The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge, however, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses
The role of the educator has evolved into the person able to teach students how to skillfully access knowledge at the right times. Building of the “pipe” is an essential skill that allows for the acquisition of content within the pipe. I have enjoyed using Twitter to connect to various groups to find out information related to Japanese language and culture and teaching and learning. The Reader set-up is another way of setting up a new pipeline and routing different feeds my way. While I may be challenged to read up on and take in all the additional input, there has definitely been some interesting leads that have branched off to other ideas and thinking regarding my practice.
The blog, Twitter account, Delicious account, etc. have been ways to make use of the newly acquired information. The tools also allow me to better organize the links and information. The blog has been a good way to put items in a centra
l location for easier access at a later date.