IT’S A WRAP:
Now…back to the old fashioned format:
Our Web Technologies class is over, but the exploration and education of the new tools is just beginning. Among the many things I have learned significant skills.
- How to create and compose entries on a blog
- The basics of producing a website
- Understanding correct attribution and usage of photos
- Storyboarding as a organizational tool
- Awareness and use of Vokis and other fun elements
I have also had exposure to many new issues. These issues are an integral part in utilizing the skills I have aquired, and help put them in context of “the big picture” adapting to emerging technologies and usage.
- Importance of web accessibility and removing obstacles for disabled population of vision impared, hearing impared, learning disabilities and other challenges in the population
- The vast resources of web tutorials to support learning
- Need to practice good writing, pertaining to web format and audience
- Making it fun is an inspiration
And finally, I have learned by doing in a variety of ways. Lessons of general education, personal growth and as being part of a classroom community.
- When lessons or situations feel overwhelming or confusing, take a deep breath, a break or ask for help.
- Positive teambuilding occurs when the class shares, contributes, and laughs together
- The difference a patient, organized, knowlegable and caring teacher makes
LOOKING AHEAD: WHAT IS NEXT?
In the New York Times article “32 Innovations that will change your tomorrow” (NYT June 1, 2012) it is hard to comprehend the endless uses of technology as the foundation for changes that will enhance our lifestyle.
And consider the future possibilities just in the area of the internet itself:
THE FINAL WORD
Be grateful. It’s a humbling experience to learn these skills in the company of folks much younger than yourself and learn from them. To gain a glimpse of what is new, possible, and rests on a foundation of human ingenuity, intellect and pride. And to wonder what is ahead and be sure based on gained confidence that I can learn it and participate in it.