A fact that really stands out to me in Dr. White's video is his quote, "...just knowing how to use particular technologies makes no one wiser than just knowing how to read words." I suppose my mindset was that I was always capable of creating websites, sharing ideas, exploring new ideas; I just didn't ever act on the thought of being communal. I allowed myself to become a private entity and didn't realize I was sort of being selfish. Another key notion is the comparison between visitors vs. residence as having a converging mindset vs. a nebulous mindset, respectively. Wow. Was I really using the Internet as a tool from my toolbox to accomplish finite tasks in my day-to-day teaching? That is a dangerous recipe for absolute, quantifiable tasks, when true education should be lifelong, incessant expansions of our previous works. What a mind-blowing epiphany.
In our profession, we advise students to collaborate all the time (although Dr. White suggests that being communal still allows us to be autonomous). When students engage in fruitful collaborative discussion, they seem to take on more ownership and accountability of their learning. It would make sense that the same principle applies to educators on a different platform--the Internet.
I recently reactivated my Facebook, partly due to requirements of this cohort we're in, but also because of pressures from my colleagues to share ideas. I began sharing ideas with teachers on Kahoot.it, and broke out of my fixed mindset. I had shifted over in the spectrum to more of a resident of the Internet. Even my students have allowed me to use their work to further enhance my work, which is ultimately our work as educators. I'm very excited to say that some amazing opportunities have developed due to ideas I learned from others' work on the Internet. Had they not been devout residents, I wouldn't have found inspiration to develop new programs and projects for my students and colleagues. Some of these ideas come from the small "apartment" we have created--our Google+ community for this cohort.
I'm eager to see my residence continue to develop on the Internet. I no longer mind leaving a footprint behind if it means others might benefit from my ideas/activities. I know I've benefited from others, so I have to think of it as a two-way street. I'm in the business of educating, so I need to continue to be more transparent along the way.
White, D. (2013, May 31). Visitors and Residents. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from https://youtu.be/0sFBadv04eY