What does the way you play have to do with embracing change and how does this impact you as a professional?
Almost all of the blogs I read had a nice description of what “play” was and how it’s nice to play as children and that we should play more often as adults, but I commented to Natalie and Tristan that I felt play had everything to do with solving a problem. When I “play” with something, I am trying a new procedure or task, or tinkering with a tech device to fix it. I don’t equate playing with learning, as so many of my cohort stated. In fact, I commented to Tristan, “How is it we want to make a casual statement that playing will enhance learning?” I do believe that play has some beneficial qualities, one of which may be learning, but I don’t think that is the main purpose of play. When I “play” chess, for example, it’s not like a child “playing” during recess. During chess, you are trying to capture the King, which may happen after a combination of “right” moves from which there are millions of combinations. The solution to the problem is to capture the King. This is how I view play. There needs to be a solution to a problem. Play gives me that. I know this is probably a skewed definition of play, but it is my personal definition. I appreciated the others view of play and how it impacts our profession.
Josie made a comment in her blog about loving Windows 7 and getting used to Windows 10 in her reference about technology. I am getting really old! I think that I have a unique perspective about technology over the years. I was young enough to see the developments that technology has afforded over the years. I remember when banks were going to start allowing “debit” transactions (that seems so commonplace now) or when any type of product was going to have a special UPC bar code for tracking, ordering, and pricing purposes, or more shocking still, I remember when the Internet was available to the public! I remember telling my colleagues at the time, “I’m surfing the net!”, gesturing balancing on a board with my arms in the air. 🙂
In these technological times, for professionals that are supposed to utilize technology, it really comes down to “adapt or die”. There is no subtle way to say it. I try to stay up with technology advances, but there seems to be an exponential growth happening. It’s more and more difficult to “stay ahead”, it is more likely that I can, “stay afloat” instead. Which is not a bad thing, but it reminds us that we all need to be flexible and willing to learn new technology as often as possible. I hope to do this…