Sunday, February 14, 2010

Work and Play

"You work too much," a friend said to me recently. "That's why you're sick; slow down and stop pushing yourself." Harrumph. I'm desperately tired of hearing people say this.  Let's stop for one second and ask a pretty simple question: "What is work?"  Is it the stuff we do from 9-5?  Is it what we run from on the weekends?  When does work become 'not-work' ?  What if work were...say...the creative process?  Marking is work.  Correcting and reporting is work.  Planning lessons, searching for sources, trying out new web apps for the class,...that's just fun.  That's the creative process.  Mostly, it's learning.  I can never get enough of it and I think that when students are really 'engaged', they are the same because after all, the desire to learn and grow is a human response to an ever changing and challenging environment. 

Today's offerings are both the result of many hours of 'fun'.  I'll never admit to how many.  The first is the presentation for the LCEEQ conference I prepared using Prezi.  They have improved their platform and I've discovered that many 'bugs' in their software disappeared when I went from IE 7 to IE8.  They have also launched a new education licence with much more storage.  (Tip:  your email address must match your school's web address.)

The next is this poorly edited documentary I made using Adobe Premiere Elements 7.  I'm afraid I'm still an amateur here.  These are my students' testimonials about their experience in a wiki classroom. They're simply wonderful and I'm grateful that they chose to share their voices.

And the last offering is the public wiki I made as a platform for the conference.  You can find it at:  My goal was to offer something concrete to the participants and hopefully, develop a community of educators who can pool resources.

1 comment:

  1. Great job with your prezi presentation, it is obvious that your audience were given a lot to think about and I would have liked to have been there!
    I think that wiki's, more than any other tool, are ideal for teacher-entry into web2.0 and that part of the appeal is the interest of the students as empowered learners.
    Well done!