I am writing today as Day 7 of the Slice of Life Writing Challenge with twowritingteachers.com.
During the closing keynote today at the NCTIES Conference, Adam Bellow, founder of EduClipper, crafted some wonderful gems. I tweeted my favorite words of his all during the Keynote. If you’d like to see them, please follow me on Twitter at @edu_maples. The comment that has been replaying in my mind all afternoon is, “We need to live our life in Beta. Good today. Better tomorrow.” Now that I have participated in three days of the conference, my mind is on overload mode, however, even with all the new applications that I have learned, I am looking ahead. I am aware, as most people are, that the Beta Version of a website or other technology, is one that is undergoing updates and changes to fix bugs or other issues to make it even better. I am looking to make my life even more robust by thinking of the title of my post today which is “Living a Beta Life”. I love that I can look back on all of the notes that I took in Google Drive or in Evernote and come up with lessons involving technology and then learn from the feedback from my students. Now that I am framing my life experience in terms of it being in a constant Beta state, I have freedom to make mistakes and improve.
Adam suggested that we use futureme.org as a check point for myself. At this site, you can write a letter to yourself with a subject line and schedule a date for it to be sent. I could see me using this to remind myself to not forget something. Since I would be receiving this letter in the future, it would most likely surprise me because I would probably have forgotten that I sent it. I wonder, though, if it would allow me to list my goals then when I receive the letter in the future, I could ask myself, “So how are you doing with achieving your goals?” Life will not remain the same and hopefully I will continue to grow and learn. Technology enhances our capacity to share, connect and learn. Having a checkpoint by reviewing the letter is a great way to see how I’m coming along with my Beta life and to prompt me to move forward if for some reason, I would not be where I planned. I could also see having students write future letters to themselves about their goals for the future at the beginning of the year and sending it to themselves mid year for a life review and re-calibration.
Apps will change. Websites will change. Our ability to be flexible and watchful will allow us to embrace change and live purposefully as well as thankfully. I will make changes to lessons, add my own twist, and allow the Beta Life mentality to become my new vision. I might feel good today about my lessons, but they can always improve. Good Today, Better Tomorrow!