Treading Uncharted Waters
Whew! Lots of deep breaths have been taken and coffee consumed.
I am stuck somewhere between having too much fun in this course and feeling like I am not doing enough work. I find myself checking and rechecking the #netnarr homepage and the (orange) Course Announcements link to make sure that I am doing everything that I am supposed to be doing in class. The activities are so exciting and they are a welcomed use of the other side of my brain especially after spending 6 hours trying to teach 7th and 8th graders how to analyze the how greed and poor working conditions led to Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that took the lives of 145 girls and women.
I'm getting off track, let me come back. I said all of that to say that this has been a nice way to break up the monotony in my life. So glad I signed up for this course.
Now, the only way my scattered or preoccupied depending upon which way you look at it brain will be able to make sure that this blog hits all of the points it is supposed to I am going to have to label my sections.
Okay, so Bots. Yea I think I need to look into this further. I am still not 100% certain or sure what this is or really means. Like I couldn't put it in my own words and explain it if you asked me to. And if could be just because I'm deliriously tired. Anyway, I started following @kairoshotbot and @badideabots a couple of hours ago. I think I need to follow the tweets some more to really feel like I'm in the know. I did tweet Hot Bots Interview earlier today, but I haven't received a tweet back yet. I'm thinking its because I asked a lame question. I'm too ashamed to even share my question.
Moving right along to our Daily Digital Digital Alchemies I think I am addicted. In fact, I know I might be addicted because my mind drifts off thinking about what I can do while I "aggressively monitoring" students (an educational buzz word for making sure kids are working) #dda36 was a nice chance. I enjoyed letting my creative juices flow and create the start of a story. I am now following @magicrealismbot. They have become my new favorite twitter handle. Maybe I know more than I think. Go figure.
I am super competitive. I hate losing. I must admit that I am little disappointed that I am no where near the top of the leaderboard. Annabella is kicking our butt. I feel like I am doing so many but I am still like number 10 Ugh! My goal is to do them all. But in reality it's not going to happen because there are some that I am just not technologically savvy enough to do. I just have to be okay with it.
If you ask me, my blog is so basic. Thank God for Moms. My Mom thinks its the greatest thing since sliced bread. She has been reading it everyday and bragging to her friends about it. That's not saying much because she is less tech savvy than me. She has troubles sending emails. Anyway, I can take solace in the fact that everything I have done with my blog I taught myself to do. Along with the help of some very good YouTube videos. When I see some of my classmates blogs they look absolutely amazing. You would think that they're blog wizards and I'm just a "muggle"-- with no magical blog powers.
I'm learning though and that's what counts-- I guess. I appreciate the fact that we're encouraged to read each other's work and comment. It really makes you feel connected to a community and it pushes me to write something worth reading. I already have some of my classmate's blogs that I am looking forward to reading next week. We have some really gifted writers in this class.
Five Card Flickr Stories was pretty cool. And it was such a creative way to tell a story. I hope by the end of the course I will truly learn how to say more with less. Clearly from the length of this blog I haven't learned that yet.
I chose to do two Flickr stories. One is titled, Trip To Grandma's and the other is Baby's Day Out.
It's week three.
I'm keeping my head above water.
I think I can breathe now-- oh no, I have to watch the Studio Visit.