When You Fall Out of "the Box"

What’s it take for you to think “out of the box?” For me, it’s the juxtaposition of two ideas (or activities) that force me to compare something I hadn’t previously considered. It happened to me yesterday and I keep having that “V8 moment” when you slap your hand to your forehead and say, Why didn’t I think of this sooner? 

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While I often think of screencasting to showcase how to use technology in instructional settings, I found myself stepping over the imaginary boundaries of screencast usage yesterday. I know, it wasn’t that big of a step but mentally, it was. That bothered me because I should have thought of how to use screencasting to showcase for Transportation staff how to accomplish a simple thing–using GreenShot snapshot program on Windows to capture a screen then print it.

Here’s my write-up on the situation, which featured two people involved. I suppose what was pretty “duh!” for me was, “Why didn’t I think of using Screencastify to do this for non-instructional staff earlier?”

With that in mind, a new question I’m asking myself is, “How can you use screencasting in situations other than what you’ve typically used it for?”

And, in fact, how can I use technology in my role as a tech director in ways I haven’t imagined before? For me, that’s “out of the box” thinking.

  1. Find two disparate ideas or ways of doing cognitively different tasks and then put them next to each other. What does one way of doing things teach you about accomplishing the other?
  2. While working on one task, switch to another. Is there a way you can do the new, unrelated task similar to the way you did the first?
  3. Be open to possibilities via your professional learning network (PLN). How are they doing things that you can push yourself to try?

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