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I googled myself and didn’t find very much. I’m not sure that’s a good thing. From the reading I’ve done, to be “googled well,” could open up a lot of doors for learning, for sharing, for creating.
For me, it’s not a problem of whether or not to create a positive digital footprint, it’s a problem of knowing how to. I feel like I started too late and I can’t catch up. I’m just getting the hang of blogging, and now it seems everyone is curating on Tumblr.
Technology has not moved seamlessly into my life. I have to work hard at it. Is it that I am not a digital native? When it comes to technology, my way of learning seems laboured and time consuming.
According to Will Richardson, “Publishing content online not only begins the process of becoming “Googleable,” it also makes us findable by others who share our passions or interests.” As an older educator, I think this is where the shift has to happen. I was recently in a workshop on the use of Twitter. Someone in the audience said, “I really don’t think I have much to share.” We were raised in an era when published “experts” told us what to do and how to think. Another example: Our school has been looking for an expert to guide us in the use of ipads in the classroom. There are many local school districts who would like to create a community of practice on this topic, but not one who want to tell us how to do it. The era of the sage on the stage is over. And yet we cling to it. How can we gain the courage to let go? It means taking risks, and inherent in risk are mistakes. Therein lies the irony. With our mistakes glaringly available for all to see, will we still be well-googled?
Richardson, W. (2008). Footprints in the digital age. Educational Leadership. 66(3), 16-19. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/nov08/vol66/num03/Footprints-in-the-Digital-Age.aspx