Today was a great day. Why, you ask? (Or at least maybe wonder…) The reason is simply that things really seem to be falling into place for me.
In preparation for this week’s class, Alec asked us to create an introductory video. At first, I was trying to find ways to avoid being in front of the camera. I ended up making a Voicethread. I was not overly pleased with the results. It was okay, but just okay. I was even willing to step in front of the camera, but I realized that I had absolutely NO IDEA about where to start in making a video.
This got me thinking about my situation at school. I am often viewed as the “go to” person for technology questions and seen as “pushing the envelope” technologically. This was on my mind last night while listening to Dr. Schwier speak about the history and evolution of technologies. Both in listening to Rick and Alec talk and in following the backchannel chat, I noticed that many of the tools and technologies that are deemed “old” or “out of date” in the real world are “new” and “novel” on my staff. This is perhaps why I am regarded so highly. However, I know enough to know how much I DON’T know! The fact that I don’t know anything about making and editing video was really eating at me.
So, today I decided to do something about it. I went to my principal with the ideas I had about QR codes and book reviews. She was super excited by the prospects and even offered to purchase a new 4th generation iPod touch for our school to help me get started and to create a few samples. She suggested I consider applying for the Best Buy grant to purchase MacBooks and iPods to facilitate getting this project to a sustainable state. She then suggested I talk to one of our ET guys about learning how to edit video. So, after school I walked into the staff room and who was there but the very ET person I wanted to speak to! I talked to him for about 30 minutes and he offered to come TWICE to work with me! One day to teach me how to capture video and one day to teach me to edit it. He then suggested I contact a different ET person to ask if there would be funds available to cover my class for the ½ day of video editing so I could learn uninterrupted. So, I emailed her, and within another 30 minutes, I had approval! It feels absolutely wonderful to have that kind of support!
My mind is absolutely reeling with ideas and I’m really looking forward to what is to come! I would really appreciate any suggestions you have about hardware, software, video content, etc. I’m open and willing to learn!