Raise your hand if you’ve been in a Zoom meeting this week! If I had to guess, probably more than one. Teachers in our district are zooming in, making plans for distance learning. I’ve been part of several over the last few days.
It is nice to see familiar faces and catch up. It is also a great space for brainstorming and sharing ideas. It can also be a little overwhelming.
One thing keeps making me laugh. Every time I see or hear the word Zoom or get an invite to a Zoom, I have flashbacks to my childhood. Anyone else?
The show Zoom dates back to the 1970s. It has nothing to do with online video conferencing. Or does it?
I loved watching this show as a kid. I remember it being informational yet entertaining. It was kids talking to kids.
Today I decided to look it up and see what information I could find. Here are some of the lyrics to the original opening song:
Come on and zoom, zoom, zoom-a-zoom You’ve gotta zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom-a-zoom Come on give it a try We’re gonna show you why We’re gonna teach you to fly high Come on and Zoom! Come on and Zoom Zoom!
Watch the opening scene. There is music, dancing, introductions. And at one point, a screen full of faces. A diverse group of kids, working together to teach as many kids as they can reach, about all kinds of things. Sounds a little familiar.
Think about it. This idea of distance learning is new for most of us. We have different levels of comfort concerning technology. Yet, we all have knowledge worth sharing.
So, here we are, coming together, Zooming through this process together. Learning from each other as we go.
I’m pretty sure these kids set a good example for us to follow. https://youtu.be/F7gzHLKT5g4