After reading the article “Are you an innovator educator? “ I realized that very few educators are innovative based on these examples. We are doing great things in the classroom but more often aren't extending out beyond the building. We really have such immense opportunities with the current trends in technology. I do think this can be challenging convincing parents and staff the benefits of the Internet versus the dangers. Also, many of blogs sites and video sites, such as youtube are blocked for the students. Which makes it a challenge for them to access these tools. And some students have been restricted from social media or posting videos because of parents concern of their safety.
I think it makes people feel safe when they are able to rely on facts. The facts show documented proof of whether something is beneficial or detrimental. However, facts often don’t motivate anyone. It is the emotions that often drive our actions. When we are able to feel the end result we are more likely to push ourselves to reach a goal.
I believe it is more challenging than ever to get someone’s attention and keep it. We are so inundated with information that unless something is short and to the point, we quickly lose interest and move on. I am often surprised when I catch a YouTube video that is so long and boring I wonder what they were thinking when they edited the video. I will quickly move on to watching something else. I think it is very valuable more than ever, to keep things brief and make your point known.