I was given Jeff Utecht's blog called The Thinking Tank to comment on for C4T#2. He blew my mind, and brought up a lot of great points regarding technology and education. The first time I commented it was on his article "WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO DISCONNECT?" I really enjoyed this post because it was somewhat argumentative and made me think. Jeff was questioning what it meant to disconnect- does that mean turning off ALL technology? Or, simply being by yourself, in nature, even if you are listening to you ipod while walking? He also tackled an issue that I really liked, and changed the way I think when I pick up my computer now. This issue was explaining the 80/20 rule. This refers to creating and consuming while we are on the internet. The point was that you should be creating 80% of time, and limiting consumption to 20% of the time. This is a great rule to have with students. The 80/20 rule will help them understand how to manage their time, and stay on tasks. I commented on Jeff's post, letting him know how much I enjoyed his blog. I informed him that he had opened my eyes by using the 80/20 rule, and I would begin to use it as well.
In "DO WE BUILD NOW OR FOR THE FUTURE" Jeff discusses the importance of taking the time to teach students the necessary tools needed to be successful in the future. I loved that he used that analogy of a baseball team. Do you try to win in the moment, or do you invest in your team, and plan for future success? Of course since I am a coach, I really liked this outlook. It helped make his point stick with me. I have been concerned about teaching, and how to get a class blog started, how much time it will take to teach blogger, and monitor the site. In this article he touched on all of that. It was very inspirational, and I let him know all of that in my comment. Great blog, really enjoyed it, and I know it will continue to help me throughout my teaching career.