I want to be someone who blogs. I want to walk around in the Macworld without a map. I want to use iMovies and WebQuests to get kids interested in reading. I want to be Digitally Literate. Alas, I am a new student of this “new media” and frequently rely on Twittering Teens and Google Gods to define terms like the ones so carefully used above. As with ballet dancing, card shuffling, rollerblading and guitar picking, I fear that I will never be a Digital Master. However, as ole Marty McFly would say, “If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything.” Thus begins my humble journey into the digital classroom.
My hope is that here, on these very pages, you will help fuel my flux capacitor with insights on young adult literature, writing workshops, and digital literacy. Like Doc Brown, I am just as curious about the past as I am about the future. My plutonium contains a deep appreciation for the classics and an irksome desire to hand them back to the Libyans. There must be a way to be a “kid person” and a “book person” without causing a nuclear reaction, and I am determined to find this balance.
My sincere thanks, in advance, for sharing your wisdom on 21st century literacy skills and the future of language arts curriculum. (It goes without saying that I am equally grateful for your patience as I overextend this Back to the Future analogy just a bit more.) I welcome all YA fiction suggestions, new media tips, and funds to save the clock tower of classic literature. According to Emmett, “As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88mph the instant the lightning strikes the tower… everything will be fine.” Let’s hope the same is true for my classroom!