This is my first foray into the world of creating and posting on my very own professional blog. I have to say that I am overwhelmed with thoughts of “who cares what I have to say”?
I was raised to be humble and understated. As an outsider looking into the world of social networking I always thought that telling “the world” what I ate for lunch or what about my favourite TV show is, was a bit “self indulgent” (Simon Cowell eat your heart out!). I must also admit that, as an administrator, my views on social networking have been jaded by the countless discipline related issues that have involved this type of communication!
Notwithstanding these apprehensions and perhaps misguided beliefs about social networking, I have always believed in the power of collaboration and teamwork. I have witnessed, in my personal and professional life, the power of people coming together to achieve remarkable good. From my ancestors who came to a new land seeking the promise of a better life to establishing high functioning learning teams in my school, I can say with conviction that better things are likely to happen when not “going it alone”.
Recently I attended the TEDxUBC event on Future Ed. For the first time I saw how social networking can be an incredible tool for good (I know, I’ve been slow on the uptake on this one). My attendance at that event prompted me to join twitter just two week ago. The subsequent two weeks have been nothing short of eye-opening for me as a professional. I have been “introduced” to remarkable people, ideas and resources.
Today I post for the first time. I still have many questions about social networking and I still wonder if anyone cares what I have to say. But leave those questions and reservations for another post!