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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
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3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
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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, November 12, 2013


All information is not equal. We live in a day and age where our information radar is in perpetual motion. We receive information. We process information. We prioritize information. We get more information. The media and World Wide Web have created a communication marathon for which society is racing to keep pace. Some information propels us; some even heals us. Conversely, other information might serve as that annoying scab from which we cannot keep our hands away. We have want buckets and need buckets. We learn to keep both full. These perceptions are learned. We are overwhelmed by the data smog created by all these working information machines. Broadcast Media and the internet have now morphed into one hand-held device. Today’s high school student was born into this smog. Their lives revolve around technology and their instant gratification for information, however useless it may be at times. The fact remains; the information is in the palm of these students' hands. I believe as educators, we need to meet the students where they are. That is, we must find ways to incorporate technology into our lesson plans. We must create a learning environment that promotes information literacy. We have gateways to information that lead us to information highways. It is imperative that curriculums be structured to keep our perceptions of information in tune with the speed to which we are receiving it.

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