As I reflect on this course, I can’t believe how comfortable I have become using many tech tools I didn’t even know existed. Staying current in technology can be a difficult task, but I can see the benefits. Rayome (2017) makes a wonderful case on ways to stay up to date, such as “follow blogs, subscribe to newsletters, and follow industry leaders on Twitter” (sec. 2, para. 1). While using the tools in this course, I am already getting countless emails to keep up with the newest updates. Among the blogs in this week’s sandbox, I found “Ditch That Textbook” and “Daring Librarian” to be my favorites. I plan to broaden my subscriptions, in order to get tech updates on a broad range of tools.
I found myself resonating too much with Szmodis’s (2021) definition of performative technaphobia, which she states “someone might proclaim a fear or aversion to technology in hopes of either getting people do complete some digital task for them or to perhaps to excuse themselves of any errors or perceived incompetencies while learning new digital skills” (para. 1). I think of when Covid hit, and I had to learn to teach virtually. I had many fears, to the point I sometimes avoided creative ideas. If I couldn’t produce them through a technology-based platform, I simply changed to a less “creative, fun” approach. I wish I would’ve known about “EdTech 4 Beginners”. I found this blog to be extremely helpful in response to virtual teaching. Throughout that process and the growth in this course, I do feel more comfortable using tech and tools, overall. I see one way to keep current is to simply try and fail. I didn’t always make magic out of the tools assigned in this course, but I gained a huge understanding of what I could do differently and what the options are.
In order to stay current, Sarah (2022) says she found herself “going over some of my old coursework”. Looking back over this course, I can see how productive that will be. I may be searching for a wonderful audio tool, and I can always look back on the links provided in our modules to learn a new possibility. While we explored many tools, I also think the articles provided in this course will be priceless. Not only do they lead to further understanding, but many of them are linked to wonderful blogs and tech resources. Staying current in tech may not be easy, but I now have a few ideas on how to achieve this task.
Rayome, A.D. (2017, September 7). 10 ways that IT pros and developers can keep their tech skills up to date. Tech Republic. https://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-ways-that-it-pros-and-developers-can-keep-their-tech-skills-up-to-date/
Sarah. (2022, June 16). Staying sharp during the summer. HLS. https://hacklibraryschool.com/2022/06/16/staying-sharp-during-the-summer/
Szmodis, P. (2021, July 27). How to get over technophobia. HLS. https://hacklibraryschool.com/2021/07/27/how-to-get-over-technophobia/