I’ve been taking a time out from various pursuits and allowing myself to wallow in play.  Part of the reason was to hit a re-set button of sorts. Before the re-set, I felt as if I’d plateaued in terms of what I had to offer and where I could go next. In Second Life, whenever I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my plot — someone else was doing it, about to do it or had done it. Twitter began to feel like a competition to be first with the latest news, tool or gadget. Flickr is still something I enjoy, but I’ve been hermiting or using it mostly for work. And doing and planning video at work drained me from planning any projects for myself. A talk with a good friend and respected educator tonight helped me clarify why I felt so stymied.  The title of this post says it all. We both said the same thing.  Is it worth doing something that might not be earth shattering or that we know is being done elsewhere? Our thoughts were: yes.  If for no other reason, but our own learning journey and to express our unique voices.  There are oodles of books, videos, web sites and Second Life sims that cover the same or similar topics.  People migrate to the one that is most effective for them.  If I am contributing and attempting to do so in a way unique to my situation — or I build on a thought or idea, isn’t this the way we all move forward? I won’t reinvent the wheel if there is a good one available that fits.  But I might invent my own unique wheel that helps me and the people I aim to serve get where they want to go.

4 Comments

  1. Kerry, thanks for posting this – I feel the same way. Who knows who might read your musings and be inspired by them? Keep it up!

  2. I think you said it when you said you do many of the things you do for your own learning. I think that is what I need to remember. I just started to figure out how friendfeed works…I imagine others have figured it out…I guess it really doesn’t matter because I now understand another networking tool just a little bit better. And my son…had a ball with you the other morning:)

  3. Hi Kerry,
    I totally agree with you; visionaries need to keep on visioning; explorers – exploring; modifiers – modifying and experimenters – experimenting. More details on the Innovation Styles are available at: http://innovationstyles.com

    This resource was used in Marie Jasinski’s research in 2006 and I have to say inspired me then and sustains me now – it helps validate my purpose as an elearning coach and mentor.

    You may find these useful to convince you that you need to ‘stay at the front’ and continue to explore and advise on the latest in educational trends. IMHO we need innovators with all of these characteristics to help create the ‘critical mass’ required for forward momentum in education.

    Carole

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