How to become a TECHNOLOGY EXPERT

How To Become An ExpertIn Creating Passionate Users, Kathy Sierra shares her view on becoming an expert:

The only thing standing between you-as-amateur and you-as-expert is dedication. All that talk about prodigies? We could all be prodigies (or nearly so) if we just put in the time and focused. At least that’s what the brain guys are saying. Best of all–it’s almost never too late.

And since a picture is worth 10^3 words, her brilliant graph says it all…

How many times do we see students “drop out”? Sure, they might still physically be in your classroom, but some kids mentally check out as soon as the going gets tough. They need to know that it’s OK to start in the “suck zone”. How many times do we see TEACHERS who are new to technology do this very same thing? They also need to know that it’s OK to start in the suck zone, because everybody does! However, the goal is to exit the suck zone as quickly as possible. They also need to know that reentry into the suck zone is possible and not entirely unexpected whenever adding new technology to the mix.

For me though, becoming an expert wasn’t a steady uphill climb. My graph had more hills and valleys, and it looked something like this:

How I Became an Expert

And since I’m not exactly one to just sit on my laurels, I expect to encounter another valley (or two…) this year. But I don’t view it as Death Valley, it’s just a temporary change in elevation that comes with the territory. 🙂

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