Tech Addict or Learning Addict?


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I have been called a “tech addict” by some of my family, colleagues and friends. I have my phone or some device very close to me almost always. On the rare occasion that I forget my phone, I am one of those people who spend a little bit of time shaking. I can be seen on my device during any “down” time I have…waiting for pick up at my daughter’s dance class, while waiting in line at Space Mountain, sitting at a gymnastics meet (which is where I was when I started this post. Note– there are hours of down time at gymnastics meets), and sometimes even while waiting at a red light. People say: “Can’t you just sit and do nothing?” or “Can’t you just look around?”

So… Here’s my answer….

Why am I always on a device?

Now, I can’t lie. There are times I am texting a friend or I’m on Facebook, but MOST of the time, I am on twitter looking at the latest resources from my PLN (Personal Learning Network) (or sharing some!), or I’m checking out some recent bookmarks posted to one of the Diigo groups to which I belong, or I’m reading the latest educational/ technology/ e-learning and edu blog posts via zite (a customized magazine feeding me topics I choose!), or I may even be in evernote jotting down a few notes about an idea for a future blog post or an idea that has just popped into my head about a project for my class OR… most recently, I might be on Goodreads, which is connected to my Twitter account, checking out what my PLN is reading and what they thought about their latest book. Sometimes, believe it or not, I’m even reading a “real” book, digitally.

I can do all of this ANYWHERE at ANYTIME. I have unquestionably learned countless, remarkable things from my mobile devices while in some “unconventional” places.

So, maybe I am an “addict”. But what is it that I am addicted to? Is it to technology or to learning?

If Walt Disney was an administrator…

Disney World–  you either love it or hate it.

The fact that we just came home from our 13th trip of my 14-year-old daughter’s life probably tells you which side we are on.  We have been driving, and camping, in Fort Wilderness for most of these trips and we never get sick of it. WHY? What is it about Disney that keeps us  coming back?

  • Is it because the rides are so much fun?
  • Is it because everyone is so happy all the time?
  • Is it because it is so clean?
  • Is it because the mathematical part of me is so fascinated with the queuing theory?
  • Is it because there is always something new to see?

Those things definitely contribute to it,  but I REALLY think it is because there is a distinct feeling I get when I’m there. It doesn’t happen in any other place. Why is that?

This trip, it hit me right in the face as I was walking through the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney had it!  A mission and a vision. It was a clear, articulate mission from the start (“Make People Happy”  -Walt Disney Co. original Mission Statement) and he had a very clear vision to carry out his mission.

Walt is quoted as stating the following :

“I believe in being an innovator.”

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”

“When we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right.”

“Get a good idea, and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.”

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

(Note: More than 40 years ago he was talking about innovation! )

Some of these quotes are  posted around the parks for all to see and when I saw them, it “clicked”. I am drawn to all of these words. They excite me. They make me come back again and again. Dream Builders! I love it.

Imagine if Walt Disney was an administrator. What if all administrators/educators had vision like this? What would our schools be like? Can you imagine the experience our students would have ? Shouldn’t we all view ourselves as “dream builders”?

Check out some of Walt’s other amazing quotes here.

Best Leadership Quotes

Ten Things Walt Disney Taught Me About Innovation