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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?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Elluminate Class

Being that I'm a culinary teacher I feel that using a class structure like elluminate will only work for classes like sanitation or nutrition. Delivering information for classes like this is pretty much lecture. For high school students I feel that a class designed in this manner will be a huge challenge for most students, due to the fact that I feel they mainly need to physically see the instructor and utilizing more hands on techniques. But for a class that consist of mainly lecture it may work to the point that power points,group assignments and various whole class discussions will work because you can conduct a larger class size and possibly cover more information. I do feel that the challenges will out weigh the benefits when it come to high school students. Since you will not be standing in front of them you can't tell if they are really grasping the information being presented or if they are paying attention at all. For adults its great because with various schedules it makes it easier to jump online where ever you are when the class time start. Most teenagers are not that responsible to stop what they are doing to go and log in to an online class.

So all these things would have to be seriously considered before attempting some thing like this on a high school level. With so many distractions ( cell phones, television, ipod, etc) I feel that it would be easy for students to loose focus on what being taught. If this technique was used I know all activities would have to well structured and designed to hold the students attention. SO it would have to be something as a teacher you know they would enjoy for the duration of class. I would maybe have them teach portions of the lesson so they would have to be on point. Work on projects, create power points relevant to the lesson and maybe even design some games focused around the games shows we see on TV daily. This will make it much more interactive and maintain the students attention.

Me personally I enjoy our elluminate class when we work on group activities. It allows everyone an opportunity to participate in class because you basically have no other choice. I also really enjoy being able to be at home or work to complete class/assignments.


Kevin J said...

I agree with you, the breakout group sessions in the Elluminate class is my favorite part as well. Also, the instruction of lecture material is difficult enough for a high school student to sit through in a class room setting. To believe they would actually sit at home and follow along with you on Elluminate is hard for me to believe. They are to easily distracted in a structured classroom session. I do feel that Elluminate would be a valuable tool to a student who had become ill or had an accident of some kind limiting them from attending school for an extended length of time.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Keio - you make several valid points in your post, while you and Kevin raise interesting questions concerning the independent focus of our high schoolers. Still, both of you added possible uses of Elluminate for our young students - very good.