Wow, real world projects and why I love teaching!

Those of you who teach workshops will understand this. I love teaching, I love seeing all the projects that get started in classes and all the ideas that get shared, but I miss not seeing what comes of the learning and the ideas. I try to keep track of what is started in class, but often those projects are ‘sandboxes’ and the real outcomes are elsewhere. I really appreciate it when someone contacts me and says “look at we’re doing!” So if you’re out there and have something you’re proud of, please let me know, so I can be proud of you too!

Here are a few projects that I have been following:

  • Conan the Librarian’s Weblog – Carol Ansel started this blog for her library at the Pine Point School in Stonington CT. She got most of it running during our workshop and even went right home and did more work on it! When a school administrator saw it, he was inspired to try blogging too. After a recent podcasting workshop, Carol followed right up and has added some great booktalks. Another thing I love about this blog, she chronicles the challenges she has trying things out. We all know it’s not always smooth sailing adding new features, but she gets there in the end and tells us what did and didn’t work in the process!
  • 1Person – Vicky Chase is “One person trying to make a difference in the world. One person hoping to volunteer with the Peace Corps.” Ok, this one didn’t really start in one of my classes, but Vicky did work on it during a workshop. And I’ll never forget the goosebumps of excitement I got when I looked over her shoulder and realized what she was blogging about. She leaves for Ghana soon and will be teaching technology. When I see how she has used the Internet to connect with others in the Peace Corps and to keep her family and friends in the loop, well, I get those goosebumps all over again. I’ll never be able to be a Peace Corps volunteer, but I’m looking forward to following Vicky’s amazing adventure.
  • Al’s List of Books to Read When You Don’t Want To Reas – Suggestions for Picky Reader Kids – Al is 9 years old. Al is a self professed picky reader. Al’s mom saw an opportunity! She’d been blogging herself and suggested he share his pickiest picks with other kids through his own blog. Al is exercising his reading, thinking and writing skills. But shhh… don’t tell Al that! He just thinks it’s pretty cool to have his own voice being read by others. Al’s mom is one of an amazing group of school librarians that I’ve had the privilege to work with over the last few years. I’m grateful for all they’ve taught me about educating our children.

2 thoughts on “Wow, real world projects and why I love teaching!”

  1. Polly,

    Thanks for blogging my blog! I will miss your classes very much. As you know I was the tech teacher at Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington and often battled with/played with new tech on my own. I always signed up for your classes because I knew I was going to get an organized presentation of new tech that I could apply the next day at my library. In classes I felt we were kindred spirits.You loved tech as much as I did. You loved the practical applications of all this tech. And you clearly loved sharing your knowledge with others. When co-workers wanted to go to CLC tech training I told them take Polly’s classes. Many things I learned in your classes will go to Ghana with me and your blog is one of a few library tech blog I am following to keep in the loop.So in a way you will go to Ghana and make a global impact with your teaching.

  2. Vicky, thanks so much for your comments. I’ve always enjoyed having you in class and will miss you too. But am so looking forward to following what you’re going to be doing in Ghana. Thank you for taking me there virtually. Never thought of it from the point of view that something I’ve shared will be going to Ghana with you. Love it! 🙂

    And my apologies that your comment didn’t show up on the blog right away. Isn’t this weird, it ended up in my spam catcher? Can’t imagine why though.

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