My interest in StarTrek started late in high school. My best friend encouraged me to watch and my mind really opened up to thinking about the future. Through StarTrek, I gained an appreciation for science fiction. When we brainstormed names for this new blog, I blurted out “engage” and everyone looked around. It seemed to have passed the initial sniff test.
“You know,” I said, “engaging students. Student engagement with learning,” and I saw nods.
“I like it,” one person said.
And I of course pictured Captain Jean-Luc Picard pointing toward the view screen. “Engage!”
“Captain Picard?” someone asked.
“Yes, the guy who hangs in my office.”
New adventures, new discoveries together. But, yes, student engagement with learning too. When I walked the halls of the Pennsylvania Convention Center this past summer at ISTE 2019, I still heard people talking about blogging and podcasting. These were hot topics when I presented there in 2009 (I think that year the conference was in San Diego?). It renewed my own interest in having a space to call your own. And while I hope to use this space to make content of interest accessible and available to Goochland teachers, I hope too to expand the reach of our expertise and efforts as a team beyond our schools. I am hopeful our work can help influence educators down the road but also around the world.
I can’t say for certain where this new collective blog will take us, but I say, let’s go boldly. Let’s share what moves us, what we’re passionate about. And thanks for reading!