“We can’t hear you, sir!”
Those were the first few words I heard from little speaker sitting right beside my computer screen when I started my online class. I immediately panicked. I checked my settings on the computer. I unplugged my earphones and plugged them back. Then I asked back, “Can you hear me now?” Nothing. Few seconds, and a voice came booming from my speaker.
“Sir, I think you’re on mute!”
That was when I realized I made the first mistake in doing online classes. Always check if you’re audio is good.
For seven weeks now, I’ve been holding online classes through Google Meet, and building my content on a separate learning management system called Canvas. All my lessons are digital. And the delivery is via the Internet. So, having a stable Internet, a decent computer, a mic, and some lighting are just some of the basic equipment needed. …
At the end of week two of my blended learning class on publishing, I asked my class to recall times when newspapers, magazines, and other printed sources of news were still around. They were required to tell a story, as if they’re narrating it to their 10-year-old sister or brother.
The idea of reading a newspaper or a magazine sounds mundane for twenty-something College students today. And if you ask how they got their news back then, the common refrain was: my dad, grandad or another relative reads a newspaper in the morning. …
Celebrating my birthday from home or while on quarantine: A rumination
I’m celebrating my birthday from home. This is now a common refrain from anyone growing older under today’s circumstances: a pandemic hanging over our heads while your government wants you back in the office because the economy is suffering. The last bit is a serious matter that deserves a separate post.
I blog every time I turn a new page in life. As writing is triggered by inspiration, my writing is inspired by life-changes or milestones — and birthdays are milestones.
If there’s one big lesson I learned this year, it’s this: we’re taking life for granted every waking time. We’re often lost in the fast-paced and blurry moments of work and life. The economy is practically dictating our pace; we consider breaks or moments of ruminations outside of work as an afterthought. …