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I use Padlet a lot. In 2017 and 2018, I reflected on how I integrate them into my courses and workshops.

I use lots of Padlet spaces as a result. As an early adopter, I have almost 300 free Padlet spaces. This month I almost used up that quota.

One reason I use so many Padlets is my promise to course and workshop participants to keep their notes archived (unlike most LMS). The readiness to learn often happens outside and after a course or workshop, so I keep their externalised thoughts and reflections alive.

But since I have to get some spaces back, I have opted to export some Padlets as images (PNGs) and save them in a shared Google Photos album. As these images are no longer editable, I plan on doing this to Padlets that are from 2018 or older.

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This is going to take quite a bit of time as I have several years of archived Padlets. But it will be a good investment to “declutter”. This is not quite Marie Kondo’s method of throwing away what does not “spark joy”, but it is joyful effort for an anal-retentive organiser like me!

I enjoyed this personal piece by Mimi Ito, How I Bonded with My Son by Ignoring Gaming Limits.

She shared her thoughts and distilled approaches from research, expert advice, and her personal experience. I distill them further into these four bullet points.

  • Negotiate limits
  • Set clear expectations
  • Provide guidelines, not rules
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate

I wonder if Ito might agree with me that strategic and open communication is the most important element in managing a child-gamer. After all, gaming is an opportunity to teach, learn, and bond. In Ito’s own words:

Reflecting helped me realize that our good times are when my son and I respect one another’s interests and integrity, and bond over shared values. This can mean valuing genuine curiosity and learning over a single homework assignment, or respecting that family dinner is as important as gaming with friends. It has also has meant my appreciating that both of us actually understand what a healthy bedtime is, even though at times we ignore it to nerd out on something fun.

Gaming is important to child-gamers. It provides context in lieu of life experiences, shapes their experiences, dictates what they consume, and inspires what they create. Why stand in the way when we can stand beside?

I share my own perspectives that I have collected and created with image quotes.

We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.

How to see possibilities Open your eyes to read. Open your hands to try. Open your mind to new ideas. Open your heart to being a kid again.

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow. -- John Dewey

This tweet might include one of the least offensive and slightly humorous uses of Joseph Schooling’s now famous name.

Here are a few descriptions of bittersweet uses and abuses of the newfound fame of Singapore’s first Olympic gold winner:

Those articles say it better than I can. They also hint at the importance of how Schooling might need to manage the marketing efforts so that his name is not dragged through the mud.

Some name dropping was tongue-in-cheek. Some was worthy of eye-rolls. Some wanted Schooling’s reflected glory or to put themselves in the spotlight for publicity.

The use or misuse of our names and identities can happen to anyone.

The non-Olympians and ordinary rest-of-us need to manage our identities as well. Why? Consider these questions:

  • If you Google yourself, what do you find?
  • If you do not find relevant information about yourself, how do you stay relevant today and tomorrow?
  • If you find information about yourself, does it represent you the way you wish?
  • If you find information that does not represent you or is harmful to you, why did that happen and what do you do?

School is not likely to help you find answers to these questions in meaningful ways because it operates in its own bubble. You will need to find out for yourself just as Schooling will need to school, no, make that educate himself, too.

Mention CRM and most folks will think about customer relationship management.

I think about the processes of controlling, regulating, and managing. These apply to groups of people and change initiatives alike.

Controlling is about not letting go, not trusting, not leveraging. It is often about “muscle memory” (reflex actions that bypass the brain) and maintaining the status quo.

Regulating is about establishing and enforcing incentives and disincentives to shape behaviour. Often regulations walk hand in hand with control.

Managing is about nurturing individuals. It sometimes feels like herding cats, but it is amazing to see in action.

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Sometimes I am asked how I manage to read so many tweets, RSS feeds, and reflect daily while working. Sometimes that question is phrased more directly as: How do you deal with so many distractions?

I do not view what others might consider “not work” as a distraction. I make it part of my work. If I read, tweet, or blog, the activity is about some aspect of educational technology.

When people ask me about how I maintain my work-life balance, I tell them that I work and play all the time, at the same time. I manage “distraction” by having a different mindset.

But mindset shifts might not be easy or tangible. So here is some practical advice: Manage your own schedule and do it as well as you can.

As an appointment holder, I might be tempted to let a secretary or personal assistant manage my schedule. No matter how busy my day gets, I do not let that happen.

If anyone needs to make an appointment with me, they need only refer to my shared online calendar. I manage my own appointments on the move a lot so that I can give people immediate answers. By doing this, I am not only aware of what I have committed to, but I also remain committed to it.

I am also a stickler for punctuality and keeping to time. Nothing is a greater distraction than events that start late or run long. People get really distracted then and no real work gets done.

Running a meeting long is like a lecture. Only the lecturer thinks the audience is learning when the reality is they are not.

I write this on a Sunday when conventional wisdom says that I should be resting or spending time with my family. But my family members are still asleep as I write. This blog entry is on a release schedule and by the time you read this, I am at play.

So much for distraction.

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