It's been a couple of weeks since returning home from ISTE in San Antonio, and I'm still reflecting on all that I heard and saw. I love learning during the summer because I have the time to reflect and ponder and process, something that gets put on the back burner during the busy-ness of the school year.
I was interested to hear the keynote address by Steven Johnson. He's a thought leader in the world of technology. I'm an idea collector. And an idea generator. I wanted to hear from him where good ideas come from.
Here are my takeways...
How am I connecting my ideas together?
There must be a medium to connect the ideas. In the past, there were liquid networks where people would meet to discuss ideas over coffee. Commonplace books were used as a way to record ideas, facts, quotes, etc. all in one place.
Am I utilizing my liquid network (social media) to make valuable connections to others' ideas?
How can I organize and keep my ideas all in one place?
Am I being patient, looking for ways to connect my ideas to others?
It's important to diversify, not just specialize. Find way to connect with people who have different ideas. Connections must be made across disciplines.
With whom am I connecting, in order to hear their ideas?