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2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On-line Learning

I am technically challenged. I am a visual learner. I get frustrated while trying to make the computer work the way I need it to. I get distracted trying to operate the computer and lose focus on my assignments. I get more frustrated and want to quit. I have to work at this a few times a week. I can't do it all in one sitting. It is too much for me. I think if I had an instructor to walk me through the computer keyboard, Internet, and other programs that we are using I may not be as frustrated; but when my wife, peer teachers or classroom peers try to instruct me I am already frustrated and cannot grasp what they are trying to show me because I am ready to throw the thing. I am going to try, when school is not in session, to find some time, to explore the computer and become more competent. The county I work in is requiring a computer competency class before the end of this year. I am sure I will benefit from that instruction.
I do like the idea of on-line learning. It has saved me time and money. It has forced me to learn more about computers, even though I didn't like it initially. I am able to be more vocal on-line than I would be in a classroom setting. I would like more PowerPoint type and video on-line instruction because that is more along my learning style. I would like less reading assignments because I have a hard time focusing and learning from reading.

1 comment:

Lori said...

I can use several editing softwares on the computer, which is supposed to be one of the most challenging feats on a computer. However, I agree with you, that I have been somewhat technically challenged. Before NTI, I had never performed online classwork or written on a blog. I have had some frustrations... mainly with keeping all of my log-in and passwords straight ! I have appreciated the online work because it has been economical and flexible. Yet, my fear has often been...have I completed all the parts of this assignment ? Did I "post" properly ? I am glad to be learning to be tech efficient because I want to continue my education. This will probably be done via an online course. I appreciate the gentle push from NTI by encouraging me to become a progressive teacher.