Spring has arrived in many parts of the northern hemisphere, including in Utah, USA, where I live, and this new season is the source of new life and hope. I always enjoy watching spring floors bloom and the blossoms on our fruit trees in the coming weeks.
Reflecting on the newness of spring, I ponder over the fact that it has been over a year since the pandemic radically altered every aspect of our lives, including how education is carried out throughout the world. Personally, I have been involved in a number of initiatives and projects that have helped me see people, teaching, and learning in new and exciting ways. Some projects are readily apparent, and the manifestations and results are readily apparent, like a new listening activity, video, or learning activity. Other urgent tasks are often less visible, but they still take a lot of time and coordination.
Over the past several weeks and for the next few months, I will involved in these activities:
- update the quiz delivery system to handle the data and traffic coming to my site. I am speaking of the quiz that comes after most of the listening and video activities.
- add additional supporting activities around each listening activity. These might include interactive games.
- evaluate and test the possibility of packaging some of the listening activities into a book format for teachers in low-resource environments.
- continue to produce live broadcasts with teachers and students from around the world as means of sharing learning challenges and successes.
Outside of these activities, I also plan on taking time to relax and disconnect from technology. So critical in today’s world.
Best wish to all of you.