Connection Between Professor/ Student

November 30, 2008 at 1:52 am (Uncategorized)

I must agree that I have slacked a bit with blogging (however, for good reasons).  I am concentrating on my new blog and trying to get teachers involved.  I also noticed how we slacked off once Dr. Lowell began giving us freedom to explore.  I must be honest…I felt somewhat relieved (in a good sense).  I felt as if I had achieved a goal…I CAN DO THIS ON MY OWN!  At the beginning of this course, I thought this would be impossible.  I’m now telling/ teaching others how to use blogging for leisure and educational purposes.  I’m not technologically savvy at the moment, but I’m sure catching on.  I’ve learned so much in this class due to pressure.  Sometimes pressure is good, but it sure does feel good when the pressure is eased (especially when you’re 9 months pregnant).  This blogging experience has truly been one of kind.  I’m still here also, and working on my final project (which seems to be working out fine).  I’ve had several teachers to participate; however, I’m a little disappointed that I don’t have more involvement. That’s my goal for this week (getting more to participate). Feel free to check it out




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Project Update

November 21, 2008 at 12:46 am (Uncategorized)


I finally have the page in working progress.  I like the overall appearance and so far I’ve had some contributors.  Some are really busy right now but promised to take a look.  I really like this collaborative experience and feel this could be a huge hit for our school.

Pros- Great collaboration activity that can be a great resource tool

Cons- Can’t get teachers to collaborate (even though it is an easy workable site)


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Capstone Progress

November 13, 2008 at 1:43 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve started my final project and it’s well on its way.  However, I’m having some trouble with the design.  I would like to organize my comments based on each category. For example, I would like to have reading, writing, math…etc in order so that viewers can click on a specific area of interest. I’m not sure if that is possible. As of right now, it looks cluttered (and unorganized) to me.  I’ve spent two hours trying to figure it out…going to take a break.   Any suggestions are appreciated?  Feel free to check it out…see link below.


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Do Online Classes Differ From Tradtional Classes?

November 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm (Uncategorized)

Topic for Research~ Do Online Classes Differ From Traditional Classes?


Even though the two are completely different in terms of location and speed, they are similar in many ways.  Both have instructors, books, discussions, written assignments, and some quizzes and exams.  The only difference is the format of instruction and freedom of classroom location.  Research is being conducted on comparisons of both and the benefits and outcomes.  It seems both are productive; however, technology (online courses) does increase study skills and collaboration (verses those in the traditional setting).

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Value of Virtual Chats

November 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm (Uncategorized)

Virtual chats (as discussed by Kearsley) can provide most of the intellectual and social benefits of an actual meeting without the travel.  With my own experience, I like the convenience of virtual chats.  Many topics can be discussed at one time and from different perspectives.  It allows more opportunities to collaborate with others and times to discuss many topics of interest.  It also allows more flexible scheduling and conference time.  It is proven to be more convenient and in return more acceptable among those with very busy/ hectic schedules. 

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Kearsley’s Keypoints on Research

November 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm (Uncategorized)

Kearsley addresses one key point of research on school-level impact.  Statistics show that scores increase by implementing technology in schools.  Students will benefit by using technology within their classrooms (i.e. Co-Nect Project).  He also addressed how the impact depends on the type of school and students involved.  I also feel that is very important to school-level impact.  In areas of poverty, students may not benefit as much as those in more fortunate areas (due to lack of participation at home).  Not to say that it will have no impact…more like less impact. Technology also increases attention and study skills.  Technology provides students with visuals and hands on manipulatives to use in the classroom.  It allows them to be more creative with their learning.  

Kearsley also addresses class interaction.  He states that “collaboration is common for online courses, but it is difficult to assess student learning in context.”  That was very interesting and valid.  It is difficult to assess student learning online because so much information can be pulled from other resources.  As Dr. Lowell had stated previously, one can usually tell when something is genuine (once you’ve established a rapport with your students).   

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Final (Capstone) Project- REVISED

November 7, 2008 at 4:46 pm (Uncategorized)

I am going to create a school wide blog for my coworkers and I to collaborate and learn new ideas and website to enhance teaching in our classrooms.  The blog will be called “The Education Box.”  I’m going to email all teachers in our school and explain how the blog will work (address, password, etc).  I am then going to create an online newsletter for them to print for their records (with directions).  It is intended for teachers/ staff to collaborate and share ideas and strategies to use in the classroom.  Many times, I observe a teacher using a really neat website with his/ her students.  It would be nice to have a location (broken into categories/ content areas) where we could share ideas and sites.  Once the project is underway, I will be able to view the amount of participation (based on comments, feedback, and blog postings) to see if it is working.

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