This course teaches how to create wiki websites, blogs, podcasts, and other forms of digital media for use in the English profession, especially in the English classroom. The course lasts one week long for eight hours per day! Thankfully, there is a one-hour lunch break and mini breaks in between. I believe the material in the course is very useful and has challenged me to reconsider the structure of my own classroom instruction continually to promote technology for my students who already thrive in a digital world.
Day One was very interesting! I had just come off an 8 1/2-hour drive to get back to IUP for my second year of coursework…to be in class for another eight hours! You are thinking why: I had a poetry reading and workshop the weekend before the start of this May Pre-session course, so I couldn’t arrive before the first day of class. After our professor arrive an hour after the beginning of the class (all is forgiven) we began creating our own wiki websites through html Markdown. It apparently was not a good day for me to learn coding language for websites because I fell miserably behind, not to mention my computer in our classroom kept freezing. I chalked it all up as a Monday, and I returned Tuesday refreshed after retraining myself on the concepts and our readings the night before. Now creating this blog, I have renewed confidence in the process.
I have created websites and blogs in the past, and I’m anxious to learn new tools to use not only in the classroom but also in my professional and poetry career.