Week 1 Comment #2: Ben Witter

Week 1 Leadership Post: To Publish or Present?

Posted in Week 1 on October 28, 2012 by benwitter

I am actually pretty torn between the two right now.

I really like the idea of presenting. There is nothing quite like the energy that exists at a live event. The unknown variables of audience receptiveness, response, or questions excite me. I like the spontaneity of the whole affair. I could practice and rehearse for months, yet I’m not exactly sure what I’ll say when the moment arises. The sounds audience members make when a novel idea strikes them is rewarding. Knowing that I shaped someone’s thought process or that I had an impact on how they perceive things is very gratifying.

On the other hand, publishing an article intrigues me as well. I can spend hours and hours making sure I say the right thing. With an article I know exactly what I am trying to convey and can make sure I use the words I need to convey those thoughts. There would be no butterflies or knots in the stomach because no public address would be made. Many more people might be reached with my ideas as the publication would be available to a broader range of people, as well as probably archived online for later viewing.

Well, I guess the only equitable way to decide is by surrendering to chance. So I’ll flip a coin. Heads I present, tails I publish.

There you have it. I’m publishing.


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My Comment to Ben:

I love how you set this post up with the suspense of the coin on the finger, then the image of a coin on its edge, to the big reveal of your final decision to publish. I know that you would make an amazing presenter, but you have such a way with words that I know that publishing would be a great option for you. It’s a way for you to have your work out there for anyone to view. WordPress is a great Web 2.0 tool to use in education and I’m very interested to read about what you have to say in your Leadership Project. When it does get published, you better let me know because I want to be one of the first to read it. I will happily share your work to help inspire others here in California! I want to wish you the best for your publication. I’m sad that this program is coming to an end because it’s been such an inspiring year having worked with you.


Week 1 Comment #1: Tom Draa

Original Post:

Leadership Post: To Present or To Publish

October 26, 2012

It is an easy decision for me to choose to present my AR Project versus publishing it.  I have always loved to write and always thought I was pretty good at it, until I started writing my literature review.  It is a different type of writing and although I feel much more comfortable after my EMDT courses and finishing my literature review, I still am apprehensive when it comes to thinking about publishing my work.  I also really like the idea of presenting my work and feel much more comfortable making a quality presentation to display my project.

Looking at the list of places where we are able to apply to to present our capstone project was pretty daunting at first, but as I thought more about actually presenting the work I have done over the last year I must admit I started more and more to accept the challenge.  Although there were no locations nearby, I would love a reason to take a mini-vacation that would serve as a spring board for work to get out there and possibly help other utilize the technology I have began to master.

Challenge accepted.

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My Comment:

Now that I’m finally feeling really comfortable teaching 4th grade science, I’m becoming more and more inspired by your AR project and the work that you have done with your students. If I have time at the end of this school year, I may have my students help me write a song about electricity, and we’ll create a music video together. It’s been so exciting watching your students’ creativity thrive in the creation of their music videos about cells. You helped your students create a memory that will stick with them for most of their life. If I can remember songs that I learned when I was in kindergarten, then they definitely will remember a song that they wrote in your class. I know that whatever you come up with for your Leadership Project will be amazing and many more will be inspired. Best of luck to you!

Week 1 Leadership: To Publish or To Present

My Capstone Action Research Project taught teachers at my school to use LiveBinders, a Web 2.0 tool that allows you to organize information neatly in a virtual binder. The following video is a preview of my project and you can read more about on my AR Webpage.

Now that my project is coming to an end, I am now thinking about my next steps in a leadership project about LiveBinders. My big dilemma about sharing this leadership project is whether I want to publish or present my work. If you would have asked me this question 10 months ago when I started this EMDT (Educational Media Design and Technology) program at Full Sail University, I would definitely have chosen to get my work published. Today I’m feeling much more confident and empowered by the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained from the 10 classes that I’ve successfully completed. I’m so proud of the work that I’ve put into teaching others about LiveBinders, and I’m even more proud of the positive results that I’ve gained from teaching teachers and students about LiveBinders. This makes me believe that I will be able to make a bigger impact if I have the opportunity to present my leadership project at a conference and hopefully inspire others to start using LiveBinders in their teaching practice.