So much to know and learn. The World Wide Web, if nothing else, is so vast as to consider almost endless. Some of the basic foundations are explained in the flippable book format found at 20 Things I Learned, produced by the good people at chrome. In it you can learn the answers to your questions that you likely feel to embarrassed to ask out loud like, “What’s the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web?” This little ‘book’ actually proposed the idea that, because we can take care of so many daily tasks (shopping, banking, etc.) online, we are enabled to spend more time in the real world. I will be honest, I do these things but, with the introduction of the Internet into my life, I do not personally feel that I spend more time in the ‘real’ world!
The Internet has definitely empowered me, however. I can accomplish so much and, though I may complain when some piece of technology does not work exactly as I want it to every single time I use it, even my considerable commute has turned in to productive time (see my COETAIL unrelated post, Let’s hear it for productivity!)
Twitter is still a bit elusive to me. I get it, but the constant flow means I ignore it most of the time. This is one Internet tool that has not saved me time. It requires time to realize it’s value. Conversely, so many other tools I have learned to use have done nothing but add value to what I do immediately. As for hyperlinking, it makes everything immediately referenceable. Case in point below:
Online Tools, Varied Usage
Of course there are waaaaaaaay more but I think this makes the point clear. I tried a little experiment inviting people to share some resources by making and retweeting a list of online tools they had used. Follow me on Twitter @seansensei to find out how it went (I’m the guy with the kid not the egg guy).
Perhaps most importantly to me is the two-fold benefit that absolutely every part of my teaching practice that is improved through the use of the Internet is immediately publishable through the use of hyperlinks on Twitter, through email, on chat forums, on social-networking sites and on my own growing list of web-spaces.
My only worry is that I do not have enough time to properly brand myself to get into that wonderful school that gets the need for integration. I should be working on this full time for at least a month and will come April. I want to do it now however! This is what the Internet has done to me. Drawn me into its lair of possibilities to create and become involved in an exciting era of change in the world. An era that I can get in on near the ground floor. And it’s fun!
So I guess that brings me to my final word. Yes, I still use the Internet to source information. The big difference being now that when I find it, it often becomes part of my own creations or inspires others. I am transforming from a consumer into a producer. It’s addictive.