One of the nice features of Facebook is that it presents you with memories from the current day of the year in the past. I ran across this one this morning from, gulp, 11 years ago!
There were a couple of replies to the thought and that was cool. I had responded that it might be the inspiration for a blog post on that day. Using the archive feature of WordPress, I was able to go back to May of 2009 and then located a post from the 4th.
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It was an interesting read. That year, I had done considerable work with wikis with the CIESC (Computers in Education School Contacts) and they had developed wiki resources for their school and their own personal use. I led by example and created my own PL Wiki. It’s still in place. I’ve always written everything that I do and present down so that I don’t have to re-invent the wheel whenever I want to repeat a topic or do some research on how something actually works. Some of the stuff is still relevant and some is dated although I would argue that, for some of it, the concepts are still as viable today as they were then.
The page indicates that there are still some people that visit the site so that is kind of cool. I just hope that they’re not taking the advice of the Flock browser that I was a real fan of then! However, the addons that were recommended are still powerful today.
The power of the wiki was that it just worked. There are other resources today that are certainly fancier but so many are still in development. I had a discussion with a friend over the weekend about the difference in web resources – glitzy versus content.
I recall, at the time, I had a choice to run with pbworks as a wiki or a few other ones. Then, there were open source projects that I could self-host. I went with pbworks and I’m delighted that I made the right decision and that the product has endured.
The importance of this came as a result of a conversation with a friend who was wondering what to do as an electronic “home” during the shift to teaching online. There were others that were suggested and they certainly are glitzier but still have their issues, being under development. In fairness, everything is under development. But, remembrances of the work that we had done turned her back home where a pleasant surprise awaited. Some of the resources previously created were still appropriate and others with a little updating.
The message here? Remember the old adage about rainy days? I think that it applies here. If you’re creating resources or reusing them at this time, why not devise a plan so that you can hang on to them for future use? Like everyone, I hope that we never go through something like this again in our lifetime. We still don’t know what school will look like when it returns. Some of the solutions that I keep reading about involved a more serious approach to blended learning and/or partial “at home” days for the future.
Wouldn’t it be nice that you keep track of all the hard work that you’re doing now (since you’re doing it anyway) just in case it has a place in any future plans. It doesn’t have to be something formal or outwardly visible like a wiki, but even an organized approach to storing things locally on your own hard drive along with a backup plan, might serve you nicely in the long run. A journal containing your observations would be a nice addition as well so that you can refer to it again, if necessary.