After receiving a canoe & kayak magazine recently (see image), I became inspired to learn more and explore kayaking further. It’s something I really enjoy doing but don’t have a lot of experience with yet. This past summer I did a ton of kayaking and really got hooked.
To further my knowledge and learn more, I did a few things that I now tend to do whenever I’m learning about something new.
- Went on google – to explore possible kayak adventures for the summer
- Went on Twitter – began following kayak lists and #hashtags
- Went on Youtube and Vimeo – to discover great videos and tutorials
- Went on delicious – to search for online resources that others had tagged
This is typically how I learn about new things whether it is education related or just for my personal interest and exploring things I am passionate about. I talked about this recently when I taught an online micro-lesson in my ECMP 455 course. These web tools are great not only for educational purposes but also for personal use and exploring things you are interested in. I feel like in a very short amount of time I was able to gain some valuable kayaking knowledge and began to make some connections with others who share this interest.
I’m interested in knowing how others learn about things they have a passion for.
Do you use various web 2.0 tools for exploring your passion? What type of steps do you take when learning about something new?
Below I have included a short clip of me kayaking this past summer. It is unedited and not the greatest quality but it is a start. Next summer I hope to start making some great kayaking videos like many of the ones I have discovered. I’m considering purchasing an underwater case for my iPod nano which has a video camera. I get excited just thinking about the possiblities…