Digital Is site, I came across an interesting way to consider it. Kim Jaxon, an assistant professor of English at CSU, Chico and member of the Northern California Writing Project offers this:
"I’d like to take a small step towards exploring the question “where
do I start?” when thinking about new technologies. But instead of
leading with something that may cause varying degrees of anxiety, I’d
like you to consider something more positive first: Think about
something you’ve learned to do well. Perhaps you are a proficient baker,
mechanic, soccer coach, bargain shopper, or musician?
I’ll give you a moment.
Now ask: How did I learn to do that or become that person? What
resources and material conditions mattered as I developed an identity
around this activity? What spaces mattered? What mentoring did I
receive? How did I learn to be a part of the discourse community that
surrounds that activity?
When I ask students to answer these questions, it is because I want
them to think about learning, particularly the social nature of
learning. I also want them to remember that learning to be a certain
kind of person—a person who plays the guitar or a person who writes—is
made up of a complex ecology of mentors, activities, spaces, tools, and
language. Even as we become mentors ourselves in areas of interest, we
often realize that we’re never really done learning how to be this
person, never really done thinking, improving, or innovating.
My hope would be that you could take this feeling of competence in
some task--combined with an understanding that learning to do something
you feel good about is complicated--and apply that to your approach to
learning about digital spaces and tools. What resources might you need?
What spaces matter? Who could function as a mentor? Where could you
Please respond to any or all of the questions from Jaxon's take on starting.