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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?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Elluminate, Pros and cons

Having lived in another less developed country for many decades, I am only too aware of the possibilities that this learning medium can present given the right conditions. When you think of children unable to go to school because the river they need to cross on foot is full for the better part of two weeks; when you think of long distances that some children travel to and from school to get an education; when you think of students that never see a computer throughout their schooling days; then you may better appreciate what "learning while you are at home" means. This is what Elluminate means to me. It bridges the distance gap and brings the whole class and instructor right in to your home. It's simply marvelous! It has taken distance learning to a totally new level!

Hopefully one day we might just see technologies of this nature being spread throughout the world.

Imagine an expert teacher from Paraguay, coming to a home classroom, to teach children from 5 different countries at the same time! Imagine the savings that will be entailed. Poor countries do not need to go through the same struggles that developed countries have experienced. This technology enables us all to share our resources and improve the lives of all of us. It enables all of us and everyone to move together as one world community!

One idea that springs to mind, nearer home, is to enroll all school administrators (by district or county) in a short intervention program that will teach them about Carl D. Perkins legislation and the very latest developments attending to it. There is absolutely no reason now why some school administrators still remain unaware of the benefits of this legislation and of how they may implement it for the advantage of their students and their communities.

Anyone of us here, who have taken this course from Dr. J. can easily mount, facilitate and run a teaching program of this nature through Elluminate. How feasible is this proposition? Is there anyone who might like to investigate this with me? :-)


Vsz said...

I have to agree. We in this country take so many things for granted. My parents were from Italy and Austria, so I have some understanding of what you were saying. Given the opportunity I would do it again this way.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Thozi - you have made an excellent point that developing countries can 'skip', so to speak, stages of development to access certain technologies - very insightful.