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Archive for February, 2009

My Life

I’ve done a lot of thinking lately about this blog and how I haven’t been keeping it up. I often don’t write because I feel like I have nothing to say. At least that is what I tell myself. I have plenty to say. I let myself believe that no one wants to hear what I have to say, what I really have to say that is. Perhaps the bar has been set too high. Maybe I need to lower my standards. The point of blogging isn’t always to sound fantastic or have some breakthrough new idea. The goal is community. Expressing your ideas and putting them out there. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find a whole new community of people going through exactly what I am at this point in time.

An overarching theme in my life right now is an inability to let go. I can never let go of anything. I am a compulsive worrier. I worry about things that may or may not happy 5 years down the road. It affects every aspect of my life because I am so busy worrying and getting stressed over things that I am sometimes driving away the people and opportunities right in front of me. It even keeps me from blogging because I worry that it’s just not good enough.

So please bear with me as I try to decipher everything. A new period in my life, this blog, who I am supposed to be and how I am supposed to deal with my issues.

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I don’t know if you’ve gotten to see the new(ish) commercial for Kaplan University yet. If you haven’t, you can find it embedded at the end of the post.  Take a look!

This ad epitomizes the new education 2.0 mindset.  The idea of education and learning leaving the confines of the university walls and being more accessible to those who want it is hopefully the new mindset about education. The professor speaks of how the educational system has failed its students by not helping them spread their talent to the world. While I agree the educational system has some flaws, this commercial doesn’t address most of them. The only thing the commercial addresses is presenting the same information in different mediums. It doesn’t address teaching new technologies to help students mobilize their resources from across the world.

I realize this is just a commercial, designed to sell the service of Kaplan University. However, I feel that it does being to scratch the surface of educational issues such as accessibility and using new technology and social media to enhance learning. It will be interesting to see how soon the integration of these tools into new teaching techniques appears in commercials as well.

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