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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?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Elluminate Live....

Since I missed last weeks blog because of my computer issues that have plagued me all this semester I would have to say that Elluminate Live #$!#&*!! However that is not the case. Elluminate Live is an interesting way to learn especially because we spent time together over the summer and we got to know each other face to face. It is amazing how I can see every ones personality's come through even in their chat room comments because we know each other already. It must be harder for the newer students who came in mid-stream and have yet to complete the summer courses. I do believe our instructors (no this does not qualify as sucking up because it is factual and directly goes with the theme Ha!) do a good job keeping the Elluminate Live classes flowing and tend to every ones needs and issues (me included). Elluminate Live also gives each student a chance to perfect their computer skills (boy I need that) and it can be done in the convenient comfort of their own home or hammock whatever they prefer. I will be honest when you get kicked off, or can't get sound, or lose Internet or whatever else technology can throw at us Elluminate Live can seem like a hindrance more then a convenience. But after the stress melts away it is a awesome way to learn especially for all of us who have families, teach, coach and oh yes sometime have a life. In closing I think the mix of seat time classes, school visits and Elluminate Live is the perfect formula for a successful experience.


Ginger said...

I agree with your last comment. If I only learned through Elluminate Live then I think that I would be unhappy and frustrated but with the combination of the 3, it is a RECIPE for success.

With all 3, it is actually how we teach our kids. First there is lecture to understand the basics (Elluminate Live), then there is hands on practice (class at the GSU campus), and then there is the evaluation (school visits).

Very well said Coach!!

Suzette said...

Hi Coach! Thanks for sharing your view. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for you considering the computer problems that you have experienced. I agree 100% with your comment on the attentiveness of the instructors to the needs of the class (although true, I might be sucking up...). I also share the support for convenience. The thought of working a long day and then the requirement of finding childcare, traveling 30 miles to class, and the expectation of actually engaging in the process of learning is more than I could bear. Despite the cons that have been identified with Elluminated...that single pro out weights them all! See you on Tuesday night!