Thanks to Alice Barr, I not only set up my skype, I got to talk to a real person! This may seem old hat to many, but the speed at which I went from figuring out how to add a contact, to finding a contact, to messaging, to talking . . took no time at all. Really, about 2 minutes until Alice got in touch, then 10 minutes to get talking. This whole experience is really feeding my instant gratification needs. With any luck I’ll be able to do a skype conversation with the Seedlings at some point – that will be really fun!
The key to it all is the support one feels through the various means of contact. Learning with others, and watching their learning happen via comments and posts in the ning gives me confidence to dive right in. Knowing there is someone out there with some answers when I get stuck is also key. The where and when is truly less crucial (despite my instant gratification example above), and the duration can fit my window of opportunity. I’m suddenly seeing many more windows!