I gave my Web 2.0 presentation today at the extended faculty meeting–I took nearly an hour and I still wasn’t finished. Sheesh. Good thing I cut it back, eh?
I’m not sure if I was very helpful to people, but I hope so. I began by asking the assembled faculty if any of them knew what “web 2.0” was; not a single hand went up. That was actually nearly reassuring; it meant that I wouldn’t be talking down to them. I hate it when that happens, from either side of the communication.
A few more joined the faculty ning I set up over Christmas break–that’s a good sign. Quite a few who had joined right away and then forgot also showed up today—adding some information, discussing other things. A good start. And, a group of us had a meeting today about doing interdisciplinary lessons and performance preparation for the concert that’s on Cinco de Mayo–we came up with some neat ideas–and we immediately said we need to add a group for that purpose on the faculty ning. Yay!
Drop by drop.
Also had a discussion about YouTube (and subsequently Nibipedia and Wordia) being blocked. It sounds as if most of the faculty (if not administration) supports unblocking it and finding other means of monitoring students than wholesale locked gates.
We’ll see where that goes, as well. Drop by drop!
In other news, grades are due this week (I have hundreds of papers I’ve been putting off) and Round One of Mock Trial competition (I have two teams, and both play the same day) on Wednesday. Preparing for a sub for the whole day plus the stress of the trials (I lose years of my life each time) added to the grading, AND a new semester starting tomorrow, and I’ve about had it.
Might explain the migraine I’ve been nursing all day, one that promises to gather strength if I keep heaping stress on like Mrs. Tam O’Shanter nursing her wrath to keep it warm…(one of my all-time favorite lines of poetry, there–thanks Robbie Burns!)
Oh…the insulting part of the day? The insurance meeting. We have a pay freeze on, statewide (Governor Pawlenty), but our already outrageous health insurance is going up at least 20%. I have no idea where I’ll find that kind of money–we already aren’t making it, and my husband doesn’t even *have* insurance.
I’m trying not to think about it right now. Not this week. I can’t physically afford the worry. Once grades are in, once Mock Trial is over, then I’ll spend the time to deal with having two degrees, several years experience, working a gazillion hours a week, but not being able to support myself doing so.