Thursday, December 11, 2008

New opportunities

Hooray!! And yet, I am very sad. I finished up the work for the class that required that I create this blog. Wow, what a class! It challenged us in every way to inhabit the digital community and become natives. I will never be a teen-texter, but I have developed a strong understanding of how information is communicated in the Internet age.

We have communicated and shared in more ways than I can list, and we have learned along the way. Videos, podcasts, and high quality PowerPoints were fun; tedious classes about Internet safety and copyright were less so, but together, they have broadened my knowledge foundation and my ability to continue learning and teaching in the 21st century.

As for the blog, it is a tool for my continued learning. My goal is to allow this blog to challenge and showcase my learning and my life as an MLS student, library tech guy, and, hopefully soon, as a librarian / educator. Rather than consistent, and lengthy, weekly posts, I will attempt to post more frequently, with more readable posts. The actual outcome can be judged at a later date. My wife will almost certainly have other ideas - She's not too happy with some of the things I've done recently . . . . . . The Christmas lights are only the beginning . . . . . . .

(Picture borrowed from unsigned, viral e-mail - searched several sources to find original author with no success.)


Patrick Higgins said...

Congratulations on finishing your course, and congratulations on deciding to keep this blog going. For me, my blog is the center of my learning. It's the most meta-cognitive aspect of my entire educational career, including any grad school class or experience. Even though it goes through times of fallow (much like now), I am never far from thinking about my learning and expressing it on my blog. Best of luck!

Greg said...

Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement Patrick. As I suggest to teachers that students will perform at a higher level with an audience than they will in a private papershuffle with a teacher, I believe that blogging by teachers and librarians, both connects us with our peers and forces us to dig deeper. By opening this door, we are, in fact, learning and sharing with an audience. Thank you for being a part of mine. Greg