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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 19, 2013

Sites for Sore Eyes

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer the doer, the achiever-the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.” When I see a shift in power over something, and for the better, I often think of this famous quote by Vince Lombardi. Additionally, when I look at the information super highway that is known as the World Wide Web, I cannot help but think of the television show Hoarders. We often find ourselves staring at our computer screens like it is a collection of unreliable items piled high in a hoarders living space. Yes, we struggle with the social and academic evils of the internet. We struggle with internet indecency. We struggle with plagiarism. We struggle with the academic assets of articles found on certain websites. Let’s face it; we struggle with and have to manage pop-ups, perhaps the most routine inconvenience of our web-venture. Today, I cheer for the doer, the achiever. Today, I applaud my NTI colleagues and the wealth of website information that was stacked up expertly like so many crisp 100 dollar bills. The fact remains; the web is a great learning and instruction tool. I spent a better part of the class tonight scribbling website addresses in my notepad. I underscored many, often putting notes in the margins of my paper with comments like “must use,” “cool,” “set inductions!” As educators, we recognize the challenges, and we are doing something about it by creating awareness about information literacy. Stand and cheer. The web has sites for your sore eyes!

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