Fifteen weeks ago I was looking for a new challenge and signed up for the VicPLN Program which has brought about a new vigour to my work life. I did the same 15 years ago when I was looking for another direction in my work life and decided it was time to sign up to the BArts (Library and Info Science) at Charles Sturt Uni. It was an exciting time for me and my friend Angela (two heads are better than one) as we were both looking for new challenges. Unknown to Angela and I at the time, as we signed our enrolement forms there was actually a ‘third’ person joining us on this journey – yes I was pregnant. We had to travel to Wagga Wagga for an ‘on campus study week’ in late January and Angela not only managed to ‘map’ every hospital on the way (just in case) but also find the ‘hotspots’ on campus so the ‘mobile phone’ (a clunky contraption) would work! We had lots of fun over the next 4 years as we completed our ‘distance education’ with the occasional ‘phone call’ to our lecturers, trips to the local uni library, litres of late night cups of coffee and many, many trips to the post office to get assignments off in time, oh and we also both managed to fit in fulltime work. Well 15 years later Angela and I are still great friends, both working in school libraries and still sharing our learning. My daughter is just about to embark on her VCE years (with subject choices due this week) and I’m still looking for new challenges. But as I look back I wonder how much easier it would have been for us with the advances in mobile phone technology, the use of Google Maps, online PD, direct links to classrooms and our lecturers – certainly alot easier but we probably wouldn’t have had so much fun. I’m not sure what the next 15 years are going to be like but I know that there are lots more challenges out there for all of us in a world of 21st Century Learning!
August 15, 2010 by Lynn