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Challenge of Distractions


While driving in this morning, a beautiful but chilly sunrise on the horizion, my ipod spouting off the first Webinar 3 (Thanks again for the audio copies) I realized what one of my biggest challenges is.


Not bad distractions, but distractions that take me away from what my original focus was.

For example:  Friday I started reading Ben Rossman’s post about classroom tech ideas http://plpcommunityhub.com/forum/topics/classroom-tech-ideas when Todd, jane, and Steven  Mentioned and endorsed Prezi.com – curious, I started my meandering wander…

A fabulous tool in itself, prezi also brought me content that I found facinating – no to mention the best terms of useexplanation EVAR – which uses Prezi (bullet 4)  

I discovered a prezi that a music teacher – bass player had put together – and spent a bit of time revisiting the awe and love of victor wooten


I also found an interesting presentation by Chris Anderson which went with a TED talk about crowd accelerated innovation.



So throuroughly inspired, I shot a link off to a collegue who had been talking to me about passion, jotted a note on twitter, and the bell rang – I had spent an hour and a half, and had only covered one small discussion in the community hub.  

Even while writing this blog post, I was tempted to stray again – TED-active – such a wonderful concept, but I can’t run out of time, I still have things to setup for my students coming in 15 minutes – what?? my 15 minutes alloted turned into 30.  

So, I’ve found one of my challenges in my new connected learning state, and it makes me think about students.  The wild tangents that they may see themselves on, as well as being tempted by social media (my facebook time is afterschool)  and games, and friends, and other classes, and the list goes on.  No wonder they don’t want to dive deeply when the breadth is so inviting and accommodating.  The grass is #4DBD33 on the other page..


Darren Kools

Kenner Music – KPRDSB, Peterborough, Ontario Canada

 ** Cross posted to plpcommunityhub.com**