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Today I worked hard learning how to stream. I reviewed the content material, asked questions, experimented, hit snags, reset preferences, still had trouble, talked to others, wanted to scream, posted to the forum, took an outdoor break, came back and still don't know if I can make it work. Whew! As I filled my basket with blueberries, yanked weeds from the garden and enjoyed being outdoors, I had a chance to think about today. Why didn't I quit and just back out of this new experience. I could - no one is making me do this. And yet, here I am - logged on again. Checking the forum, watching the chat and actually giving someone esle some help. I feel good. Learning is messy and at times it is not pretty but when something works, when you can connect with someone else, the feeling is wonderful. And that is why I'm back. 

The challenges here are not impossible. Otherwise, there would be no worldbridges webcasting at all. All the shows on the edtechtalk channel wouldn't exist. No one said that there wouldn't be problems to solve and even if we solve them today, new ones will arise and the old ones may reappear. It is this community that makes it possible for me to return. It is Doug listening to me describe what I did. It is Lisa Durff giving her time to host an open house. It is Lee and those wonderful screencasts for Mac users. It is Cheryl Oakes replying to the forum post. It is Lisa P and Cheryl L letting me share my knowledge. It is Jeff who had the vison of what could be. And importantly, it is every one of us,  all of us, working together, trusting that together we will figure this out - and we will do great things! What an exciting place to be - this WCA 2.2 . I can only hope to create such a supportive learning community in the F2F world of my kindergarten classroom.

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Go Maria!

Maria, You are so right about learning being messy but also satisfying! There's so much pleasure getting it to work though! AND you have certainly seen how there is no one point where everything works and it becomes a guarantee - just when I was really cooking, Skype upgraded and changed everything then there was a period where nothing I did worked, week after week... it's always changing but what stays the same is how people help each other! That's always the best lesson to learn!  

 

Susan Ettenheim

Thanks Maria

I think you really hit the nail on the head!

I thought it would be easy, and I too was humbled, yet sporned on by others like you. It's do-able. It's  hard. But when you figure it out, it's magic. and it's the people here helping you to keep trying.

Illya Arnet-Clark

For Help

Cheryl is right. Actually you describe what each of us has felt when we were learning Webcasting. It is just that time for you now. Good news is, we have been through it so you have lots of helpers. I have added you to my skype contacts so please call on me anytime with Mac questions. I missed one call from you but do not hesitate to try reaching me as many times as you need to answer a question. Lee

reply to Maria, how hard this learning is!

Maria,

What a wonderful post. You have described what happens each day in our classrooms. I remember taking this class and feeling very humbled. Lisa P. described it best. I  am good at technology, but I am frustrated enough to quit! This is exactly how some of our students, maybe all of them, feel at one time or another in our classrooms, or some classroom. We are on the other side of the learning and it is messy, hard, frustrating, but we know we all have the ability to make this happen so we don't give up. Remember, we have another  speed bump, we are doing this through technology, we are following directions each using different equipment! Each with different settings. At least in most of our classes we all have the same materials.  By the way, my blueberries are going in pancakes this morning. Today is a new day of learning, learning is messy, hardwork and rewarding especially when we get it!

Cheryl Oakes

Webhead 2006, Collaborative Content Coach for Technology K-12, Wells Ogunquit CSD 



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