In one of my previous blog entries I was puzzled by 'split-second' decisions to be made in answer to the question 'which tool?'. My puzzlement hasn't dissolved, rather it did increase. While working with technologies in learning and teaching I increasingly miss the time to 'look back', or, in more fashionable words: to reflect on what we are doing in TEL these days, and - more importantly - why we're doing it.
So, reflective practice seems to be more difficult in an area which develops continuously at a rather fast pace. Additionally, a constant 'trouble shooting' approach dominates in the world of digital technology. Systems have flaws, and users forget, or there's too much demand at peak times: the possibilities and the resulting calls for help are numerous for people working as supporters and developers of technology.
So, there's a need for setting time aside, not only to keep up-to-date with emerging technologies, with new and creative applications and use of technology in learning and teaching, but also to take stock of what has happened in my own practice so far.