When Children Text All Day, What Happens To Their Social Skills? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/children-texting-technology-social-skills_n_1137570.html?ref=email_share
There are a lot of great points made in this article and I posted this same article as an extension for learning to the online Intel Elements Collaboration course I am currently facilitating with many state leaders. Many of the leaders I am working with are struggling to see the value of Twitter as a professional learning community for a substantial part of PD, and texting in the educational setting- so I posted this response to my learners:
I will be the devils advocate here to some of your reflections you have posted this past week- it is good to mix it up - I learn 75% of my PD from Twitter- yes- it is true. I have set up my PLN of Twitter friends to only focus on high quality PD learning outcomes with like minded individuals. I ONLY follow edtech leaders- it is professional learning network and I keep it ALL professional. I pose questions to my Twitter community- that I normally would never get an answer from my local colleagues, where my online PLN provides me with a multitude of solutions and avenues to extend my learning.
I find out about the latest online free conferences and tap into these learning opportunities 24/7 to meet my demanding schedule. I take time to personalize my learning through learning reflections on my blog to share my new gained skills/expertise or pose new questions so viewers can share their knowledge with me through a blog post, setup times to Skype with new Twitter friends to take my learning deeper or learn from others, and then when the opportunity arises- attend national conferences to seek out these same individuals to meet them face-to-face and make the meaningful connection.
There is an independence towards this new way of learning. I have the freedom to opt in or out of the learning and am in control of my learning adventures and final learning destinations. I am tired of the set and get and lecture style approach- it does not meet my learning style or personal needs. So let's take a step back and really view how our students are learning today.
Have we made the effort to personalize their learning for each and everyone one of our students? Or are we only offering learning opportunities that make the most sense to us- because that is how we learn best and we are comfortable with it? When is the last time you asked a student how they learn best and why- and provide them an opportunity to share their expertise and a learning example or digital product with you through a personalized learning plan?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jww5Ik45o0k&feature=results_main&playnext=1&list=PL806901F622062CB5