Social media, professional learning communities, and collaborative authoring environments have expanded learning opportunities. Developing productive personal learning habits can accelerate your career and extend your impact. Following are five tips that might just change your life. Log questions, blog answers. When someone asks you a tough question and you don't feel like you have an adequate answer, write it down. Turn it into a writing prompt and open a Google Doc. As you work through your own thinking on the subject you'll find the serendipity of online life delivers answers. Keeping good questions in front of you focuses your awareness and learning. A couple of recent examples include:
- A couple meetings with impact game developers led to 26 Impulses That Sustain Engagement.
- A lively chat with the Bloomboard staff led to a discussion of Education as a Public Good.
- 25 Tips and Strategies from a Carnegie Foundation report on student motivation
- A story on the context-driven future of the web offered some obvious parallels to personalized learning.
- An NPR story about materials science offered some great connections to our GenDIY series about young adults caring their own course to a career they love.
- A couple stories about blogging and content marketing resulted in our observations for educators.
- Reviewing all leading K-12 Learning platforms.
- We explored all the ways teachers use Big History Project.
- We dug into coding and career readiness.
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Disclosure: Tom Vander Ark is CEO of Getting Smart and a partner at Learn Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in educational technology.