The Pleasures and Pains of Lifelong Learning

In her post entitled Frustrating, life enhancing learning, educator and author Lisa Durff shares the frustrations and ultimate elations brought about as one embarks upon the attainment of new skills, knowledge, and levels of understanding. I've only just met Durff, but she has already left an indelible impression on me as an educator who is willing to stretch her boundaries and risk being frustrated or uncomfortable in an effort to enhance the lives of her students.
I'm still pretty new to the concept of Web 2.0 and the use of social participative media in education - a concept I picked up by visiting Ewan McIntosh's blog postings. Of particular interest is a recent post in which he explains the rapid rate at which blogging is catching on among Scottish educators - a pace that is fast out pacing the same trend among corporate/business entities. Some serious lifelong learning/growth happening there! Durff explained to me that one's "age" in the Web 2.0 participation culture is calculated from the moment at which you first became aware of its existence. If so, that puts me at about three weeks old. Luckily, with the help of a burgeoning social network of savvy educators and other lifelong learners, I will become older and hopefully wiser in the use of technologies like blogging, podcasting, and all other things related to what the folks over at Connecting the Dots describe as the Rise of the Participation Culture.

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