Since beginning this class, my daily online routine has changed considerably. Mostly in length. I used to check both of my personal email accounts, check Facebook
and then check my University
account. Then I would maybe check my online banking, but that was about it. Now, I check both of my personal email accounts mostly looking for blog comment notifications
, check my Google Reader
and post feedback as necessary, check Facebook, check twitter casually note any mentions or retweets
, check Google Analytics someone from Brisbane stopped by for like 3 seconds - no big deal
, and then tweet/like/share my blog post from the night before. I go through this cycle, minus the blog share and Analytics, several times a day. I find all kinds of inspiration through my connections that I come back to throughout my day.
Tonight I was patrolling my twitter feed and came across a tweet by @davecormier
, Manager of Web Communications and Innovations at the University of Prince Edward Island and Principal of Edactive Technologies. Dean
had invited Dave to drop by one of our live sessions a few weeks back, with the hopes of connecting our class with Dave's because he teaches a similarly themed course in PEI. That is how I came to know of Dave and his tweets. Tonight he posted a link to his son's blog who was wanting to know how people use their computers. So I moseyed on over and discovered that Dave's blogging son is six. And that he creates podcasts about dinosaurs because that is something he is really into. I gave his show a listen and was totally blown away. Just give episode three of Charlottetownosaurus a watch and you'll see why:
Oscar's enthusiasm about Mesozoic
times makes my heart smile. He is using words I don't even know and is spouting off facts like they are common knowledge. To me, this is proof that when we teach to student interests and strengths, powerful and meaningful learning experiences will ensue. And how about providing him the opportunity to share his expertise in an exciting way? Who wouldn't want to host their very own show to be broadcasted on their very own blog? Children never cease to inspire me with their capabilities! This makes me so excited to begin my internship, so I can find out what interests my little learners and plan meaningful ways to engage them in digging deeper to find out more.
So thank you, Dave, for being such an awesome dad and encouraging your son to pursue his interests. And a big thank you to Oscar for teaching me a thing or twelve about dinosaurs!You can check out more of Oscar's work here.