I will start by stating that I am blaming technology for this being my first blog post for this class. The fear and overwhelming nature of starting something new has crushed my confidence as an After Degree student. I have resorted to writing out these blog post by hand and then throwing them into a fire. I have used the smoke to make signals in hopes that they will be seen in the far reaches of the Yukon for everyone in this online course. Needless to say I have not got any feedback.
In all honesty I have not been posting because getting familiar with the technology takes time and I have not invested enough of it to feel comfortable. Click on the link (yes I can add a link…but there is probably an easier way to do it than the way I have chosen in this post) and see how far technology has come. I am used to the gigantic overhead projector than the ones that are suspended from the ceiling in todays classroom. As I wipe away these nostalgic tears and reminisce of the good old days where a printer had holes that fed the paper threw, I feel like these raw emotions be focussed towards a teachable moment.
My lack of blogging could be considered lazy, resistance to try new things, fear of messing up and being laughed at by my peers, overwhelmed with other courses, procrastination, not being able to use this format as an ideal way of learning, being intimidated to ask for help or maybe it is just all of the above… If I am feeling these things than it is safe to say other students (none of you guys, I am thinking hypothetical classroom here) may be feeling these emotions as well in certain areas, regardless of whether or not it is tech related.
To summarize, I will retract my blame of tech because it is not solely his(or her) fault. I will work on eliminating the excuses and invest the time needed to be a more effective user of technology. Most importantly when I am the frustrated teacher of a student who is weeks behind in assignments, I need to make sure I am considering all the necessary information that I overlooked in myself for getting this far behind.