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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 Live

I would love to use Elluminate Live with broadcasting students. I remember when I first began to edit. I had to call my "mac" mentor and communicate over the phone while editing and asking him questions. He had a mac with the same program and so he would answer my questions while we both looked at the software. All of this was done while we both had crooked necks from using the telephone against our ears. How nice it would have been to use the Elluminate system to work together with the new speaker/headsets. As a student, I have found Elluminate to be a great tool for learning. As a teacher, the resource would be a great tool for teaching. The interaction of a classroom or a program would encourage both learning and teaching. Broadcasting is already technical, so to incorporate Elluminate, seems natural. I can envision this software for my students. I could help them with problems and assignments when they are editing outside of the classroom. Not only would my students have interaction with me and other students regarding the lessons, but they would be fine tuning their "online" application skills.
One thing to consider is that not all students have access to computers. Maybe the software could be used in the classroom initially to train the students. After that, those students that have access to computers could benefit at home. Those who don't have at home computers could use computers in the public library or other hopeful options, such as a relatives home.
I would teach the main lesson in the broadcasting lab at school. Alternative learning and additional training could be done after hours for those who had access to a computer. I find that not all of my broadcasting students want to edit. Some prefer filming, anchoring and scriptwriting. Hopefully, the true editors will find a way to access the additional learning time via Elluminate.
I would initially set up with my students the Elluminate program. We would have in class training. The school would provide the headsets. After this we would establish a time for "group learning" online. Those students that need financial aid for headsets, I would provide out of the broadcasting budget. Since Elluminate is on the computer and editing is done on the computer, I can think of many activities to work on with the students. We could learn how to edit together and troubleshoot problems. We could investigate other websites that teach filming and editing tips and share them. One more idea is to work on scriptwriting together. You could visualize the script and discuss it via the internet. This new program venture would develop via trial and error. The reward awaits for those students who make the time and effort to take hold of the opportunity.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Lori - seems you have just about written a lesson plan already! Another thing to add to your ideas is that students who did not have computers could attend the Elluminate session in your class, like you did initially with Dr. Burns. And I agree that Elluminate seems a natural fit for your program - good point.