I remember my first computer, an IBM 8088, and actually getting connected to the Internet. The connection was slow and certain pages would not load, but it was a fascinating experience just the same. In college, I remember the early days working with Yahoo and realizing how difficult it was to search for things. My first exposure to Yahoo was actually sitting in the university library, and I remember thinking how limited the library would be in the future versus the potential the Internet had to offer.
Fast-forwarding (many years) to today, I find myself connected to many people thanks to the Internet. I see my own online identity in a constant state of flux as I am constantly trying out new technologies that best serve my own learning and teaching practice. Currently, I, along with Janet, maintain this blog, and participate in Classroom 2.0 and Meta as my three-way link to others. I use the blog to formalize my thoughts and to get them recorded in order to help me reflect on them later. I use Classroom 2.0 because it links me to many educators who teach a variety of subjects. And I like Meta because it gives me the opportunity to learn from teachers who teach primarily in Mexico. Oh, I´m using NetVibes too as my home aggregator – I like Google reader but I prefer the NetVibe interface.
My perspective on my own teaching practice and the learning process in general is constantly changing. Basically, it continues to shift to basing my instruction and assessment on my students output through formative means. Following the curriculum, I attempt to find new ways that give the learners the support they need to develop their own means and ways in pursuit of some particular end – instead of me dictating what that end should be.