I'm still excited to be here. Talking about writing (digital or not) is exciting to me. I love creating and sharing and sharing my love for this topic. I love learning more about the digital tools that are available. If I only had an extra two hours every day that I could devote to the exploration of the tools. But I think every person wants a few more hours a day to do what they love. I just found more possible tools for students to share their writing but I'm hesitant to suggest them until I can actually see the tools. It's more of a concern when I think of parents than when I think of students. I also am getting old and more concerned (conservative?). Othyer than this gosh darn computer not keepign up with my fingers and thoughts, I'm enjoying my time.
My current thoughts are hopefully I will get some ideas for different writing ideas to use in my 2nd-4th grade technology classes. I sometimes fear that I am not as good with technology as the students I am teaching. I am very excited to be taking this becuase as a second year teacher I will probably be doing something else next year and with the common core standards I will hopefully have some great tools to use in my teaching. Because technology is around us everywhere I feel as teachers we need to be doing the same things we love but making it with the newest technologies around us.
Hmmmm. Thoughts and fears about this class? I feel a little behind the times as far as blogging, facebook, wikiis and all other aspects of digital writing. So my expectations are simply to explore in new territory and use some of what I learn before the school year is over. I would like to have a better understanding of the possibiliteis of what is available to me and how all the pieces fit together.
I am also a little fearful about putting my thoughts out there (these are new uncharted waters for me).
Overwhelming!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, indeed!!! Digital Writing is a daily desire of the 4th graders and me. In the brief time I've spent on Thinkfinity (maybe an hour), I'm absolutely in awe of the countless, stimulating digital writing possibilities only linking to a few sites. I think it's been over a year since Fran engaged me in one of her enlightening computer courses and yet still another to absorb and incorporate tidbits into the students' school day. These sites and their networking communities are mind-boggling. Time? Who has enough time to tie it altogether? Giving up your night's rest is becoming necessary and if you neglect to participate... look at what one misses! Never enough time to prep for the next, innovative lesson(s), but I'm on a mission to start rolling in the digital direction!!!