Thanks for your help in allowing me to stay connected despite the blocking software at school. I now can follow my gmail and twitter from school. There is a method to the madness and so far I haven’t made anyone question me. Of course I only have time to twitter at lunch and the email is slow during the day when we are all working. But it is nice to know I am but a few keystrokes away (and sometimes more than a few as I work to get around the blocked sites) to be in touch with my network. Now I don’t feel so angry or deprived as I did before. Great suggestions from many.
I have three presentations in the next ten days. I am scheduled to present at the SC EdTech conference this Thursday, October 25th. My session is titled “Feed the Mind with RSS,” and I plan to talk about
how reading blogs, having a social network, and participating in live streamed events can really help folks streamline their own professional development learning. Then Monday, October 29 I will present two sessions at our district’s Teacher Technology Fair. The first one is titled “From Paper & Pencil to Digital Storytelling.” The other is “Web 2.0: It’s a Whole New World.” I was pushed to submit a title for these district presentations, and now am not really happy with their titles. BUT c’est la vie.
I am happy with the content that will be coming out of all of them, and must thank my network (YOU) for the content, hyperlinks, ideas, titles suggestions (cuz I really like the dgital storytelling idea offered by twitterverse!), and more. Specifically, I can thank David Jakes, who pointed me to his own Delicious account for some of his links related to Digital Storytelling and personal professional development. I can thank Will Richardson, who is going to let me use his wiki for the web 2.0 session–I see no reason to reinvent that wheel. the K12Online Conference also deserves some credit. Fabulous content coming from there. And I will thank the twitterverse in advance b/c on that Oct 29 day, I will ask for shout outs saying hi to my groups. I want them to see first hand the power you as a network give me.
Last week I was so totally unmotivated in working on my presentation material, as I have become increasingly disenchanted with talking heads, be it in the classroom, in a conference session, or on tv (Ustream or network programming.) I myself am less satisfied if I have to sit and listen, so I am trying to tweak my presos to ensure I have some kind of engaging activity, and am trying to model after Will Richardson, and just by-golly tell a story with images, and not bullet points. Aye-aye-aye to think that in these next ten days the number of sessions I’ll sit through all will ask me to do that!
But, that’s okay b/c I have YOU, network, to keep me awake, make me laugh, help me gain deeper understanding of points made in sessions, and enjoy my professional development opportunities that are coming my way. Who knows, maybe I’ll Ustream some presos out to you who may be interested. After all, I am but a learner in a wide field of experts in my network, specifically YOU.