Today, I needed to go up to Tufts Veterinary clinic for Clio. They may be able to take care of her pee problem. But that’s not the point. I had to get someone to cover my class, and that person insisted on having a lesson plan. So I decided to show three videos about Africa from the TED conference, to talk about leadership issues as they relate to solving the problems of Africa. He knows how to use a DVD player attached to a TV monitor, but not how to use a computer attached to a digital projector even though they’re the same thing.
I’ve never done anything like this before, but in about 15 minutes I’d made a DVD image on my Mac laptop, using iDVD. I entered the four videos from TED, and wrote some quick menu blurbs. Then it took two hours to burn the image to disk, and I was then done. In 15 minutes I created an hour-long lesson plan, with some techno-burning going on in the background while I did the other things. It was easier than making bread by a long shot.
I find myself wondering what other technological marvels exist like this, that I can use for empowering myself and my students in the classroom, that I don’t currently know how to use. It makes for an interesting gedankenexperiment.