I’ve been busy digitizing family photos. It’s been a quick process with the older photos. Place the photos on a table outside where there is good light with minimal glare and take pictures of the photos using my digital camera.
But this technique won’t work for the newer glossy photos due to glare issues.
Below is a small sample of my section on clocks and calendars so you can see the type of information shared for each widget.
Clocks and Calendars
Clocks are great for displaying the time in your location which helps when you are trying to develop connections with classes in other countries. They also help younger students learn about time and time zones
Clock Link – 100’s of different and unique clocks of all types.
I really struggled writing this post. I’m not sure why? Perhaps because normally during the writing process I’ll do a lot of research?
This post I just wanted to provide a couple of tips that have helped me over the year when implementing change.
Each helped in different ways including:
Handle my emotions better when a student expresses their frustrations at changes after spending hours planning sessions.
Accept that when delivering professional development that constraints that I have no control will impact — and change takes time.
And if the tips don’t help — I’ve gone with Plan B!
A couple of funny videos (maybe I should have gone with cat videos?).
Response To Change
We each respond differently to change!
While we can’t control how others will respond to being asked to change we can control how we react to their responses.
Whenever we ask someone to do something differently we are asking them to change, to let go of the familiar, to trust you in where you are taking them and what you are doing. The people you are asking to change are used to doing it one way, now you are saying lets try it another way!
Not everyone wants to change! Familiar is known, comfortable and secure.
Change is uncharted water; many people’s natural and rational response is resistance. Emotionally change can simultaneously bring joy and sorrow, gain and loss, satisfaction and disappointment.
There will always be a small number of people whose automatic response to any form of change will be to complain.
Understanding the impact change can have on others helped me:
Accept that there will always be some that will complain or get upset.
Taught me not to take it personally.
Helped me handle my emotions better.
Manage resistance better.
Appreciate the need to discuss their feelings.
Time Taken To Effect Change
Implementing change takes time; change is not something that happens overnight.
For example, implementing a small change within an organisation can take 3-5 years compared to a large change that can take 5 – 10 year.
Often when we implement change we don’t allow adequate time for the change to occur. Our focus should be on long term strategies.
This post is part of the ongoing #EdublogsClub series. This week’s writing prompt was to write a post that discusses leadership, peer coaching, and/or effecting change.
My other tips? Research information on change management. It helped me even if I couldn’t express my ideas well.
Feel free to leave your own tips (or links to funnier videos).
People I meet in person often find what I do unusual because I’m a remote worker who works very flexible hours. And those who know me online often assume I’m based in their time zone, USA time zone, or I’m a bot!
So I thought sharing a glimpse of my work life would provide an insight into what life is like as a remote worker.
And off course Twitter! I have TweetDeck set up on my computer set up logged in @suewaters and @edublogs so I can quickly provide assistance by Twitter as needed.
Any time Any Where
I don’t work standard hours. My work hours are flexible to fit in with when I need to work with other team members and to support our users. And my phone is my portable work office for when I need to deal with something quickly if I’m away from my computer.
After all the articles written on why we shouldn’t take our mobile devices to bed, you would have thought that I would have learned by now?
The After Midnight Google Hangout
Even after accidentally answering Google Hangout after midnight when I turned over the device.
Nothing like a live webinar from bed at 1 AM answering questions when you can barely think (and not dressed for the occasion).
FYI William Chamberlain in the above photo isn’t the person who rang me! He was one of the participants and probably wondered why I was making no sense.
Waking Up To Snakes
Or waking up to snake photos from my South African work colleague who was excited to share his latest photos; knowing I’m scared of snakes and I would be seeing the images as I wake up once he was asleep.
It took a year to understand why I should blog after being shown a blog (2006) to starting my own blog (2007). Prior to starting my own blog, I shared my learning via podcasts and wikis; it wasn’t until I reached the point where I wanted to reflect on my learning that I started blogging.
For me it was a combination of not understanding, 1) what is a blog, and 2) the importance of reflection, sharing, connected learning and learning as part of a community.
I’m passionate about blogging because it:
Helped me become a better writer — I passionately believe that if blogging can help someone like me who continues to struggle with language it can help others that are like myself.
Gave me a voice and mechanism to share my thoughts and help others.
Changed my life — blogging resulted in changing my career from an aquaculture lecturer to employment as the Support Manager for Edublogs and CampusPress. Many of my fellow edubloggers have had similar life changes as a result of their blogging.
What’s even more incredible with my blogging journey is I’ve battled writing and processing language my entire life. While my English teacher and I would agree that my expression continues to be rather odd at times — blogging helped me become a better writer.
It’s not perfect — and continues to be a work in progress — but I can’t imagine any of my English teachers or I would ever thought that one day I would be paid to write.
Blogging Turning Point
Looking back on my blogging journey one of the key events that made me a better blogger was participating in Darren Rowse’s 31 Days Project in 2007.
We formed our own community and worked through Darren Rowse’s 31 Days Project as a group. It was an intense month — where we read each others posts and learnt together — and collectively improved our blogging skills. Commenting and reading each others posts was as important as writing our own posts.
My advice to those participating in the weekly #EdublogsClub is make it a goal to read and comment on as many of the posts as possible. You learn as much, if not more, by reading/commenting as writing your posts and it helps generate ideas for things to blog about.
Remember blogging isn’t about writing. It’s about connecting, reflecting and sharing. Mix it up with video, audio and embed cool tools into your posts.
And don’t forget — what is Obvious to you is amazing to others. Don’t assume others know what you know. There is always someone who will be grateful of what you shared — even if they don’t necessarily tell you.