My answers on the ISTE SIGAdmin survey

The ISTE SIGAdmin just asked its membership two questions. Here are my answers...


1. How has the Internet changed thinking?

The Internet has allowed distributed thinking (and thus learning) to become more visible, thus facilitating conversations (and thus learning) and connections and collaborations that previously were impossible.

2. What Web 2.0 tool do you find most helpful in your administrative work?

Google Reader is without a doubt the most useful tool in my technology arsenal. As much as my blog is doing for me (and it's doing lots), I'm watching over 500 feeds in my Reader - organized by topical folders - and my learning (quantity, quality, rate) is astounding me right now.

What would you have said?

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