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Tony’s question is fairly specific, but anchored in the “what did I learn that I’m glad I did” vein. As I think about that, I am struck by this great quote from Donald Clark
“prepare young people for the tests of life, rather than a life of tests.”,
so am feeling a bit more philosophical about the question than is probably intended.
First off, let me be clear. I am not a programmer nor a developer, so my perspective is more from a trainer/learning manager’s point of view. When I think about the tools, I always come back to the fact that they are all just typing, so that is the critical thing to learn (but even that will be obsolete someday). For example, I used to think that I needed to learn HTML, but so far I’ve gotten by without it, things just keep dumbing down. For people who are creating the dumbed-down stuff, I have no idea what they need to learn. I won’t pretend that I do.
But if I were to mentor another me, what would I suggest? Focus on the user-generated learning content – be both a producer and a consumer and figure out how to tag, categorize, organize and search. I think that is where the tides are turning and the informal will end up. Maybe not forever, but for awhile.
If I had to put together a list of specific tools for today:
Tools come and go, but the gist of Tony’s question is “what am I really glad I learned and has served me well over the years”. If I could be facetious and say pen, paper and a library card, I would. Brains in my head and shoes on my feet are pretty close, too!
What did I miss on my list? Would you agree or disagree with my choices?