Getting ready for my part of the eMentor Showcase at Converge on 24th and 25th November. The organisations assigned to me have been rattling along very well. Have visited Japara once, Rowville and OELP twice and Mulgrave once. Sadly, Mulgrave have had to withdraw from the project because of pressing commitments. Sue at OELP has been a revelation. Her technology skills are excellent and once we established that it was a wiki she wanted to set up, I only had to do a quick demo and she was off and away. She has mastered creating text and headings, hylperlinks, creating new pages, inserting anchors, uploading images and files and is looking at embedding mulitmedia for her low level literacy students.
Ros at Japara also has her wiki up and going. She also only needed one visit from me to work out what she was doing, her goals for the project and how to lay out the pages of the wiki and she completed the rest herself. She has mastered all the techniques mentioned above as well.
Everyone has now set up a blog and have made entries. This was new to all of them so they have had to learn about blogging along the way as well as about wikis, Blackboard Collaborate online classroom and Doodle, an online scheduler. Some participants are interested in exploring Jing so that will probably be our next demo in the online classroom.
Rowville had a seond visit yesterday to look at wiki layout and to see a demonstration of the online classroom as they have been unable to participate in the regional online sessions until now. Lisa and Kerry are going to be just fine and they have the backup of a Coonara wiki expert (trained by Yours Truly 😉 ) who can help out with some quick advice if I am unavailable.
Our fortnightly online sessions are progressing well and our last one for the year is coming up. My two eChamps are doing very well with their organisations and Claire, my newset recruit has been able to visit all of her eleaders now and start them off on their e-adventure. All-in-all a very satisfyling few weeks.
A quick blog. I discovered a great quote that hopefully will drive me forward to keep this blog going. Seth Godin’s blog on blogging has some good advice for me about writer’s block “Writer’s block isn’t hard to cure. Just write poorly. Continue to write poorly, in public, until you can write better.
I believe that everyone should write in public…. you need more writing.
Do it every day. Every single day. Not a diary, not fiction, but analysis. Clear, crisp, honest writing about what you see in the world. Or want to see. Or teach (in writing). Tell us how to do something.
If you know you have to write something every single day, even a paragraph, you will improve your writing. If you’re concerned with quality, of course, then not writing is not a problem, because zero is perfect and without defects. Shipping nothing is safe.
The second best thing to zero is something better than bad. So if you know you have write tomorrow, your brain will start working on something better than bad. And then you’ll inevitably redefine bad and tomorrow will be better than that. And on and on.
Write like you talk. Often. tweet. Write poorly. Every day. In public. ”
I really like that – write poorly but often and your poor writing will improve. Of course it will – that’s a no-brainer for me. So from now on I am going to try to write something every day – both in here and on Twitter. Before I go to work is a good time – nice and fresh in the morning before my brain gets clogged up with the minutiae of the workplace. No more whingeing about how I don’t know what to write about, no more putting it off – just write something – and I will! In fact, I will tweet about this right now!
- The road ahead
I joined this WordPress Blog some time ago meaning to get back into blogging in a big way and look how long it has taken me to get started! However, I have joined the EpCoP MOOC and we are required to blog as part of the learning process so this has galvanised me into getting this blog back up and running.
It seems fairly user-friendly and I am starting to get the hang of what it will look like. No doubt I will spend many useless hours trying out all the themes but its what I like doing. Just have to make sure I remember to blog as well!
I have made a little resolution to myself that I will blog at least once a week as a minimum. This is the same strategy that works for me with exercising. I set myself to walk at least 3 times a week. I can usually manage that and if I do more that is a bonus. If I set myself a target of walking every day, then of course there will be days when I cant and that just makes me feel like I have failed and tend to give up. I am hoping that this tactic of setting smaller bite-sized chunks of goals – or objectives, works with the blogging!
It will be easier having a road to follow in my blog – eg I have to blog primarily about the EpCoP MOOC journey so that will keep me focused.