I’m up with the latest technology. I have a blog (three, actually…) a spanking new Macbook, a cool cell phone… But my mom who is an AP English teacher at Pompano Beach High School in Florida just emailed me a podcast she’d created as part of a workshop she was involved in.
Mom – what are you doing to me here? How can I possibly maintain my status as the family tech guy if you’re turning out podcasts? Podcasts!
My mom who used to call me for help with del.icio.us and Firefox sent me a podcast. Sure, it was a short, 30-second podcast, but it had pictures of my kids and my brother’s kids, music, and a voice-over. I can’t help but be simultaneously proud and a little bit intimidated. I’d post it here but she used copyrighted music from the Dave Matthews Band. I guess that’s at least one thing I can still teach her about now…
I guess my point in all this is that it’s never too late and you’re never too far into your career to give some of these things a try. In her case, with 23-ish years of classroom experience, I think playing with this stuff helps to keep her motivated to go to work every day. Sure she’s at a great school with motivated kids, but dabbling with new media is sure a great way to keep things fresh in class.