My brain is hurting, but in a good way. More wonderful tools presented before the break, and I am just so thankful you have them referenced on the class website, Craig. Thank you … I’ll be coming back for weeks/months to come.
Largely, I’ve been “playing” this afternoon,, which I now believe to be a sickly sweet euphemism for learning by trial and error. But it is how I learn best, so all is good. Trial and error mostly related to html coding, what to teach and getting it to “work” in my own webpage. I had a bizarre experience, which I will talk through tomorrow … I could “embed” video from YouTube this morning at school to WordPress, but could not do it when I came home, prompting a bit of research and discovery that WP does not allow it. (But it allowed me this morning …. <frustration> ….</frustration>.
My three mini-lessons for tomorrow will hopefully prove useful to others … the Pinterest and TweetDeck appealing to the PD side in people and html widget creation appealing to the inner geek. I’m unsure why I couldn’t find the ready-made widget for embedding the latest Tweets into the blog, as I have done on my personal WP site. For follow up tomorrow.
One of the things I have thought a lot about in my time as a tech-positive-trying-to-walk-the-talk administrator is the time I spend making videos, updating my blog, designing spreadsheets and pivot tables, doing mail merges for certificates, and the list goes on … but that is all time I am not in classrooms and hanging out with kids and teachers, just getting to know them. I love the creative and product oriented side of creating media, and crunching data so that it leads to some ah-has, but I wonder if it the best use of my time. I felt a huge weight off my shoulders when I let go of being the “go-to” person for our student management system as far as getting learning goals input into it, and helping teachers with their grade books and then producing report cards. I loved the challenge of getting the system to do something it was not designed to do, but I always felt there were others who were better suited to tackle the challenge if they had the time and felt an urgency to do so.
Time … it all comes down to time and priorities.