I am a lurker…but I am changing…
Am I a creator or a consumer?
I have a confession to make…I am a lurker…but I am changing…
Throughout reading chapters 1 & 2 from Jeff Utecht’s Reach I was thinking over the phrase “lurker”.
Was I one? Did I intentionally lurke? If so, why did I lurke?
After some soul searching I googled ” lurker” to see if I indeed was an online lurker, a quick google and wikipedia offered the following definition:
I had a little think about the social media that I use in my personal life. Where do I fit into all this:-
- Facebook – lurker ( I tend to consume information rather than create or share – my only post last in the past 12 months has been to inform friends of the birth of my daughter. )
- Twitter – lurker (who has dabbled a little at being a participator via retweets, favourites etc – but still falling short of creating content for others)
- Instagram -lurker ( not posted anything on there for years
- Linkedin – definite lurker (who has only updated his page once in the past 3 years)
- FaceTime and Skype -( hard to lurke when family and friends want to see the kids )
Unfortunately it looked like I was a consumer.
So then I thought why do I have a tendency to lurk with regards to social media. Is it because I am not sure what to post on twitter, or Facebook? Is it because I prefer to consume information rather than create it?
Reading further I came across this article, on AllThingsD.com “The End of online lurking” which makes me wonder even more about de-lurking, becoming accountable on the internet and being one of the 1% of people who create content not just consume it. Wikipedia helped to calm my thought by adding
So I guess it is time to de-lurk, it is time for active mode, it is time to become a creator of content. Coetail will make me push out of my safe bubble, I will begin to make comments on peoples blogs, I will begin to post regular blog posts and I will begin to use twitter in the correct manner rather than checking the latest football gossip.
My thoughts then turned to the classroom. What do I expect the children in my Grade 1 class to do when they use technology? Do we use the iPads that we have in class as tools to consume information?
In the classroom I ask the children to use the iPads and technology to “show their learning” as a tool to be able to share what they know. The iPads are not used just for the children to play ABC songs, or watch videos. They are used for a specific purpose to show their knowledge in all areas of the curriculum. With the help of the amazing ICT facilitator, who works in our school, we talk about the 4C’s in the classroom when using technology.
- Critical Thinking
I ask the children to create in my classroom. Yet I was not.
I ask the children to collaborate in my classroom. Yet I was not to other educators around the world .
I ask the children to communicate. Yet I was not with the world outside of my classroom.
I ask the children to critically think. Yet I was not.
Last year all the children in my Grade 1 were blogging. Sharing what they had created in school, communicating with a wider audience for a real purpose, sharing their collaborations with other people around the world, and critically thinking about the work they were producing.
The children were creating.
It is time for change
Technology moves so quickly and the children in my class need me to change to help them on their learning journeys. After watching a brilliant video with Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Creativity Expert and reading am excellent article taken from Wired. I have decided that the time for change is now.
I have a confession to make…I am a lurker…but I am changing…It is time for action. It is time to de-lurk!
Anyone care to help me on my way?