This is a picture of me, sitting at a cafeteria table, 3rd period, gloomy Tuesday, monitoring study hall. My colleague Rose is on the other side of the table–outside the frame–diligently working through a stack of grading.
An observant reader may notice the lack of stack in front of me. A thoughtful reader, and a particularly kind one, may silently congratulate me on the absent stack. Not so fast, Dear Reader; it’s upstairs. Mildly sorted. In a bag. On a chair. Behind my desk.
What a particularly astute reader still may miss is that the picture above is of an ostrich with her head in the sand, which may or may not be the first of several analogies used to mediocre effect in this post.
Why is my head buried is that imaginary sand? It’s my response to overwhelming amounts of input, and it’s a personal intellectual, and perhaps emotional, failing of mine. “Everything but the kitchen sink” makes me run from the kitchen.
What does this have to do with EdTech and media? How could this possibly be an #ETMOOC post?
I’ve started using my Twitter account again and also, last night, joined an #ETMOOC orientation session on the Blackboard Collaborate space. There were a lot of interesting ideas tossed around, like about digital citizenship and making learning visible, but I had a hard time thinking about them (and kept jumping to other pages during the session, thereby “checking out”) because I was overwhelmed.
There’s no aha moment here, no clarity of vision, no life changing ideas. Perhaps, Reader, you can offer some in the comments?