Wednesday, April 20, 2011

humbled and uplifted

Today I attended the Iowa 1:1 Institute.  It was a wonderful day of learning and connections.  I was very humbled and uplifted at the same time today.  I had multiple people stop me to make the face to face connection from our conversations virtually on Twitter.

I was also reminded of that saying,  "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"  Sometimes I wonder if a tweet or blog post I write make an influence. 

image used from Flickr

I was told by a few Twitter friends today that they had started using KidBlog in their classroom because they heard about it from me.  One person thanked me for connecting with teachers at his school on Twitter. I have had a difficult last couple weeks personally and professionally.  It was uplifting today to hear that what I do and share has made an impact on classrooms other than my own.  Thank you to those of you who shared those tidbits today.  It's the little things that make a big difference!

What can you do to uplift someone this week?


  1. Maybe sharing what we "steal" from others is something we need to do more of? We've used Gaggle in our district for quite a while, but listening to yours (and Shannon, Nick, Russ, etc.) present on KidBlog at EdCamp KC plus seeing how Amanda Dykes and others use it has definitely changed what I recommend to teachers. We don't have any great examples yet, so I haven't shared. But I definitely agree that what you share makes a difference in what our teachers will use! Keep up the great work!

  2. Great thoughts Becky. I understand where you're coming from and can relate to wondering if tweets and blog posts make a difference. I can also share, however, that I learned about KidBlog and #comments4kids from you. :)

    I always show yours as an example now when sharing KidBlog with teachers here in my district! So thank you. We've got to just keep on keepin' on!

  3. @Josh - I do think we should share our successes with tools we've "stolen" from others more. I think some people need to hear that what they're doing is making a difference.

    @Kyle - I'm so glad you've learned some things from me. I've learned so much from you, too! Thanks for sharing my blog! =)

  4. I LOVE the pic you have assigned on this blog post. I actually just bought a book, Giant Steps to Change The World, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis that is about this subject. It is always encouraging to hear from others that our work does impact others in a positive way. I am not as familiar with Twitter as I probably should be but I have enjoyed your blog tremendously. Thank you for all you wonderful post!

  5. We often don't know the difference we make in others' lives, especially as teachers. We sow, and others reap. That's why committed people like you will always make a difference.

    As far as tweeting and blogging, there's a very interesting observation called the 1% Rule. If you've never heard of it, check it out.

  6. Interesting about the 1% Rule, Justin! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Becky, I love your post. You never know what those 140 characters can mean to someone. So glad you've kept at it. Will be following:)