I feel kind of weird saying this on a blog, but I’m just gonna come out with it. RSS and social bookmarking make me feel a little overwhelmed.
Perhaps I should qualify that statement. It’s not that I don’t understand what an RSS feed is or why social bookmarking is useful and cool. I get all that. Will Richardson, though, threw a lot at me with regard to their uses and benefits for educators. As I read through those chapters, I remember feeling like there is too much for me to get a grasp on and ultimately feeling a bit of anxiety and lack of confidence. Does the fact that I never think about aggregators or delicious.com make me a bad teacher? Well, I certainly hope not. Of course, one month ago I wouldn’t have believed that I would have my own blog and be using wikis for projects, but here I am.
I’m pretty much circling in on an attitude that people like myself (interested novice) need to have toward today’s internet: you have to jump in before you can learn to swim. If I had sat around and thought about how to use a wiki or create a blog and then how to apply them to a classroom, and what projects to use them for, and how they would help with grading, and on and on, then I would have felt like I was drowning. Instead, after checking the stuff out and learning it at my own (slow) pace, I’ve found that I really enjoy it.
Clearly, then, the solution to my problem is simply to sign up for some RSS feeds and get rocking with some bookmarks. A little doggie paddling just to keep my head above water.