Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thing #23

I've said it before and now I'm going to repeat myself, "This is one of the best training classes I've ever taken." One of my favorite discoveries has been to create my own blog. (1) This has floored my kids (and myself). I want to maintain it and probably add it to my TeacherLingo Ning. I hate to admit it, but emerging technology when I was growing up (whoops! I'm going to date myself on this one) was going from a manual typewriter, to an electric typewriter, to word processors, to working on computers the size of a VW Bug with the memory capacity of a lima bean. (2) I was really beginning to feel out of loop on technology. But, I think 23 Things has given me the self-confidence to try new things and explore what's out there.
I used to be the last one to sign up for technology classes (3); now I can't wait for next summer to take part 2 of this course. Who knew?!
I can't imagine changing anything about this course. (4) Having the get togethers in the beginning of the summer helped me through the initial rough patches. Without that help, I may have given it up because I was truly in over my head. The face - to - face meets bolstered my self confidence and every one was so nice I didn't feel like the village idiot.
(5) I would so take another course offered like this. I have learned so much! I will probably need the school year to practice what I've learned and to revisit 23 Things so that I can keep going back to all the different web sites. Besides I love the CommonCraft guys!!
(6) Unlike other staff development courses/training where you sit and watch other people demostrate or listen to other people's explanations, I actually had to explore the different websites, create blogs/videos and join web based communities. Your motto should be "Go Forth And Learn!"
Thanks for an outstanding class!

1 comment:

  1. loved the analogy of the manual typerwriter, etc. I was right there with you!
    Hope you will take your knowledge and go forth and share with your students and the nshare some with us in your blog so we can see your successes!