I have just read a reveiw (scroll down the page after clicking to see the review) of the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein and I think it was what I was trying to do today when introducing online collaborative tools to my colleagues. By showing how I use them and the difference they make to my work I was nudging them towards making a decision to use them in their work.
‘For a nudge to be successful it needs to be ‘anchored’. You are unlikely to choose well when you don’t know what the decision will ‘look like’ or what the benefits of that decision will be. It is hard to overstate the impact of peer pressure – we nudge each other all the time – and social influences are very powerful.’
I showed bookmarking, blogging and Voice Thread; two ideas that we can use in our own work and one that we can use with children (although I know that children can use bookmarking and blogging as well). One of the tools that attracted a lot of attention was the bookmarking and in particular diigo for its tools to highlight and comment on texts. There are several areas of our work where reading and critiquing are important aspects and this would be a tool that would facilitate it.
And if you were wondering what it is in the photo, this is the christmas tree that my team made out of newspaper and masking tape in the afternoon. It was required to stand on its own and to have an angel on top. Although we fulfilled the criteria, ours was not the most aesthetically pleasing, looking a tad scruffy.