of workshops at the end of Jan where I hope to pick up some tips. I can share what I’ve learnt here, at least!

      Comment by debseed — January 22, 2013 @ 3:43 PM |Reply

  3. I also read the post on digital hoarding and can’t remember who wrote it 😦

    I used to provide professional development where I worked and I took a different approach to sharing. I focused on taking a global approach so that if individuals within my organisation weren’t interested or had minimal commitment it didn’t matter because I had developed a vibrant community, was helping others and it kept me sane for when they were ready. Change takes time, and this type of change, can take years, so you need to focus on a long term plan. They might not get it now but one day it will click and they will be ready.

    What makes them take charge of their own professional development? Often it is finding something that interests them in their personal life that makes them want to spend the time to learn. They are more like my husband, a reluctant user, but given an iPad which he loves using each night, he has gradually upskilled himself. Three years later it has just clicked that apps are better than the web interface and ebooks make it easier. Some times you just have to plant the seeds.

    In terms of your own educators use a blend of the spaces they are in and modelling areas you think would help their students. For example, Facebook as most can relate to it, use an email subscription option if you use a blog.

    Comment by Sue Waters — January 22, 2013 @ 2:29 PM |Reply

  4. Glad you liked the mindmap :). I envy you though, and everybody else, who posts to their blog on a regular basis. I’ve set myself a target of once a week, and that’s going to be tough. I have bloggers block 😦

    Comment by debseed — January 22, 2013 @ 3:34 PM |Reply

    • Maybe this will help you Deb to know I get bloggers block? Sometimes the words I want to say fight with me. When I know it is bloggers block as opposed to not knowing what I want to say — then I’ll force myself to write the post.

      And my Achilles heel is post titles 😦 I really struggle with titles.

      Comment by Sue Waters — January 22, 2013 @ 5:24 PM |Reply

    • After I settled in that I blog for me, it got easier. I find doodling and notes on Evernote during the day as I find things or think… Then I can piece together or just ignore later. It can be valuable to learning but also just your own creative process. Serendipity by scrapbook. 🙂

      Comment by Al Smith — January 22, 2013 @ 10:33 PM |Reply

      • Yes, I found that perspective freed me to just write. I started out thinking I had to produce polished, insightful pieces each time. Intimidating and, in the end, stopped me from writing.

        Comment by bettyannx — January 23, 2013 @ 8:30 AM

  5. I’ve come to believe in a few principles with regards to sharing and curation. Not that different than the old bankers box really- if it hasn’t been opened, edited, or given away recently, chuck it out. …my rationale here> https://reflectiveteacher2012.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/connected-curation-needs-to-be-short-term/.

    Comment by Al Smith — January 22, 2013 @ 10:28 PM |Reply

  6. […] Jan: ‘Hoarding, curating and sharing’ by bettyannx Someone described themselves as a “hoarder” of information online in an […]

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