As a SecMACer, I may be utilizing at least 18 hours of my day for school (or in a semi-conscious state thinking about school), but I still feel like I need more time. Time is the only thing in this program that is in short supply. We are given all these wonderful technologies- like Diigo and Dropbox and Google Reader and Evernote and this list goes on and on and on- to simplify our lives.
But right now, I feel like simplify is more like "simplify."
I feel like a child in a candy store when I have to decide which new technology to use-- "Ooo do I want to highlight with Diigo??" "Do I want to share on Dropbox? Or would Evernote be better?" Ah the choices, the choices! I think I spend more time trying to decide on which service to use than it would take for me to save my work to a flash drive and move on with my life.
But I know, in the future, these technologies will save me time... and the heart attack that ensues after misplacing a flash drive.
I would love to sit down and play around with all the services, if only I had time. We had the opportunity to do just that, when we had to make a handout for class Friday. Though instead of listening to other presentations, as delightful and informative as they were, I would have preferred having that class time to explore and practice on my own. I've been using Skype for years, but all the features of Diigo and Evernote and novel to me, and I just wanted to spend my time in class clicking around-- an urge that was hard to surpress and pay attention to my fellow group members.
I often have the attention span of a gnat when I have to listen- something I know I must work on to be a successful teacher. But my best learning takes places when I am in control of what I am exploring. Maybe having us explore the technologies on our own during class, and then doing a write up on two of the services could have been an alternative for us hands-on folks?