Because of Instagram, a free photo app on my iPhone, I suddenly think I am a photographer. I never took photos before, relying of traveling buddies for my holiday pics. But now, I point my iPhone, apply a filter, share it* with the world, and find myself looking for the perfect shot. I find myself shopping for DSLR cameras online, asking questions about shutter speed, and have finally installed Aperture on my computer to play with photo editing. I’ll probably never be great, but I am learning something new.
I’m thinking of learning how to to do HTML coding and simple computer programing. I don’t know why, but it feels like something I should know now that I’m online so much. I see the codes sometimes when I am making changes on my blog and I feel like I am missing something. So I’ll play around. To help me learn, I have signed up for Code Year, a free online course being offered by Code Academy. I’ll probably never be great, but I am learning something new.
Technology opens doors you didn’t think you wanted open. I love to learn new things, but I had no desire to take pictures or learn HTML codes before this year. But because of (free) technology, I find myself pushing myself to do something different. I’m learning how rewarding creating (and sharing**) something can be. As an adult, I want my learning to have context and value in my real-life. And isn’t that what our students want as well?
* I have set up ifttt that my instagram photos go automatically to my Facebook and Flickr page. I hate uploading things or using cords, so this has made taking iPhone photos much more attractive than using a real camera
** This parentheses around sharing doesn’t mean that sharing is unimportant. In fact, it is vital to my learning. But the importance of sharing deserves its own post, so in parentheses shall remain.