Notes on Beginning Week 3
I’m standing at the teacher’s desk in my smart classroom at the University of Maryland, and my students are writing about “one or two cultural differences [they]’ve noticed while living in a foreign country….” I was looking at the tasks for Week 3, which begins today, and decided to have a look at Zaid Alkagoff’s slideshare presentation “Twenty-Five Edublogs You Simply Don’t Want to Miss.” I am embarrassed to admit that I had heard of only five of the 25 recommended bloggers (Stephen Downes, George Siemens, Robin Good, Will Richardson, and Wesley Fryer). Of these, I have only read the blogs of the last two, and I stopped reading even those because of time constraints…. Vance’s remark about “sipping from the firehose” keeps coming back to me. The web is a firehose of information. It comes streaming at you (if you let it, say via an aggregator), threatening to drown you or at the least knock you off your feet. The trick is to sidle up to it somehow, take a few sips without getting drenched, and take pleasure in the learning you’ve managed to achieve.Class is over. Time to pack up and go to lunch!