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The Info-Diet Survey:
What's Your Information Diet? You are what you know?
http://lone-eagles.com/academy-info-diet.htm

Cut and Paste the following short survey into your word processor and complete it. Send it to your instructor as directed.

How many minutes or hours per day on the rough average do you take in new information using different media and mediums? Consider further breaking down your info-diet by information value: entertainment, professional development, current events, socializing locally, socializing beyond the local. Consider addressing the medium, time spent, the volume received, and the value, with an eye toward assessing best practices to model for your students.

While info-diet inputs are important, consider also your information outputs - how might you learn to become more productive using smarter tools, such as www.jingproject.com as an example? (See the demo)  What volume and value do you produce daily, weekly, monthly, using which mediums and for what audiences?  Noting that many educators regularly produce a high volume of instructional content for global audiences, as an example.

Consider that we read at between 500-1000 words per minute, and talk at around 100wpd. Educational research shows we retain 25% of what we hear, and 50% of what we read, and 75% of whatever we're involved in hands-on. At issue is best use of your time getting the right mix of daily information to meet your information needs at all levels.

The goal of this exercise is to set the stage for potentially introducing radical new efficiencies for making best use of your time accessing the best information possible that will be of the greatest practical use to you through new web-based tools and collaboration with peers.

My Current Information Diet:

How many minutes or hours per day are you:

___Reading books, newspapers, magazines?

___TV - news, educational, entertainment?

___Using Search Engines and Surfing the web?

___RSS Feeds - blogs, wikis, other collaborative web-based tools?

___Reading or writing Email?

___Telephone? 

___Internet via smartphones, Ipads?

___Face-to-face conversations with peers?

___Other, and please feel invited to add additional mediums and methods.

Please feel invited to offer your additional reflections on this activity.

 What would be your ideal Info-Diet and what topics would you like to learn more about as a part of your ideal info-diet?

 

Geekatude Survey

 

Definition: Geekatude is the level of your combination of self-confidence and curiosity to instigate self-directed "play" exploring and learning new technology tools and skills. The first digital generation seems to have a very high level, whereas previous generations not so much.

 

Assessing our current level of personal Geekatude growth.

 

A few first hard facts:


Technology skills are generally easy - once you know how, and really frustrating when you don't, particularly if you don't have any smart friends to ask for help.

 

Those new to technology often get really frustrated, really fast.

Those new to information "feeds" often get info-overloaded very quickly.

 

With experience, we learn better what to ignore and how to absorb more and more information inputs before our brains fill up. Our capacity grows with practice as does our self-confidence.

 

With experience, we learn most online systems are more similar than they are different. We learn the insider tricks, like writing down our usernames and passwords, and where the HELP button can be found, and who around us will tolerate our questions.

 

Eventually, our tech learning will become fun as we enjoy growth in self-confidence that comes with discovering how clever we really are, and we begin enjoying our new capabilities which we can directly use with our students.

 

Complete the following survey and save it, with the plan for revisiting the survey after completing this course.

 

Geekatude Self-Assessment Survey:

 

1.           I am learning what to ignore, and what to pay attention to.

 

______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

 

2.            I am never impatient with myself or feel stupid when I get stuck.

______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

3.           I know most tricks are easy once you know how, and most systems are quite similar.

______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

 

4.           My current level of desire to learn more about instructional uses of technology


______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

 

5.           My current level of ability to teach myself more about instructional uses of technology


______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

 

6.           My current level of ability to absorb lots of new information from many sources regularly. (info-diet inputs)


______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)

 

7.           My current level of ability to produce lots of new content using many new content creation tools. (info-diet outputs)


______1. Low (newbie)   2. Better (scouting)  3. Average (mildly confident) 4. Some Swagger 5. Guru (bring it on)