Keeping Up with The Times

TimeIn order to stay in touch with what is going on in your industry, how do you keep up? In order to advance or even just stay current in your field, most of us have to read industry materials, like blogs, online articles, and magazines.

While reading one of these in an education article, I came across the following quote that had been attributed to the UCR University Honors Program in California, “While ever you are talking, you’re not listening. If you’re not listening, you’re not learning.” It encapsulated so well some of my thoughts lately.

So, how do we keep up with technology and our career field? Below are a few tips:

  1. Don’t just randomly read information. Find the blogs/websites of a few respected experts in your field. In my case, I found a few blogs of some internationally known educators. They will be constantly scanning the horizon, enabling me to digest the summaries from their blogs.
  2. Always keep a magazine or other reading materials with you. Or, make sure you have the online materials bookmarked on your phone or mobile device. If I am standing in line or sitting in a waiting room, I can be learning something related to training or technology instead of just reading whatever is available.
  3. Set aside time each week, maybe during your lunch hour or instead of watching a television show, to learn. After turning off the television more at my house, I realize how little I miss some of the shows that I thought I could not live without.

I know that these tips may not work for everyone. They are just my plan to help me learn more effectively and efficiently. I’m keeping up with new technology more, which makes me feel more confident when I’m teaching or talking with others. I hope some of these tips work for you, too!

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