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In this crazy busy world sometimes it is difficult to know which way to turn when the plate is full and overflowing with daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Last week an educator, whom I have never met, called from another state to inform me that a link to a resource that was posted on the
Maine Arts Education pages wasn’t working. We ended up chatting for 20 minutes learning about each others work and just before we hung up she said: “I am sorry for interrupting your work flow”. I thought, how polite of her!

Our work is full of learning opportunities. And, working in the education world it seems that being a life-long learner is necessary to survival; not to mention it provides many surprises in life! How do we handle the interruptions of our flow, not just by phone calls, but by the rapid changes that are taking place in this century? How can we maneuver successfully?

We are all well aware of the importance of utilizing technology to help facilitate learning. How do educators select what tools to learn about and once that is done, how do they use them effectively and efficiently? Once we add something to the plate, which item goes away so we can focus enough time on what we’ve added? Periodically, I come back to these questions; they don’t go away, however; the answers do change.

Presently my most regular tools are: blogs, wikis, Skype, and Dropbox. How do I use these?
  • I share information with a larger population on blogs,
  • We collaboratively build ideas in wikis,
  • We have daily meetings with Skype, and
  • We easily share documents in Drop Box.

With information changing so rapidly we need to look at where we can get the greatest return for our effort. When selecting technology to assist my work I am mindful of the following:
  • Communicating more frequently with a larger audience with “blips” of information to encourage educators think and ask questions about education
  • Opportunities to plant seeds
  • Updating others with information
  • Sharing ideas and work that is done individually

As we launch this SEADAE blog I hope each of the state representatives will think about how quickly the landscape is changing. The SEADAE blog can provide the environment and opportunity for a variety of personal voices. We can share the lessons we have learned which allows our colleagues to not only improve their knowledge, but also understand the context for those "blips" of information.

No longer is “content” king, now, it’s “curation”. You can learn more about “curation” on wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_curation.

I have been blogging at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/ for two years and have recently learned in a survey the value of that blog to others. Each week there are between 900 and 1400 visitors to the blog. I get e-mail and am told in person that it is a valuable resource for other educators.

As you survey your already too full plate consider taking the time to communicate your thoughts and important information by using a blog, or collaborate with someone using one of the other technology tools and you will find that you have actually reduced the amount on your plate.

Argy Nestor
Director of Arts Education
Maine Arts Commission
25 State House Station
Augusta ME 04333
argy.nestor@maine.gov
207-287-2713
MAC Arts Education
Posted: 9/7/2016 2:54:27 PM by Slater Mapp | with 0 comments


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