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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?

Sunday, February 8, 2009



I think using Elluminate is a great way to engage the 21st century learner.  The technology involved allows for discussion, lectures, presentations, and group work....however, it does not suit the traditional hands on lab classroom.  In a lecture based class such as history or english, this type of software is great.  But, when it comes to actually performing a task or activity, it is difficult to achieve the same level of involvement / results as compared to using elluminate.

If I were to design a course for elluminate for my would have to be one that included a lot of videos or live feed of my screen for my learners to follow.  If I was to teach an intro to drawing course, I would need to be able to actually demonstrate the task to the students via webcam.  The whiteboard and communication tools would not be beneficial other than to ask questions.  So, when setting up the course, I would make power points with the objectives and steps, show those, then have a class session where I demonstrate the task, followed by a review session or "parking lot" session to solve any issues.  I would have to consider that not all students would have access to a computer with a webcam, nor would they be able to utilize the software (drafting) at home unless the county provided it to them.  So, elluiminate would only work for me if I were performing a lecture such as great architects, house styles, etc.  I would also have to consider that students are very good at sharing information, especially digitally, so I would have to devise projects that would not be easy to cheat.

Elluminate has been great and I enjoy using it.  Its fun, interactive, and adds another tool to the box.  Thanks!! Have a great week.

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