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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

Using Elluminate Technology in Transportation

I have enjoyed reading lots of good essays and blogs on how Elluminate can easily adapted to a lot of CTAE classrooms. I have also read some of the problems that would have to be overcome. I would have several physical arrangement issues to be solved. Not all my students have access to a updated computer and the Internet. I would estimate that less than half of my students have that access. The technology skill level would have to be raised for all to enjoy Elluminate. We could however use to school's computer lab by appointment. Elluminate does have order to it and the ability for groups to work together in an orderly manner. No one can interrupt! You have to raise your hand! How cool is that! While Elluminate is not perfect it can maintain some order at a higher level. It may be too slow for some students, and others will have to have intense computer instruction, or they will not be able to keep up. Also the biggest hangup in how do you corner teenagers to sit down all at once and do homework. Their schedule is crazy. Careful set up and lots of planning for the computer lab use would be the easiest way, but for only 25 students at a time. The size of the Elluminate groups should be smaller than what we use.

Areas of instruction in my classes could include interactive power point presentations and quick quizzes with instant feedback and verbal comments. Safety videos and small group projects could easily be done on Elluminate. Group assessments could be done on Elluminate. Some students who are not hands on or do not like to get their hands dirty would love Elluminate.

1 comment:

Dr. J said...

Hi Joe,
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I wish I could have split us in to two nights with this. It would work better and be easier on me. Budget cuts really make things tough on all ends. Next year if the group is this large I will lobby for 2 nites of Elluminate or go back to on campus teaching. Saw Troup County in the news last night with bad storms and thought about you! Dr. J.