So after a considerable absence I’m back. And for my first post for over a year I have decided to talk about…Me!
Last night I did something I have never done before…no, not that, something else. I presented an online seminar using Adobe Connect. For a lot of you this will be nothing new at all but for me it was a first step into a new world. And it was fascinating.
The theme was using Web 2.0 as a source for material (specifically googlefight, Pinterest and Quora) and was part of a series of webinars hosted by the tireless Jürgen Wagner from the Landesinstitut für Pädagogik und Medien (LPM) in Saarbrücken to support the publication of their excellent book Web 2.0 im Fremdsprachenunterricht which has stacks of great ideas for language teachers. Jürgern was kind enough to ask me to submit an article and long story short as part of the package I agreed to deliver a presentation on my article.
I will confess now to being more than a little terrified at the idea. Teaching is one thing, presenting to an audience of your peers is something else, doing it online to a group of people you cannot see or hear was in a whole other category.
How did it go? Well…okay actually, I got through to the end without any major mistakes but there were a couple of points I forgot and it was very easy to forget that the audience couldn’t see what I was doing as only my face was in shot, so cheerfully gesticulating at my slides was largely a waste of time but otherwise it wasn’t too bad. Everybody who listened was very supportive which helped a lot and there were some great questions and comments which helped move the presentation along.
Would I do it again? Yes, if Jürgen invites me back then I would love to have another go at it but next time I would try and eliminate the umms and ahhs. Seriously! You can watch the presentation here and there will be a small prize for the person who counts the total number of umm and ahhs (I gave up when I got into three figures) and for that reason alone I’m grateful to the audience for sticking with it when it must have been driving them round the bend!
I have a new-found respect for people who do this, it is not as easy as it looks and if you think it is then try it, or better yet try it anyway, audiences are patient and want to hear what you have to say and in a connected world this is an excellent way for teachers to continue to find new ideas and learn from each other especially when you cannot fly to conferences.
The next presentation in the Web 2.0 series comes from Ingrid Braband on Monday 21st January and you will find it here and you can email Jürgen ( JWagner@lpm.uni-sb.de ) beforehand to say you are coming, so hopefully I’ll see you there or when you do your webinar – there’s no need to umm and ahh about it ;-)