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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


Designing a course for Elluminate would offer significant challenges for high school students. Although I believe that any course could be adapted to this technological format, the considerations for general population students would be enormous. First of all, the things I would need to consider; internet access, computer literacy, responsibility, dependability and of course training. Secondly, knowledge and assessment of the individual students would be an important detail in the initial planning phases of an elluminate course. Finally, Healthcare Science as the subject matter will offer a few challenges of its own as well as the high school setting itself. Considering all of these factors, I would be most likely to utilize this as a combination course, live dates and elluminate dates, and with advanced level students only.

The types of activities that I would like to use would include groups, small groups, whole group discussions, brainstorming, panel discussions, lecture, student presentation and group projects. I am not so sure how videos work within this environment but I would use it if adaptable. There are many positive attributes of Elluminate; however, I have difficulty visualizing the program for high school students. I think that it could allow a more detailed or in debt coverage of Healthcare Science theory, especially for the introductory courses. Additionally the technology at hand could improve student accessibility and utilization of technical tools for group projects and presentations. Ultimately, Elluminate has been a wonderful experience for me and has given me additionall insight into the technological advancements that are available to us.


RS said...


Healthcare is an excellent example of one of the areas that needs the hands on. Elluminate can certainly be used to enhance a program such as yours. It would not be the main method of teaching Health Science with all the hands on needed.

The use of video is a very creative idea to incorporate into the Elluminate. Elluminate is one more tool to incorporate into our teaching/learning experience to better reach the needs of all students.


Erika said...


I agree with you about your content area, but disagree with presenting it only to AP students. Only because I have a number of lower level special ed students and they thrive on the computer. They would rather read from a computer screen than from a book. Also, the students that have technology modifications are already use to the headset and microphone. You would be suprised at how many on level and lower level students would enjoy this. Even if they are slow to start, they would catch on extremely fast. They treat these things like games! It would work well for the majority of students, not just AP students. :-)