...the overwhelming volume of [educational technology] causes a “paralysis of choice” where those that are trying to become techno-literate teachers throw up their hands in disgust and just say “too much!” Another issue is support. Too many choices require too much professional development. While it is nice to think every teacher everywhere can be self motivated to learn, I have found that many do not have the time.
And then asks:
...how many of us use multiple social networking sites Plurk, Twitter, Facebook and Myspace? Do we really need that many sites? How many of us read multiple news sites that actually have the same information? CNN? Fox News? Drudgereport? Multiple email accounts? Multiple Blogs? How many of us maintain multiple websites?
(Fox News? Drudgereport? I don't think so, but ...)
And Tim offers a challenge:
Could you cut yourself down to just six essential websites and two gadgets for an entire week?
OK. I think I could.
My essential websites are:
- Squarespace (my blog)
- Twitter (OK, let the teasing begin.)
- Pulse on my iPad (which is kind of a cheat since it is a news aggregator)
My essential device(s):
I could get by with just my MacBook Air, but I am using my iPad more and more.
Our district has moved reluctantly into throwing too many tools at our teachers at one time for the reasons Tim suggests - overload is counter productive. And I am not too sure why, once people are comfortable with the sharing and co-editing features of GoogleDocs, why access to wikis, Moodle, and other social networking sites is critical for 90% of teachers.
Remember the days of "memes?" Blog this challenge on your site! What are your 6 essential tools and 2 essential devices?
Thanks to Miguel Guhlin for the heads up on this post. His own reaction is well worth reading.