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Good ideas spread...and win - what are your good ideas?

As mentioned in previous posts, I have really tried to utilize my summer to better myself. I wanted to refine my skills as a progressive
educator who is able to meet the needs of students in a meaningful and
influential way. As such, I have concentrated on new ways to integrate
social media and technology into my classroom instruction. All of the
ideas and suggestions I plan on using started out as ideas. In
particular, they started out not just as ideas, but rather good
ideas, and taking it to the next level, they are good ideas that have
spread. We live in a world where there is no shortage of ideas, however
there is a shortage of good ideas that will ultimately win out and help
shape our society.

This leads me to Seth Godin. Godin is a unique and visionary leader who
sees things a little differently than most. Most importantly, Godin
has been able to identify some of the reasons why good ideas are good
ideas, and in particular why they spread. His major point about the
spread of ideas ties directly to the need and the targeted audience of
the idea. Surprisingly enough, as educators we have become infamous for
using ideas not particularly designed for education, but hey, they seem
to work!

Every day we go to work or talk to a colleague we should take advantage
of this opportunity, and utilize the educators around us and listen to
their ideas. We need to pay attention to our surroundings and keep our
eyes open for those good ideas, especially those ideas that are worthy
of spreading by our hand. One of the biggest advantages to working in
education is the availability of free and reduced resources. If
you tell someone you need something because you are an educator, most
seem willing to throw ideas and resources at you for free simply because
you are in education. Let us take advantage of these ideas and
identify the ideas that are practical for our use. The ideas are out
there, it is up to us to recognize them...and if you want to take it a
step further, start spreading your own ideas...

Open your mind and explore different theories and beliefs, and when you
see no value or purpose in something, try to focus on an audience that
might see value in this concept or idea. Try something new, take a
risk, and discover a world of possibility...you hold the power!

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