I’ve spent many moments this week at Discovery Education Summer Institute (DENSI2014) waiting to learn something new. I’ve even gone as far as questioning my being here this week and taking a spot from someone who “needed” to learn new information. I’ve had a blast connecting with friends, hanging out, participating in events and meeting new people but I allowed myself to get to a place of wondering…”Why?”
Why me? Why am I here?
We are all here with varying levels of ability and the one thing that I love is that each of us has something amazing to share. I’m sitting here now learning new ideas for using the Aurasma App from DEN Star, Peter Panico. He’s augmented his family photo album with pictures taken of his daughter throughout the year. He sent each of his family members their own photo album and through the app, they are able to experience the moments that they missed through augmented video. What’s cool about watching Peter passionately share this is that last year, Peter had zero technology. As a matter of fact, he showed up to DENsi2013 with a spiral notebook and a pen. He not only found value for the technology but purpose and he’s teaching everyone about it! How cool is that?
A few moments ago, I finished a session on blogging with a group who had never blogged before. It was so cool sitting in that circle and not only sharing my journey into reflectiive blogging but also helping this fabulous group of teachers, fellow DEN Stars, get started. As a matter of fact, they all posted their very first blog postings today! They were all so excited to hit publish for the first time and I’ve never felt so at home as I did in that moment.
One of those teachers, Kathleen Kelly, wrote her first post about fear. It was her “post publish” reaction that led me to the moment where I am now…where I “get” it. She wrote this and I encourage you all to visit her blog and comment:
Fear of technology has held me back. I fight this fear every time I need to learn something new in technology. The Den has helped me chip away at this. I may be going slower, but I am and will get there. FIGHT THE FEAR. THIS IS MY FIRST BLOG.
Kathleen published and then found her way over to “appearance” after writing which enabled her to choose a theme. She chose the theme with birds because she liked them and the moment that she clicked to view her blog is the moment that this week came full circle for me. I can’t describe it in any other way but…Joy. It was the kind of joy that had a group of women sitting around a table in tears. I will never forget this moment.
I no longer question why I am here. I am here for this.