I participated in one of our school districts workshops called Introduction to Webquests. Webquests seem to be yet another phenomenal way to get young elementary students focused on a meaningful task while using the web to enhance the learning in a way that textbook reading and the traditional classroom instruction could never do.
At this point, I have read enough from Alan November, Will Richardson, and David Warlick to know that the World is Flat and that there is a revolution happening through the evolution of the Internet. We have turned in a corner in history and these gentlemen seem to have a firm grasp and a good view of the possibilities and the implications these changes can make in education.
So, here I am. A teacher, a father, a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, and a life long learner. I can see that the boat is heading out and I really want to get on board but I am so overwhelmed that I am really not sure where the on ramp is.
What I have done:
1. Started a blog (But really I feel like I am writing to myself at this point)
2. Subscribed to a few blogs
3. Purchased a MacBook to figure out how to Podcast
4. Purchased an iPod to figure out how to use with my students
5. Reading constantly about technology
6. Attended a variety of workshops on Technology
7. Member of a Technology Support Group at my school
8. Created a wiki that really has not taken off yet
I know there is so much more, but I am trying to make progress with this learning curve. The challenge for me is that I feel as though time is running out for some reason, or that I am in some kind of race. Is it a race?
So with the wonders of the Web 2.0 I take yet another workshop on Webquests only to discover more great ideas and I am left with the challenge of finding time. Time between my family and work, the constant battle I am sure we all face.