Graduate School Adventures – Day One, Yay!

May 4, 2009 by

I don’t often like to toot my own horn, but back in September of this year I fulfilled one of my early adolescent dreams; I was accepted to the University of Michigan!

Alright, alright, so I wasn’t accepted to the main campus in Ann Arbor, but the UofM extension campus in Flint, Michigan is still the University of Michigan as far as I’m concerned! That makes one more item scratched from my list of accomplishments to achieve before turning 30 40 (if I had one of those lists that is).

I was snuffed by the UofM School of Engineering while applying for undergrad studies (I would have made a poor engineer), but I can now proudly wear the blue and gold as I’ve been acccepted into the UofM-Flint’s Global Program in Education Technology.

I’ll be trying my best to reflect upon my experiences, and share the resources I’ll be developing with my team over the next two summers during our residencies in Geneva. Yup, We get to travel to Europe twice for a couple of 3 week residencies to work closely with some NGOs at the U.N. The idea is to foster global awareness and competencies via technology, and build up some serious programming skills with HTML, Java, and Ruby on Rails in order to put out plans into “digital” action.

The first seminar began today; the first task? Publish a profile on the program’s social networking site. I think this graduate school thing is going to be right up my alley πŸ™‚

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9 Comments

  1. Ren Baldwin

    Congrats, congrats.
    This will be a perfect program for you.
    You have my best. Keep us informed as you go.

  2. Tom

    Ben that’s awesome. Congratulations.

    I’ll be really interested to see how it plays out. I only wish the site wasn’t locked down so I could check it out more. Seems like a pretty fun attitude already though.

    I’m teaching edtech integration classes now so post a lot so I can steal the best ideas.

    Toms last blog post..Literacy Status: It’s Complicated

  3. Christine

    Nice to have you back online.

  4. Go Blue! Congratulations. Nice to have the Tech Savvy Educator back.

  5. pixelator

    Welcome back! Congrats on grad school. Should provide you (us)with tons of new material.

  6. Welcome to Grad school life! Looking forward to lots of good posts in the future.

  7. Kevin

    Sounds like an exciting program, Ben. Have fun…and I’ll think of you when you’re writing out tuition checks!

  8. I think the updates should really be interesting. I am looking forward to hear what you are experiencing in this program.

  9. A HUGE thanks to everyone for commenting so quickly! Nice to know that people are still tuned in, and eager to share πŸ™‚

    Tom: I wish the site wasn’t locked down as well, but you can at least browse through the projects once they get going. I think it’s one of those things were it’s locked down per University mandate, otherwise we’d have to be using the Blackboard system provided by the University, and no one seemed thrilled about having to use Blackboard, the instructors included πŸ™‚

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