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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, October 25, 2009


Since today will be an open post, I have decided to vent a bit on my issues with technology. Now to be honest, I have had more positives than negatives when it comes to using technology in my instruction. My class is mainly based on the use of technology. However, it is the problems that can be the most memorable when you try to calculate the positives and negatives of your day.

My main issue to date has been the fact that my system is on a different platform than the rest of the school. My class uses Macintosh computers and this is no problem for most of the processes that I have to run. There are some issues when it comes to using my Smartboard and accessing some of the school servers. I also would like to use some internet instructional videos, but I cannot get the sound to work properly with the projector. These things can be very frustrating in the course of day-to-day teaching.

However, there is no need to despair. It turns out I have a great support system at the school. Even though there are some challenges with the technology, there are some work-arounds that in conjunction with a little help from our friends in I.T., will make sure that I can still get my intended lessons to the students. I guess this turned out to be less of a venting and more of a reaffirmation of what can be accomplished when the teachers and support staff work together. Cool.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Kennis - glad to hear of your support system as that is key to overcoming so many obstacles throughout the year. Thanks for sharing!