This summer is (hopefully) my last summer of my doctoral program. The past two summers, we have had two classes at the same time, each lasting eight weeks. It has been intense, but it’s been sandwiched on either end with three weeks or so without classes. For this last summer semester, the program decided to switch it up and scheduled our classes so that they are instead “side by side.” That’s good, because it makes each week individually less intense. However, it also stretches everything out and so I don’t have a large chunk of “off” time.
I also work-year round, providing summer technology-focused professional learning for teachers and designing the same for the next year. This summer, I’m trying to balance that a little by attending fewer summer conferences and will only be presenting at ISTE. In the past, I have presented at or attended some combination of SC Midlands, Upstate Tech, and GAMEIS. They are all wonderful and I have learned so much from the sessions I attended. However, the time commitment involved in all of those is just too “expensive” this summer.
All of these things combine to mean that I have less time for my own professional learning goals. So I’m trying to keep it simple by limiting it to just two:
- Complete and resubmit a re-designed Google Trainer application.
- Learn more about infographics and graphic design in general.
Graphic design is something that I have always struggled to master. Just like I’m vanilla, I also don’t think in images. I think in words. As a result, imagining content as an infographic doesn’t come easy to me. One of my co-workers just presented on this at GLMA and we talked through some of my internal barriers. My goal for this summer is to learn more about graphic design principles and to create some infographics that I can use in future professional learning sessions.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! I’m looking forward to hearing any comments, advice, or feedback you can give, as well as checking out all of the other posts for this week! 1 week down, 7 to go!