Snacking on Information

Over the past two weeks, I gorged during large chunks of time by reviewing different systems and trying them out, reading tons of instructional technology articles, and attempting to digest everything. I had to take big bites off huge plates full of info and it has been tightly crammed in my brain.

I pretty sure a lot leaked out of my ears.

Because it is Sunday, I’m just lazing around wallowing in that stuff and sampling my co-students’ blogs to see what they have been cooking up.

But, on Monday, in typical Lisa fashion, I plan start a new diet — a “brain diet” — to see if the stuff I learn by using a more comfortable process might stick around longer: I call it “Information Snacking”.

Mobile devices will help me change my game. With these purse- and pocket-friendly devices, I can consume info on the go and more frequently. They’ll allow me to take little bites (bytes!) more often and I don’t have to be at my desk to do so. Mine even has a timer so I can set it to a portion-controlled amount of time to make sure I don’t overdo it.  My instructors (aka brain coaches) already use mobile devices in this just-in-time way to give me the support I need quickly to keep me motivated. All this can happen from my backyard or even the beach!

So if this diet works for me as an adult, shouldn’t we encourage kids to use it too?

Read this – Mobile Learning Support for New Teachers and visit The Teaching Generation Text Blogspot.



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