The last day of class, my comp professor posed an interesting question to us:
Let's say you have an entire year paid sabbatical (via grant, miracle, etc) to do whatever you want to do. What would you do?
I wasn't sure exactly -- my first thought was read as much as I could about writing workshop so I could be an expert and hammer out a perfect (*cue laughter*) writing workshop procedure in my classroom.
But then I thought bigger. If I could, I think I would take a year to explore all the different technology writing/composing media -- ones created for the classroom or not, ones schools could actually afford or not. I would find ways to get my hands on the very newest stuff, to see what's coming. I would find out all the possible ways to use Smart/Promethean boards, writing pads, movie-making media...and all those other things that I know must be out there but I have no earthly idea what to do. I would compile my research into a giant Bible of Digital Media that cross-referenced every conceivable use of these technologies.
If there was one thing I came away with from that composition class was that I would really like to explore additional media for "composing." I'm not sure I'd be experimental enough to give students a choice between a written or digital essay every time, but I'd like to be able to let the kids play a bit more with media than I currently do with them. And part of the reason that I don't is because I feel so completely overwhelmed at the thought of what's out there and how little I know about it. So, there's my dream grant-funded sabbatical. What about you?