Monday, June 4, 2012

Look Beside the Box #edtech

All too often we profess that you must think outside the box.  While this is certainly true and good advice, I often tout that you must also think beside the box.  What the heck am I talking about?  Related links of course.

When doing research or following a link in a status update I always take a quick peek at the links off to the side that are supposedly "related" or "similar".  I have found some really amazing stuff this way.

Take for example the video Cain's Arcade (which if you haven't seen, I highly recommend).  Off to the side are a number of related links (I believe based on tags).  On of these in this case included "29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time"  That 1:31 video sent chills up my spine!  And better yet you get to find out more about Sarah Churchman's story by following the link in the video description to her blog:  Her's is an amazing and inspiring story indeed, that I would have missed had I not looked to the side.

Another scenario is almost any news service or blog you visit on the web.  Almost always there is an extra nugget waiting for you.  Whether it be a link to a suggested blog in a blogroll or simply a related article there is always something around the corner.  Take for example the Blog post by John Schammell "School Isn't Like a Job"  My Summify (glad my account still works) summary recently sent me here and while this in itself is a wonderful post - off to the side tucked under the blog roll was a link to Think Thank Thunk  which is the blog of Math and Science teacher and Tedx speaker Shawn Cornally.

One of my golfing idols Walter Hagen has been quoted as saying: ""Don't hurry, don't worry, you're only here for a short visit, so be sure to smell the flowers along the way." Suprisingly, that applies to web browsing as well.  It's important to look at the content that is available.  Initially this may lead to what Leslie Fisher affectionately calls "shiny syndrome"  but as you start to get better at it you'll be able to weed out those things that really matter and find yourself on a path of knowledge that will allow you to grow and expand your horizons.
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