- Techniques for Effective Technology Integration: In the spring semester of last year, I started writing a book after getting a lot of support from my PLN. I wrote an outline and even published drafts of the introduction and the first 3 chapters. Then, I got distracted by life and haven’t gotten back to it yet.
So, why am I writing about all of this? The answer is twofold. When dealing with student motivation, we need to be wary of operating in a strictly long-term modality. Telling students that they should do a homework assignment because it will be harder for them to get accepted into a good college if they do not is really not an effective motivator for most students. People have a hard time relating the consequences of the short-term to their longer-term futures. Similarly, if students are working on an extended project (i.e. several weeks), there should be checkpoints and smaller goals so that students can gain feedback and share progress.
Second, many of you know the situation I am currently in and I am not going to devote many more words to it hear. In short, though, I may have more time on my hands than usual during the school year this year. I’ve been kicking around the idea of starting another book with the working title of Professional Development 2.0, covering all things blogs, Twitter, EduPLN, unconferences (TeachMeet/EdCamp/Barcamp, etc…), and more. The only thing discouraging me is the worry that I will start yet another worthwhile (at least in my opinion) project and not finish it. It also does not help that my wife’s computer broke, so we are sharing one 7-year old Thinkpad.
What do you think? Should I undertake the project or focus on more down-to-earth endeavors? How do you keep motivated and on-track with your own long-term projects? I appreciate any feedback.