For the past two years, I have spent a great deal of time trying to help teachers and administrators use technology to transform educational practices. The skill levels of participants is extremely varied, and would probably be similar to the skills of educators in most schools. The challenge for all of us educators is to continually learn and improve to ensure that we are successful.
A recent post on Educational Technology Guy summarized some of the essential important points from a keynote speech delivered by Foursquare founder Naveen Selvadurai. In his keynote, Selvadurai talked about the factors that he identified as keys to success. These factors are certainly relevant to any type of new learning, and certainly technology!
Be Curious — look at things and wonder why. Wonder if something can do more. Wonder if you can make something better or different. Ask why? Ask how?
Keep Learning — never stop learning. Be a life-long learner. Learn because you are curious. Learn because you want to better yourself.Don’t Be Afraid to Fail — no one succeeds on the first try. For every great success, there are hundreds of failures. You learn from your failures and they help you succeed. We should encourage students this way in school also.Be Passionate — be passionate and excited about what you do, no matter what. Why do it if you aren’t passionate or don’t care. This goes for everything you do, from cleaning your room to doing your work.Keep Good Company — be around people who share your values and beliefs. Be with people who are passionate, curious, and keep learning. Surround yourself with people who will help you succeed, not lead you to failure or troubles.