What is technology stewardship?
“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs”
(Wenger, E., White, N., Smith, J.D., 2009, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities” CPSquare)
In a few words, technology stewardship refers to those people that have that sense of getting things done, by using all the resources available out there. These people can, for example, shape how the actions of a group proceed (how information is spread, assuring everybody gets the information, sharing files and documents etc.).
So how do your preferences influence the tool that you are using?
Each of us is unique, meaning each of us has his/her own personality, likes, dislikes, needs and wants. The possibility that the Internet gives us today, is that each individual can choose an online tool to use, by the criteria above (more or others). They come in a wide range from websites that mostly host text and pictures (as a blog) to huge social communities such as Facebook.
What happens to these preferences while an individual is a part of a group?
Well, we all know that people influence one other in certain amounts. So what if every member has his own preference? From my point of view, there are only 2 possible outcomes. Either the group of people that work together adopt one single tool to use, if they’re all happy about it or they use multiple platforms, which usually gets kinda tricky to control (it may happen that not everybody gets access to that information).
What would i do?
Tricky question. Most likely i would share one or more tools that i use and ask the group what they think about it, listen to other propositions and start asking questions to find the one that best suits our needs. Or do some research about other tools that i haven’t used by now.
Coming back to how people influence one another. If someone comes up with an interesting idea, usually my opinion would be “Let’s give it a try.”. You could say that i like to challenge myself and test out some other peoples ideas or do some research before jumping to conclusions.
In one of my school groups, from the very beginning we started brainstorming about online tools and jumped right on some that we all use and have in common. Even though we are using multiple platforms to reach our goals, we manage to keep everything organised and in it’s place for a better result.
Cheers to our groups!