Archive for February, 2011

Reflection 1-OMG! I have a wiki!

I am becoming a tech guru!  I am becoming very confident with educational technology.  As far as the big picture goes, so many walls have been taken down for me.  I have been exposed to and have experienced different technology tools that I had never heard of.

I have learned how to create a wiki page.  This is exciting for me because years ago (not that long), I remember making web pages through a site that I can’t even find today.  I can’t recall the name of it, which shows how often I used it, but that was in the early 2000’s.  Now I have a weebly and wiki page, and I am creating blogs on my own.  I do not know how to use all of the pieces yet and I know there is a lot more to learn, but I will continue to experiment and find solutions to my technology problems.

Although I am not currently in a classroom, I have already used some of what I have learned at the day care where I work.  I have supported my Assistant Director with applying Google docs and Google forms to make communication easier at the site.  I have created and used a survey for my peers that I used in a critique article for one of my classes.  When I plan for essays and papers, I am using Webspiration, and my future teachers will too!  It is a great tool for planning and for graphic organizers.

I am excited for what will come next.  At times it may be overwhelming, but I will continue to catch on.  I know that technology continues to change, so I promised myself not to get too frustrated if I do not know how to perfect each digital tool.  I will take in what I can and continue to experiment and learn to improve my technology skills.

We Learn From Our Mistakes-Kudos to Vicki Davis

So in the past few months I have really experienced some trying situations.  I have relocated for the third time in 10 years (not counting the move from MD to VA), took on a new kid (age 16, going on 25), and officially began the Doctoral program at ISU.  Was any of this in the plans?  Well, kind of, but not really.

My hopes for moving back to Illinois was to go back to ISU and work on having children with my partner while living with Mom.  But, that didn’t work out. I am living in an apartment I cannot afford, working a minimum wage job, taking care of a kid, and going to school.

I’m tired today.  I don’t want to read.  I am trying to press on and just find some motivation to read.  I am overwhelmed.

On a positive note-I have a job.  I have a wonderful family.  I have a nice place to live.  And-I have student loans and welfare!!!! 😉   I am loving the study times I have with my kid and my partner.  We all go to school.  We all study.  The TV is hardly on.  In fact, my sister and her friend spent the night last weekend so we can play Wii, and I told them tro bring their back packs.  They ended up studying too!

I say all of this to say-I have made many mistakes on my road to success.  I have said things I shouldn’t have to friends or family, spent too much money, drank too much, gained lots of weight, and gave up on things I probably shouldn’t have.

But I reflect on what was done, and I know that I will be wiser, more patient, and a lot more frugal.

I will continue on with my chapter of my life, and I must go and read!  Really, I have to read.  Ugggg… I don’t want to read!  😉