I've built a significant online presence over the past three years or so and it's left me at odds with the myriad of accounts I have up and running, many of which I've neglected for some time or struggle to use enough to feel like it's worth keeping up. And yet, these accounts remain. What does it say about me as a professional if I seldom log in to link my account with others? Or if I don't pin things more that twice a month? Or if my total lack of checking in can only be blamed on my recent checking out?
With so many social media outlets to choose from, I relish the fact that, at present, we have full control of how we interact with media. We can cater tools to our strengths, interests, and preferences. We can access resources, connect with colleagues, and attain new knowledge in ways our parents never dreamt possible.
It's insane, really.
It's the X-Men comics I grew up reading. It's Mission Impossible. It's Ghost in the Shell. It's technology behaving synchronously to accomplish anything we can imagine. But it's also falling down the rabbit hole and losing yourself wandering through door after door.
At the crux of these, my misguided ramblings, is the central question: What tools to which I have access are making my work easier, more meaningful, and/or more enriched?
I'm a big fan of the right tool for the job, but it seems I've perhaps taken on too many tools. At least, that's the point in question today. Having the foresight to identify when you're spinning too many plates is not an attribute I can claim to own. That said, I'm working on it. So let's go at this Voltron-style and figure out what pieces are essential to my keep my ultra robot running at top notch, what parts need to be tossed to the scrap heap, and what comes down to a coin toss.
And since that's a pretty big decision, I'm going to lay out the choices and let things percolate. Assuming each tool brings something unique to the table, but not denying that there's some redundancy between different tools, I'm going to walk away from this list. Or better yet, why don't I invite you to weigh in. Are there any tools listed below or otherwise with which you recently parted ways? Or perhaps there's a tool on which your instructional program or professional development thrives? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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If given the chance, what would you keep, scrap, or leave to a coin toss?