At least until I found Doodle. Doodle is an online tool that lets group members indicate when they are free to meet. The organizer creates a poll with the times they have free – which makes it good to be the organizer! Once the poll is created, the organizer sends a link to members of the group via email. Members then click the link and indicate on the poll when they can meeting. Once everyone has voted, the poll is closed and the best time (or that there is no good time) is apparent. Easy peasy! And free.
I am in the process of creating a workshop on creating a WordPress blog. At this point in my career, I’ve started to see a little more clearly that I have a process that has to happen when I am learning a new tool. I am not completely new to blogging or to WordPress, but it is a large program, full of twidly bits, so it feels overwhelming to me and I wonder how in the heck that I am going to organize a workshop that is useful and wraps up in 3 hours time! But I think that this feeling is an important part of the process for me as a teacher. This low grade frustration with a new product and the subsequent clearing of the fog gives me important insight into what my students will feel as they approach it. I usually figure out a way to organize the key information that they need to walk away from the class with something useful in hand. Here’s hoping that happens again!