Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?
I came out as a growth mindset which I found interesting as often I am resistant to change. I do however believe that when it comes to personal skills you can grow and change. How did you go?
When it comes to ICTs I think I might fall, on occasion, into the reluctant growth mindset. Sometimes I am a little hesitant, okay a lot hesitant, to try out new technologies especially those that don’t seem to make and sense to me or I can’t work out the use. When I first dove into blogging the first post was the hardest but since then it has pretty much been the same recipe with a few tweaks here and there. Post some photos and attach a story or post a story with pretty photos to go with. On occasion there has been the odd link or video and sometimes I even redecorate, it is comfortable and safe because I have experimented with the settings and found out how things work. Well now I am trying out a different blogging platform so it is back to the drawing board, click on this, click on that, see what it does, try and find what makes it do what I want and well 3rd post in, so far, so good. The hardest thing was trying to get the word cloud from the last post on there. I ended up doing a screen shot and inserting it as a picture after some cropping. Now how did I found out how to do that, well I looked it up.
I am always pretty happy to fiddle around with new ICTs unless they are frustrating and don’t make sense but my younger brother, nearly a who generation away in age never hesitates to try things out because he has grown up with the constantly changing technology, way more complicated than the computer we occasionally used pretty much just for word processing and was it DOS games (??) as kids. Technology has changed so much in such a short time, my Great Grandfather helped with installing the first computer in Australia not so many generations ago that took up a whole room and was really just a type writer and now look at us pretty much having technology at our fingertips every hour of every day if we wish, technology that can do almost anything we want. So with all of that around how could I not be open to using it, trying it and learning about it.
So to wrap up this pretty wordy post, sometimes I find new technology a little bit overwhelming and scary but I will usually give anything a go.
How about you, do you think you have a growth mindset when it comes to technology?