Struggle sits at the doorstep of breakthrough…and (who’s there?) – grappling is the knock on that door.
If you’re a coach, a salesman, a parent, a teacher – if your audience is struggling with your ideas – it’s okay. Struggling and grappling happen at the doorway of breakthrough.
Many times, we avoid the struggle and grapple (and therefore miss out on the breakthrough). Instead, we push them through the door (no breakthrough). Or we start to backpedal — and they follow suit, backing away from the door (no breakthrough).
Want your folks to breakthrough? Don’t sweat the struggle. Don’t gripe about the grappling.
Dan Schawbel of Personal Branding Blog just completed his three-part series, ‘Teachers Talk About Social Media in the Classroom and Personal Branding!‘ (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3).
Dan is known as an international expert in the fast-growing Personal Brand marketplace. Impressive on its own, but extremely impressive considering he’s also a recent graduate.
I encourage you to read the three-part series and then come back here. I’m going to take Dan’s interview questions and give my thoughts (though from a K-12 perspective).
Why a blog for your students? I always suggest that a student blog be public — at the very least to their own classroom. For too long, students have been teacher-pleasers. Most student-writers have an audience of one – the teacher. That’s not real world writing. Once students know peers are reading, the writing often becomes more real, more heart-felt, more concise.
And if we teach writing with the reader in mind (and we do, don’t we?), we should also teach reading with the writer in mind. Blogging is both a reading and writing process. It develops online literacies, knowledge of rules and tools students will need to know, and helps them hone their own voice — which leads to developing a personal brand. What are the advantages of having a blog for your class (from both perspectives of student and teacher)? The educators in Dan’s series aced this one. A class blog breaks down the walls of the classroom AND creates a more engaged community of learners.
Think of synchronizing the time of the teacher and student — heck, adding hours to the clock possibly. With a blog, every post, comment, content piece is in an archive. When a student gets stuck on homework at home – the blog is accessible. In addition, a teacher can share content from SlideShare, YouTube, or Flickr on the blog for students to refer to later. Do You Think Blogs will take away Blackboard’s Relevancy? I think Blackboard was in danger of being too private, but they are recognizing that schoolwork goes beyond the classroom (and beyond the school’s network or intranet) and putting tools in place for students (such as Scholar bookmarks). Students must have access and connection to school work regardless of their location. Some schools and teachers are already looking at wikis as a potential replacement. And startups like Studeous and Edmodo are going to force positive change.
How are you using blogs, wikis, and social media in your classroom(s)? In the classrooms/schools I’ve worked with, I’ve seen teachers use blogs as:
extensions of lectures (and use student comments for engagement)
reviews of lessons and assignments
list of offline and online resources for either of the above
I’ve seen wikis used for:
Small group study and collaborative assignments, assigning each group their own section
Students turn in their assignments by uploading to a wiki
Storage for syllabus, documents, photos, and other media pertaining to the class or subject.
Other social media has been used also, such as:
A teacher recording their class lecture and making it available as a podcast
Digital storytelling assignments with students capturing and sharing via audio, video, sketching, or photography – then using a social media application to upload.
Shared bookmarking to share research and resources within a small group.
How do you define personal branding and why is it so important to students to learn? *Note Dan’s original question mentioned ‘college’ – I think it should start much earlier (Dan probably does too, but his interview subjects were at the college level).
Questions about "what" I was going to be when I grew up started in Junior High School. I wish then (and hope now) the question of "who" trumps "what." Who are you going to be? It’s a personal branding question. How will others describe you? Another personal branding question.
I see educators at all levels and positions struggle on the topic of social media. And that’s okay, because struggle sits at the doorstep of breakthrough — and grappling is the knock on that door.
Want to start grappling in your company organizatiion or school? Hire Mike.
I haven’t been able to get enough simulator time in the WiZiQ cockpit this week to prepare for the workshops I mentioned last week. Therefore – if you’re brave enough to ride along, the first sessions are free – but you have to email me (email@example.com) to get access.
You have two chances to take part in this FREE test: – Thursday, October 2 @ 7:00 CT or – Tuesday, October 7 @ 2:30 CT
A limit of 20 per session during this test. We’ll be talking about Google Reader for the first 45 minutes, then open questions.
I’ve posted several TED talk videos here and will continue to think of TED as the better than television.
One of of the most inspiring this year is one of the 2008 TED Prize wishes – Dave Eggers. As an extension of Eggers initial wish (see video below), there is an open challenge asking
individuals to design and implement new projects for local public
school students. The three winning entries will receive a pass to the
sold out TED2009 Conference to be held in Long Beach, California on
February 4-7, 2009.
Additionally, Eggers asks local citizens to support 826 National, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students,
ages 6-18, with expository and creative writing at six locations across
USA. Eggers co-founded the original 826 chapter, 826 Valencia, a
nonprofit tutoring center and writing school for children, in 2002.
Entries are open to the public and may be submitted by visiting onceuponaschool.org
and will be judged by a panel of educators, entrepreneurs, and
creatives from the TED Community. Projects will be evaluated on the
Innovation: Was a new model used? Is the approach creative? Were the students provided with access to something new?
Collaboration: How well did the project leaders work with the
teacher/school? Did the project address a specific challenge or need
of the students?
Impact: What changed in the life of the students, teacher, and
school? Was the community affected? Did the work inspire other
private citizens to get involved?
The Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2008.
Tell your story, change the world…and maybe go to TED this year (and take me with you?)
On the night of October 2nd (and repeated during the day October 7th) I will launch online ConverStation Workshops using WiZiQ. More information coming soon on those times and dates. For now, here are two videos on how WiZiQ works:
The events will be available for anyone to attend for only $30 per person. Our first session will be on using Google Reader as your RSS reader to gain and share information in less time and keep found things found.
Whistle Stops are conversations, eye-openers, or tools representing the
brain train discovered while traveling along the Conversphere. From
business to education, lifehack to giving back, these are the posts and
links that have in some way grabbed my attention!
This past week, I talked with many "bloggers" active in the conversphere who — ready for this? — did not use a RSS reader…of any kind! Huh?
Many of these folks blog. Most of them read other blogs. They subscribe to some blogs via email, but not a RSS reader. Here are some great resources and ideas on how to use Google Reader in business and educational use:
One of the great things about the tools available to us as Citizen Publishers today is how we can connect, collaborate, converse, and create so easily.
Though I’ve done work with business and educational leaders outside of Iowa, it has sometimes been more experimental than experiential to find the right combination of tools and training schedules
With the help of my lab clients/guinea pigs – I believe we’ve found a great combination of tools:
Large Group Workshops: WizIQ – Starting in October, you’ll be able to attend 60-minute classes on everything from using FriendFeed to creating a presence on Twitter to defining a purpose for your blogging. A “seat” in the class will be $29.00 each session and you’ll have access to the archives. More info coming soon.
Mini-Lesson Podcasts: BlogTalkRadio – Starting this weekend, I will create mini-lesson podcasts using BlogTalkRadio. Each lesson will be 15-20 minutes and simplify some of the complexities of Social Media. This one is free and each show will also be posted here.
Individual Training: CrossLoop & Skype – If you want one-on-one training, you’ll need to download a copy of the easy-to-use and fast growing CrossLoop (watch a demo video). We can share screens so you watch what I do with each online tool, then I watch what you do. Instruction to Independence. This will have an hourly rate attached to it (each circumstance is different).
For those in Iowa, Angela and I are also working on a few things that will allow us to hold in-person workshops for blogging and social media in both business and education. Stay tuned.
There are plenty of sites that offer easy peasy ways of using photos or pre-made comic strip characters to allow you to tell your story.
Wouldn’t it have been cool for her to use Comiqs.com to put captions on each photo — and making the slideshow a full-blown mini-lesson?
Bitstrips is one site that allows you to use pre-created characters (that you can modify) to help get your story into a itty-bitty comic strip. You can then create a whole series of these posts to run over a period of time.
How are you telling your story? Taking a piece of Google’s playbook is often a smart idea.
By the way, I can hardly wait for Chrome. It looks like a winner!