When my friend Katie was quite young and had started learning to play the piano, she was attempting to master a very well-known piece of music by a well known Canadian musician. Since I can’t remember exactly what piece it was, I am going to take some artistic license here and pretend that it was The Homecoming by Hagood Hardy. (Yes, Katie, I know. It’s incorrect. But it serves the story well, even if it is a semi-fictional account.)
As luck would have it, Katie ended up at an occasion in the company of Mr. Hardy, a piano, and her parents. Her parents INSISTED that she play the Homecoming for Mr. Hardy. Katie still talks about how nervous she was, having to perform such a beautiful piece of music for the man who had written and recorded it.
When I initially told Mr. Shareski, our instructor for ECMP355, that I was planning on learning how to build and implement a Webquest, he put me in touch with Bernie Dodge, who is the creator of the Webquest model and a Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University, using Twitter. I think I know how Katie felt, a little bit. I am nervous that I won’t do this justice. I know that I must contact Mr. Dodge because this is an amazing opportunity to network with someone who is a visionary and who could provide valuable feedback.
I am making good progress, I think, starting to really think about the Webquest Taxonomy and what elements I will try to incorporate into the quest. I have been using Google Sites for my Webquest and have found a template that has a general outline of each of the sections of the Webquest, so I’m trying to stick pretty closely to those while also referring to Mr. Dodge’s website as well.
It’s time for me to play The Homecoming. I pledge that by this time next week I will have gotten up the nerve to contact Mr. Dodge. You can hold me to that.