Ahh the sound of change. A similar clip was played by Graeme Codrington of tomorrowtoday.uk.com at the recent W.I.N. conference in Paris. While he was playing the clip his 11 year old daughter walked into the room and asked what it was.
I can guarantee you that my 9 and 13 year old kids wouldn’t recognize the sound either.
And so it is with change.
What is known and normal to us in the field of training and development, especially when it comes to educational technology, can quickly become unknown and not normal.
While the known and the ‘normal’ bring ease and comfort, they certainly don’t bring innovation or welcome change.
As an example I’ll be diving into the opportunities that prezi.com presents, a tool which my good friend Tara Fenwick told me about. It’s an astonishingly easy to use and engaging tool to create not only presentations but help you plan out your projects.
I welcome how Dyana Valentine handily uses adobe acrobat to record her sessions with clients. Not only do you get her laser insight but you get the audio recording too. The video on her homepage is even more amazing when you know she did it in one take (and yes, she’s that exuberant and intriguing in person).
Danielle LaPorte is another great example. She’s embedded some stunning videos in her Firestarter e-book.
I rarely do a workshop without using short video clips. They’re lively, they’re engaging and they’re fun. You can see my resources, including videos, on my delicious site.
Delicious is another handy educational technology, it’s a free social bookmarking site – where you can say good bye to not being able to find your favourite online resources because they’re all handily catalogued for you once you bookmark them.
All the technologies above are fairly easy to use but you first have to put out the welcome matt in your brain and create space to make it work.
And you? What welcome matt are you putting out? What new educational technology are you using?