I’ve reached another crossroads in both my physical and online lives. Almost three years ago, in June of 2006, I switched jobs. I moved from being a classroom teacher to an Academic ICT consultant with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. A dramatic shift occurred at this time as I met new people and this exposure led to an experimentation in, and then a full adoption of, online tools. Creating this new online life was not easy as a struggled for some time to find an identity for myself by publishing content in wikis and through expression first in blogs, and then later in Twitter.
My first blog, http://canuckhistory.wordpress.com was an attempt to unite what I was previously doing in the classroom before my web 2.0 “awakening” and what I was experimenting with after this “awakening”. While I maintained that blog for a little more than one year, I found that I had changed too much. Many people still visit that blog but I haven’t contributed to it for over a year. I lost interest in posting links to resources for instruction in Canadian history and wanted to delve into something a little more cutting edge. The purchase of my first iPod in 2006 and my Blackberry Pearl in 2007 convinced me that using mobile devices for learning was what I wanted to talk about and have maintained this blog for a little over one year.
However, I’ve reached another crossroads. I started a new job this week as an elementary school vice-principal and I am once again struggling with my identity. How do I unite my love for mobile digital tools, my passion for educating kids and my current role as an administrator? While I will likely shut down that history blog at some point in the near future, I want to continue this one as I believe that mobile learning is the future and conversations around these tools need to continue. However, how will I keep up with the amount of massive change when significantly more of my time is needed to run a school? I guess that is where my online PLN comes in. I do realize that something is going to have to give and I will have to let some things go. As I already mentioned, that history blog is going to have to go. However, this blog and my new initiative, The Ontario Educator Meetup, are too important to me and I want to continue them. What shape these will take only time will tell.
Hopefully, the mix between admin and technolgy will produce something even more fruitful. The last time I was faced with change, something fruitful resulted. My hope is that the same thing happens again.