In reviewing this week’s RSS I came across an article by Jeff Utecht entitled, “What Does it Mean to Disconnect?” I found his thoughts to be those that sparked reflection and perhaps action and asked myself “How much time do I spend consuming versus creating?”
As more and more information becomes available to us in real time, what choices do we make about what we receive? Do we engage in practices that allow for more input than output? Do we take what is given to us and use it to delve deeper into a topic and produce a product? What do we do with what we do (with our time and with the information gained within the time)?
As we continue in the world of technology innovation, the words written and sung by John Lennon begin to have new meaning, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” Technology has provided the opportunity for us to connect. How we do that, responsible nonetheless, is up to us. Will we use it to inspire and aspire? How do we use this innovation to enrich our teaching and learning practices? Do we take an approach that allows us to prepare for the future? An approach that is summarized perfectly in the article written by George Siemens, “The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses.”