Brian Metcalfe: A Life-Long-Learner

The Educational Technology and Media #ETMOOC, that I recently joined, suggested that participants introduce themselves in a unique manner. Following in the creative steps of Jess McCulloch, I decided to try my hand at writing and narrating a poem to help others better understand my learning journey.

Learning Journey Poster

Once my poem was created, I thought that I would read it and share it as an audio file through SoundCloud. Readers should be able to hear my narration by clicking on the “Play” button below. Should the orange “Play” symbol not display, readers may have to click on the hyperlink to transfer and play my narration from the SoundCloud web site. I have also included the text of my poem so that one may more easily follow along.


Brian Metcalfe: A Life-Long-Learner

Here’s an audio introduction
to a Metcalfe, named Brian
who keeps on learning each day,
without really tryin’.

My educational career
spanned 40 great years!
I shared resources and ideas
with any, and all my peers.

I taught grades 7-12 students
Computer Science & Math,
and for my last 25 years
took on a new, career path.

Towards Educational Technology
in a consultant’s new role,
To help K-12 teachers
use technology was my goal.

I created a monthly newsletter
which was called “Bits and Bytes”.
For 23 years I shared resources
and worked on it many long nights!

Some say I’m somewhat anal 😉
with a perfectionistic passion.
I believe in … a “job well done!”.
I trust it’s still “in fashion”.

I really value family and friends
and am truly lucky as well,
that my “best friend” is my wife
with a family … that is swell!

My teacher-wife & I retired together
and are no longer wage earners.
So I created an educational blog
which is called “Life-Long-Learners”.

I’m now enrolled in a MOOC –
a massive, open, online course;
where one gets to choose assignments
where engagement is the force!

When you start to chart your own path
MOOCs make learning fun!
Supported by a creative community,
Your learning’s never done!

So I ask … what do you value?
What can you share
with educators world-wide
to show that you care?

So I’m passionate about sharing
and learning for me is beguiling.
So I’ll sign off, as always, with
Take care & keep smiling 🙂


Credit: The “Learning is about the journey …” image was created by Krissy Venosdale and is available from her {Free} Posters web site.

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10 Responses to Brian Metcalfe: A Life-Long-Learner

  1. jaapsoft says:

    this is something of an introduction. Thanks Brian.

  2. admin says:

    “jaapsoft” – Thanks for your comment. As one who has cycled through the Netherlands, I must say that you have a delightful country. You might enjoy a video I created that was inspired by my visit to the Arnhem/Oosterbeek War Cemetery in your native Holland. The video is entitled “Are two minutes, too Much, to Ask?” I apologize for the quality of the images but my original 35 mm slides, from 1970, had dis-coloured so I had to use pictures that I acquired from the Internet.

    I hope you find this message as important as I do.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  3. Ben says:

    Awesome poem, thanks for sharing, Brian! I love that you uploaded a personal reading of it to SoundCloud (I live being able to comment “in line”), and as far as I’m concerned, a “job well done” is always in fashion, although it’s much easier these days to publish and share “half-done jobs” along with the great jobs.

    This is certainly not one of the half-done jobs 🙂

  4. admin says:

    Ben … You are an amazing motivator through your positive comments! I particularly like how you add “value” in your comments with a new “tweak”. You demonstrated how one can provide “in line feedback” in SoundCloud. Readers may wish to view my original SoundCloud narration, and look closely in the shadow area below the wave form. If you move your mouse over the small image (at the 0.19 second mark), you will see an icon of Ben Rimes (techsavvyed) with the embedded comment “Wow, honored to be learning alongside such a veteran of the field!”

    Your “value added” comments help demonstrate to others how important it is to read, not only the original post but also, the related comments. Much of my serendipitous learning comes from tips and constructive feedback that individuals, like you, provide through commenting.

    Thanks for caring and sharing Ben.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  5. verónica says:

    I did mourn. I live in Uruguay, I teach and I am amazed how emotions can be so globalized.


  6. admin says:

    Hi Verónica (or perhaps I should say Hola Verónica) … Thanks so much for not only your comment (all the way from Uruguay) but also your insightful post about how context influences understanding of, for example, “lip-dub”. I’ll do my best to explain what “lip dub” is through an example to add value to your blog post.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  7. Debs Seed says:

    What a lovely idea for your introductory post, Brian. Truly unique! Will we be hearing more from you?! I hope so.

  8. admin says:

    Thanks for your kind words Debs. So often, as educators, we get tired of reading the printed word, be it in traditional books and magazines or online. I thought that an audio introduction might be different and, at the same time, expose #ETMOOC colleagues to the SoundCloud application.

    I first learned about SoundCloud while being enrolled in the DS106 Digital Storytelling MOOC. In fact, you might enjoy another SoundCloud endeavour of mine where I conducted a “radio show interview”. It is called “20 Questions & Answers About DS106“. I created an audio interview in which two students are interviewed and their answers are actually sound bites from popular songs. If you are pressed for time, the questioning starts at the 2:43 minute point on the SoundCloud display just above my first gravatar image. I hope you enjoy it as I had a great deal of fun learning and constructing this unique interview.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  9. Valerie says:

    Awesome poem. I am adding this to my collection.

  10. admin says:

    Glad you enjoyed the poem Valerie. I had fun creating it and exposing our #ETMOOC colleagues to the SoundCloud application. If you collect poems & unique audio clips, you might want to investigate another “interview” activity I created using SoundCloud. I conducted a fictional “radio show interview”. It is called “20 Questions & Answers About DS106“. I created an audio interview in which two students are interviewed and their answers are actually sound bites from popular songs. I think you might enjoy it.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

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