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A couple of days ago, this showed up on Jason Kottke’s site:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVkdfJ9PkRQ&feature=player_embedded]
If you don’t know Jason Kottke, he’s a super huge blogger who has millions of page views and crashes websites with his links. He’s one of those people who finds cool and interesting things on the internet and shares them, often before anyone else knows about them.
This also got picked up by a few physics teachers and posted to some of the physics listservs.
But in this case, when I saw this post i thought “gee, where have I seen this before?” and I thought back to an email I got from Frank Noschese back on Sept 21 with a link to the very same thing. And he tweeted it too.
This is just one data point, but it does reinforce my thinking that if you want to get to the cutting edge of what’s happening in a discipline, like physics teaching, you really need to be on twitter and reading blogs. The listservs, which are great, are still a bit behind the vanguard, and often conferences, sad to say, are even further behind that.
Why is this? I think it’s rather simple—blogs and twitter are faster. I tweet something, I get a response—almost instantly, and usually from more than one person. If I put up a blog post, like this one, I’ll have comments and things to think about the very next day. Conversations on listservs, however, play out over days, and therefore take much longer to sharpen your thinking.
So for those who say they don’t have time for twitter or blogging—I would respond that twitter and blogging are all about saving time; these tools bring more ideas together more quickly so that innovation takes off like a bonfire, rather than a slow smolder. Just think how much time you spend looking for ideas journals like The Science Teacher, or reading through a long thread on a listserv. Twitter and Blogging can make insights like these happen far more quickly.
If I’m right, look forward to hearing a whole lot more about Khan Academy (Frank’s latest target) in the coming months.