Friday, February 23, 2007

The Final 48 Hours

It's hard to believe that EVO 2007 is coming to an end. Doing the Week 4 threads for BaW completely derailed me. I essentially dropped out of Blogging for Beginners after Week 3 and just lurked in BaW. As a result, I didn't get to explore the voice tools of Week 4. I attended Isabel Perez' talk on creating activities and exercises during week 5, but I was working on the threads during her presentation, so I couldn't really focus on it. I barely dipped into the readings and gave up trying to post on the Forum. As I write this, my gmail inbox is crammed full of unread YG digests--hundreds of messages. I knew I was beaten when I couldn't decide if I should keep trying to catch up from behind or just try to work backwards! What I ended up doing was nothing: just watching the digests accumulate, occasionally glancing through the most recent one.

So, I am disappointed not to have done more; but I've still enjoyed it and must admit I've achieved some of the goals I had set for myself. I've learned quite a lot about wikis and have been using two in my UMEI005 class; I've gotten lots of ideas and new tools to explore; and I've kept up with old friends and made new ones. Maybe I set the bar too high. I thought that because I had done BaW once, I would be able to co-moderate a week, and do the threads for a week, and take Blogging for Beginners on the side, and still do everything that I didn't have time to do last year (which amounted to a good half of the total). Duh! Maybe I shouldn't be surprised that I couldn't do all that (and teach 005 and help my daughter with her homework and spend some time with my husband...)

But there is still lots to learn, and lots of fun to be had. In just a few short weeks, I will be flying to Seattle to the TESOL Convention, where I will meet many of my webhead friends f2f! Now that is something to look forward to!


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