I had two separate people (my husband and a mom friend at my kids school) say to me "why in the world are you learning HTML?" My brilliant response..."dunno" :/
So I started thinking about coding and HTML. Call me crazy but it's actually kind of fun. I felt like I was trying to assemble a puzzle, well one with about a million pieces. It took hours for me to do that one little page. I honestly don't know if I had won a gold medal if I would have felt more accomplishment!
Although it was fun, the struggle was REAL. As I was working through the code the words kept indenting and I was stumped. I starred at it for at least an hour so I posted a request for help. Within 27 seconds my professor sent me this.
Oh that slash, that little slash made all those mistakes happen. I learned, I moved on, back to the puzzle.
While I was adding the colors I was reminded of a teen boy I worked with in cardiac a long time ago. He was waiting for a heart, he was a little nerdy and I bet he would have loved coding. I wish I knew how to do this back then. I wonder what he could have done. Probably taught me a thing or two or three.
I got my answer. Why are we learning HTML? Because it CAN enhance learning, it CAN enhance the experience, and the finished puzzle looks like a masterpiece.
Read it and weep.....2 loooooong days..... what is it you ask? I know, I know there is nothing there. Well that's step 2. I'll deal with that on Friday.
I found myself in a state of panic when the instructions weren't clear.
To me it read:
On day 2 at 11:30 PM when I was at the end of my rope and planning a conference call with the graduate assistant for the next day. I decided to go through the modules again and low and behold there was a video with detailed instructions (I swear it wasn't there before) to: Create a space in the Bengal server to store all of your work. Apparently my work will be for all to see on the web. It's not searchable, can't find it on google, but with the URL you can see it all. That's not intimidating at all.
I also started a 2nd class this week called Digital Media. I only have 6 chapters to read before Sunday...no big deal. But this class looks amazing. I like to make things digitally so I really think this class is going to help me really step up my game and learn to make some visually interesting projects. Of course I need to create a 2nd file in the server, but I got it now!
Lesson for the day: Slow down and work toward the deadline. I don't need to do it all in one day.
I was reading about Hugh Hefner the other day (I know not so "child lifey" of me) and at one point in his career he decided remake himself as a "bon viveur" and "man about town" that he would live the life he promoted in his magazines. Outside of the wild parties and extra boyfriend or 3, I feel like I am following in his footsteps....sorta....in a sense. I am adding something new to my life. Technology. So now I'll be like Hef and promote my lifestyle. I'll blog, tweet and learn what I can in graduate school in order to step up the game at my children's hospital.
My first classes are Intro to Web Development and Digital Media. I have started the Web class and I had to call IT immediately and ask for help. Good start! Per the professor by the end of class I will be able to code my own website. (stop laughing).
I'll blog along the way as a way to help myself journal what I learn throughout school. Feel free to follow along and send cheers and encouragement. I have a feeling balancing family life, career life and school life isn't going to be an easy journey.
My pal Hef also said once "Life is too short to be living someone else's dream" he also said "Picasso had his pink period and his blue period. I am in my blonde period right now" but that has absolutely nothing to do with anything here (wink, wink)
2 years to go...........