It used to be that your choices for sharing your ideas, thoughts, and expertise were few and seemingly reserved for a small fortunate number of anointed gurus. You could write a book (and hope it was chosen for publication), submit an article to a magazine or journal (see note about writing the book), or invest time and energy into finding forums (such as conferences ad visiting other schools) that might be open to hearing your ideas. For many people, the daunting task of trying to share was overwhelming. The net result was a culture of educators who like the idea of sharing, but mostly felt powerless to do anything about it.
Today, those barriers to sharing no longer exist.
You want to write a book? Do it. If you can't find a publisher (or don't want to try to find one), publish it yourself.
Want to share articles about your ideas and thoughts? Start your own blog. Submit a guest post for someone else's. Publish your own online journal/magazine.
Want to share in real time with other educators? Join a Twitter chat. Open a Google+ account and hangout with your circles. Skype in with another school and demonstrate your techniques.
The technological resources available today make sharing, connecting, and learning from others easier than ever before. Sure, the traditional venues are still available. There is nothing wrong with pursuing them, but you are not restricted to them only. As a matter of fact, if you take ownership of your sharing and consistently provide great resources to others, the traditional venues may come knocking on your door.
As a side note, I am happy to discuss and share any of the insights, ideas, thoughts, etc. found in this blog or in my eBooks. If you are interested, please email me.
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