Problem with “Distance Learning” (Not “Distance Education”)

August 30, 2008 at 1:22 am (Uncategorized)

It’s amazing how education and learning (such similar terms in the education field) would be so different in terms of distance.  When referring to learning, it takes place within ones self (meaning no distance because it is single).  Education however is between two people where distance can appear.  So in terms of “Distance Learning” one can not have distance between their learning because no one controls your learning but you. 


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OLDaily- Effective Tool to Help You Memorize Verbatim Text

August 29, 2008 at 9:37 pm (Uncategorized)

After reading this post, it is a possibility that some may say “If it were only this simple.”  Richard Nantel and Brandon Hall have researched a simple tool to help anyone memorize verbatim text.  The tool is based on research of the brain found at I could see how this research could help many with learning barriers.  Processing information and passing it on to the long term memory seems like a challenge for many (like myself).  I can’t remember squat!  I try to remember songs for church, problem solving methods for exams, and much more and still seem to fail.  According to the research, one must make the brain practice recall.  It would greatly benefit the memory if one coud read the text, copy the text by hand, read through text and create short outline, and then have someone read it to you.  I can see how this would benefit someone memorizing text.  I have always heard in the past it is important to read items 3 times for memory.  I also teach this technique in the classroom.  Any thoughts on this article.  It was very interesting and I will use those simple steps in the future.

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Revised/ Revised Distance Learning

August 29, 2008 at 1:07 am (Uncategorized)

After a long discussion about distance learning, I now understand the whole reasoning for questioning distance learning.  Everyone is distant in learning because they are facing situations in different terms.  So one can not say distance learning would be a legitimate term because the two contradict themselves.  You can not have a legal murderer.  If it is legal…it wouldn’t be considered murder.  In those same terms you can’t have distance learning because they contradict themselves.  You always have distance in learning because that is the reason for learning.  So in order to give a definition of distance learning…would be hard to do.  In my last revised post, I did not quite understand the realm of distance learning.  I finally made it to the end of the tunnel.  Hope you can understand the post.  My brain types much faster than my fingers:-).

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Revised…Distance Learning

August 28, 2008 at 12:25 am (Uncategorized)

After reading my classmates’ posts and our chat from Monday night, I understand how distance learning can go beyond the location of an educational experience.  I noticed many of us placed location at the top of our list for distance learning.  I must say, I did not understand this reasoning at the beginning of the discussion.  I didn’t see how distance learning could be considered distance between two people.  Obviously two people, taking the same course, have the same objectives in mind…but do they really have the same???  I must ask myself this question…are they going to approach those objectives in the same form or fashion?  Probably not…  After reading on and understanding Dr. Lowell’s reasoning, I see how the distance (and life experiences) of two different people would be considered distance learning between the two (which require bridging the gaps for those learners using different assessment tools).  This in my terms seems similar to meeting the multiple learning styles in the classroom (but still striving for the same goal).  If I am way off please let me know.  Just my mind rambling on… 

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Week One Technology Flood

August 28, 2008 at 12:16 am (Uncategorized)

I must admit, I was a bit overwhelmed.  When I saw the assignments I thought…I will never make it through the course.  However, I’m now past week one and on my way to an entire different realm of learning.  I am very excited about the different forms of technology that we’re using to bridge the gap between all the distance learners:-)  The only true problem I had was trying to find a time to attend the tips and tricks tour.  It seemed I had important prior arrangements during each offering.  I finally found a time that worked and learned so much.  At the beginning of last week, I had never heard of a blog, gator, and a little about information about an IM.  I now feel like a pro…yet I know I’m not.  I’m looking forward to the weeks to come.

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WEEK 1 Reflection

August 25, 2008 at 4:00 pm (Uncategorized)

I survived week one! Not with a 10 but I’m satisfied.  One can only do what is within their ability. I enjoyed the tour of tips and tricks and learning how to create a blog.  I am now on my way to create a classroom blog for my parents this year.  I seem to answer the same questions over and over.  This would help eliminate some of the questions.  Even though this class is fast paced and learning through exploration, one must admit that the depth of knowledge gained is amazing.  I can only speak for myself when I state that I was very impressed with my learning this week.  I didn’t know I could take in so much information in such a short time.  WOW!  Have a great week!

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Tapped In

August 23, 2008 at 2:44 am (Uncategorized)

I am not familiar with Tapped In; however, it seems to be a great way to communicate with others.  After exploring my options  and experimenting with tabs I figured out some simple navigation tasks.  I would like to make my office more appealing to the eye; however, that is a work in progress.  So far I’m interested and engaged…couldn’t ask for more.


Sunday- I attended the tips and tricks tour and learned so much.  It is amazing how you can chat and tour the campus at the same time.  I also learned how to update my office and am in the process of working on my office.  I plan to attend some of the conferences in order to better my teaching techniques.  I look forward to communication through the use of tapped in.  I didn’t have a chance to attend the earlier sessions due to prior obligations/ appointments (determining the sex of my unborn child on Tuesday/ church on Saturday) .  It was extremely helpful and Dianne was a great resource.

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Distance Education

August 18, 2008 at 11:48 pm (Uncategorized)

Distance Education is the ability to learn and be educated in a location other than the norm.  It offers more flexibilty and allows learner to be more adapted to their learning environment.

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August 18, 2008 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized)

Hello my name is Diana Jackson.  I am a second grade teacher.  This is my first blog and I’m a bit overwhelmed.  I’m taking the advice of the master…I will survive.   I am looking forward to learning how to use blogs in my classroom.  I feel this could be a useful collaboration tool for parents/ teachers (and book studies).  Feel free to introduce yourself.

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Hello world!

August 18, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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