Today, after school, I went down to Mr. Francis' room to try out the birthday present that's been begging to be used since last week. It was to be a trial podcast recording where I interviewed Mr. Francis about his new world of technology.
What a beautiful surprise to walk through the door and catch him sitting aside Ms. Holliman leading her through the sign-up process for her own blog.
I sat down and watched and started recording (unfortunately the mic. was on mute, so the entire 19 minutes of brilliance were lost).
Then, she clicked "Publish Blog" and I wish I had my camera with me. Truly, it was an amazing face.
I've wanted this since last year's NGT training and Alan November's BLC06. The obvious possibilities for a school of our size and technological inventory to really empower our students with Web 2.0 are limitless. We just needed one person to get it started.
For the longest time, I thought it was Principal Cantees. I should have known better. Didn't Doug Reeves teach me anything? It's the job of a Jill (I think that's me. It could be Jack) to start the change in a school.
One thing that came up in our never-to-be-heard podcast was the initial fear of the technology when Ms. Dunda and I integrated a blog into some Back-to-School training we did at the start of the year. Ms. Holliman admitted it was technology and "that meant it was going to be difficult to use." This is from the same woman who told me today that she planned on posting once a day but probably more.
We then talked about the parallels for these educators in learning these new tools as our "striving learners" encounter new vocabulary or ways of thinking, they experience the same trepidation many educators feel when beginning to work with technology. Oddly, many educators turn away from the challenge with the excuse of "too much to do," but accept no excuses from their students.