This week I had the pleasure of working with my group to create training about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We started out a little slow since it was our first project but we quickly found our places and tried to work to our own strengths. I really wanted each person to do something creative–being able to incorporate different technologies into lessons/trainings makes the whole process more fun.
This week I did a podcast, which I had never done before. My husband has an mp3 recorder which he used for this story and I was anxious to do something similar. Interviewing on tape is probably not my greatest skill, as I tend to repeat myself a lot. But I had so much doing it and editing it. My husband even wrote the music! I like the idea of skill sharing, even when you’re getting him from someone who isn’t an instructor. Having a wide network of creative friends is very inspirational to me in my life and I’m glad I can bring it to my classroom life too.
The most unfortunate part of this project is that power at my house has been intermittent all week and I haven’t had internet in seven days. I’ve been working on this project at Martin’s, Starbucks, my sister-in-laws house, and on little breaks at work. It has been very stressful to get any work done without internet at home.
I’m not using this as a place to whine about my situation (but seriously Verizon: get your act together), but as a forum to discuss how difficult it is to take an online class (or even work on a project with classmates) without constant internet at home. I have helped students drop online classes because their internet wasn’t steady and I thought, “can’t they just go to the library?” and it’s not always that simple. What if they have young children or are in any situation that is more complicated than mine? I think success would be even more out of reach.
So in this last week I have become both an advocate for buried power lines (ha!) and free wi-fi for all. Wi-fi everywhere would help make online education spread to the most remote area and also to people who would not otherwise be able to leave the house to take a class (single parents, the disabled, etc).