Chicken or egg conundrum- Technology Adoption #6 Blog
In my mind, technology adoption is a chicken and egg conundrum. Which comes first…learning how to use technology or adoption? Some would argue that the two are the same, but the reality is that merely learning how to use a new technology does not mean adoption. Case in point, my Twitter account laid unused for years until I recently started using it. Yes, I have Linked-in but rarely update it. I learned about Prezi, but I admit I rarely use it. I would argue that technology is highly interactive so the only way to understand it is to actually try it out. No commitment is required. How can you judge something, till you try it out?
Why you might ask is this important? Why venture into the realm of the unknown? For grant writers, it is important that we are technology aware in order to be competitive and for the educator, I would challenge that being up-to-date on technology is critical to being an educational leader. As a kid once told me, “Don’t be 21st Century late”.
So the technology quest began with my friends over at KCSOS Educational Technology. I credit the majority of what I have learned from KCSOS Ed Technology along with the Cal. State Fresno Educational Leadership Doctoral program. Two years ago, I never used Google Plus or even knew the concept of a Google Hang Out. Three months ago, I admit I was rarely on Twitter and never used any other social media besides Facebook. My technology challenge is to try out one new tool a month and/or attend a seminar on technology whenever possible. Recently I had the opportunity to attend a workshop by the national guru James Spello and also attend a local class by The Bakersfield Californian Jamie Butow our local social media guru. Here are some highlights and some of their favorite websites for us to check out. I dare you to try one new tech tool. <br>
James Spello – Way cool education tools
• Flipboard – Curating publications
• Storify – Storytelling through curation
• Poll Everywhere – Text-based polling
• Piktochart – Infographics creation
Check out James Spello at http://www.meeting-u.com/
Jamie Butow’s Tips:
• Check out what is trending at http://mashable.com/
• Twitter Tips – don’t use 3 hashtags in a tweet, don’t start a tweet with @username; asked questions 80% interacting and 20%
• Pinterest – focuses on topics made up of people with interest. This is stuff for later for websites. Pininterest is the leader in Ecommerce. Only post once a week unlike Twitter and Facebook that posts more often. It is not a conversation but more idea based.