I do not know where this will lead me. Hopefully to bigger and better things. Is it selfish of myself to think that my talents are being wasted at where I’m working now? Or could one say that I have too much of an ego? (Ok, those that REALLY know me know that one thing that I’m not lacking is ego). I’ve worked very hard over the last year to get me to this point, where I can say that I’m finally starting Graduate School!
I’ve had many conversations with fellow educators, both ed tech’ers and non, about which avenue I should take with regards to grad school. I look at what my new principal is going through now. She’s been on the job since January and she’s already been hospitalized and is being sued by a former employee that was just let go this past spring. DONG! There goes Ed. Leadership from my thoughts. No way do I want to go that route with all that hanging over my head possibly. I talked to some curriculum people. It all came back to this, how can I possibly go on a learning path when I truly don’t believe in the way the educational system is being run. Maybe some day. Just not today. Besides, as much as I would LOVE to bottle up Chris Lehmann and replicate him, I don’t see it happening any time soon. That left something in educational technology.
I looked at several schools, but it came down to one thing. Name recognition. One thing that I know for certain is that Full Sail University has been at or near the top with regards to quality technological learning for quite some time. And, they were local to me here in Central Florida, just in case I had some sort of desire to walk and get a diploma. As of Midnight last Monday, I am enrolled in the Education Media Design and Technology program. It is a 12 month program so the next year will be quite interesting, not to mention exhilarating.
In my usual fashion, one of our first assignments was to create a simple 30 second to 1 minute autobiography of myself using iMovie. Me being the overachiever that I am, I used Adobe Photoshop and Keynote to create some slides, Garageband to create voice tracks. I laid all of those down into Final Cut Pro, added transitions and exported the project out as a Quicktime. Seems simple enough. As I read what others did to complete their project, simply sitting in front of iMovie and talking, I started saying to myself, “Did I do too much?” Oh well, we shall see. Hopefully the professor will see that bringing all of these great programs together is something that I truly like to do.
Week 2 officially begins Monday at Midnight. I’m certainly itching to get going again. This starting for a week, then having a week off doesn’t sit too well with me. Until next week…