This is it: the final Thing. Congratulations on getting this far.
In this Thing, we are going to reflect on the programme as a whole and on possible next steps beyond the boundaries of the course.
Also, we are going to share the Secret to Becoming a Computer Person. For real.
What to do with your accounts
We’ve created a lot of different accounts in the last 22 Things: blogs and Twitter feeds and profiles and more. What happens to them now? Well, you really have four options:
1. Ignore them
2. Retire them
3. Delete them
4. Expand them
Ignoring your accounts mean that they remain on the Internet and gradually submit to things like link rot. Anyone visiting the site may wonder what happened to the owner. That’s not always a problem (the Internet is full of defunct blogs), but if you are using the blog as part of your professional profile then it can reflect poorly on you.
If you’re no longer planning to use your accounts, it’s a good idea to write a farewell post or message letting people know. The course or project is over. You’re moving to another job. The blog is moving to a different location or host. For example, the EdTechie blog from Thing 4 posted a nice “we are moving” message so that anyone who visits the old site will know why updates have ceased.
Most accounts can be permanently deleted, if you can find the right option. This may be a good option if you have included sensitive information or just want the content to disappear. Note that while your content may disappear from the Internet it could have been archived by sites like the Wayback Machine.
Finally (and this is the option that I prefer), you can continue to use them – extend them, find new and interesting topics to write about and share, and build your audience and community.
We hope that you have found value in some of the tools that we’ve featured in 23 Things, but beyond that we hope that you’re confident in exploring and experimenting with new tools. Perhaps you’ll become what we call a learning “bricoleur” (see the Explore Further section for a definition).
Finding and understanding new technology
Technology, of course, is not static but changes all the time. Some of the tools that we have featured will probably be retired or supplanted. (Earlier versions of 23 Things featured Google Reader, an excellent RSS reader that was shut down in 2013.) How do you keep up with this rapid pace of change?
The educational technologists that we covered in Thing 4 are a good place to start – their blogs and Twitter feeds (and blogs like ProfHacker) are often on the forefront of new trends and changes. General technology news sites like the Guardian Technology section or Mashable fulfil the same function.
Ultimately, picking up new technology is about experimentation, curiosity, and a willingness to learn from mistakes and experience. We hope that these Things have helped in that regard.
Finally, here is the secret to becoming a computer person. It is used extensively in CreATE.
The secret to becoming a computer person
For your final blog post, we’d like you to reflect on the entire programme and on what you want to do next. What did you enjoy? What do you think you will use in future? What would you like to explore further? What do you think we should be exploring further at CreATE?
“As ‘bricoleurs,’ these learners and instructors are taking what they need from the broad palette of tools available in their everyday experiences — whether social networks, cloud computing tools, mobile apps, physical meet-ups, or other emerging resources.”
Dede, C. (2013). Connect the dots: New technology-based models for post-secondary learning. Educause Review, 48(5). Retrieved from https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERM1352.pdf
“We have many more possibilities available now for how every aspect of research is performed: generating ideas, methodology, dissemination, funding, data, participants. It would seem a waste of these possibilities and the intellects involved to merely continue with the same limited approach out of habit alone.”
Your career is a research project
“a gradual and fundamental shift in the practice of academics is taking place. Every aspect of scholarly practice is seeing changes effected by the adoption and possibilities of new technologies. This book will explore these changes, their implications for higher education, the possibilities for new forms of scholarly practice and what lessons can be drawn from other sectors.”
Weller, M. (2011). The digital scholar: How technology is transforming scholarly practice. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from https://www.bloomsburycollections.com/book/the-digital-scholar-how-technology-is-transforming-scholarly-practice/
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