I've heard the question being asked on NPR again and again recently: Is there too much information nowadays? Luddites would day say yes, resoundingly. And for goodness sake, there's a few new apps for your thing-a-mi-jig created daily. To me, it often feels like there is too much information. On the other hand, it also helps to have a lot of information, because you know you're bound to find exactly what you were looking for, even if takes a while to sort through it all.
When I find an interesting new blog out there, I get thrilled! I immediately become a follower without hesitation. But really, do I have the time to keep up with hundreds of blogs about literacy (and the list keeps growing)? I think not. And my husband, I know, would agree with me.
This past Sunday morning, we took a family break from our computers. Wow! We got so much accomplished. I was surprised how much more cleaning and quality hang out time we were able to squeeze into 4 hours. It made me sad to think about how much time I waste on this thing: checking my blog, checking fb, personal email, work email, news sites, Hulu, etc... Ahhh! I tell my husband that I'm "going on my rounds" and checking all those necessary sites before we leave for the day, before dinner, before bed, whenever. We joke about it. But it's become such a regular part of my day that I don't think twice about how often I waste my time on the computer.
I also wonder is this blog adding anything to the conversation about literacy? Or it is just another member of an already loud and large choir? When I started this blog I wanted to do it for me- to help synthesize everything that's out there to help me and my school community make sense of all the information that's out there. But is it helping me and my community?
What do you think? Have we reached capacity on information- blogs, tv shows, news outlets, social networking? Or, as we forge ahead, do we need to find better ways to make sense of it all? Do you all have any tips on how you keep your sanity and keep all the beneficial information you encounter organized? Fellow bloggers and information consumers, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Be well! Read on!
Hi friends! This blog is for teachers and families- all for the sheer joy of literacy. When we are enthusiastic about reading and writing our students and our own kids become excited to read and write. I hope that we all can be models for those in our care- how did you show your passion for reading, writing, learning, language, or words today?? It's in those small, daily moments that we teach kids to love literacy.