23 things

If you weren’t already aware, I work at a school as a librarian. The library is closed for the summer, so now I’m doing far less school-y stuff, so I like that the Academic Technology department has introduced the 23 Things project, because now I can do library/ed tech stuff even during the summer. Basically, each week, for nine weeks, you try at least one of the four things posted (each week has a theme) and then blog about what it was like. All of the “things” are related to trying out ed tech apps, websites, and tools. I’m one week behind the official schedule as far as blogging about my things, but I did do some of them last week.

One cool thing about this project is that it was started by a librarian, so I feel extra awesome and in the know, plus it means non-librarians have a chance to see how cool we all are. Also, I’ve already done a lot of the stuff on the list, which means I should be able to check off nearly all 23 by the end of the summer, not just nine as the challenge requires. Continue reading

it’s hard to shake the summer reading idea

….even if you no longer get “summer vacation.” So here I go, making summer reading plans. Even though, you know, I still have to wake up every day and clock in and out and all that stuff. I can’t get used to the idea that I actually won’t have any more free time than I have now, so I’m looking for guitar lessons and drawing classes and all sorts of things I don’t have the time or money to do. But I can afford to read, since I already own books and have a library card, and I have been getting better at carving out more time in my day for reading. Television is getting really boring. So. I’ve been considering my reading, thinking about the interactions I have with colleagues, trying to get in the heads of my characters in the novel I’m writing, and keeping track of conversations I have with students so that I can come up with a good list of books/authors/genres I need to read in the next few months. Continue reading

how is a blog like a seminar, or, how is a raven like a writing desk?

Recently I wrote about how I discovered heutagogy and a love for learning, but there’s another piece to that that I didn’t really mention. One of the things that has made me love learning is the chance to be in classes and seminars with people who are also interested in the same thing. Because no matter how good a professor is, and no matter how interesting a topic is, a course will suck balls if nobody else in the class is interested in participating.

The first place I really had that was my Friday discussions in college; this was a random group connected by a common English adjunct who plucked us from his honors classes because we were worthy, essentially, but we became close friends who bonded over the esoteric readings we were “assigned” and, later, over the things we would assign ourselves after that teacher left campus and the dinners we’d make together, as well as the new artisan beers and wines we’d sample together. That group worked because we were all smart, creative people, all with different interests but a shared love for collectively working things out and posing and prompting questions, as well as an ability to talk in “low” language about “high” things, and vice versa. Continue reading