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Blog Reflection Post #2 June 26, 2011

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So far, in this course, I’ve been able to visualize my own curriculum and units in a different way.  Originally, I thought it would not be too difficult for me to create this e-learning unit.  Yet, I’ve discovered the way I teach in the classroom and the way to teach online are quite different.  Now, this would be very simple for someone to realize—but when I was in the actual action of creating coursework for students, the coursework took on a new meaning.

 

Adapting my current lessons and projects to online material was a new skill I learned throughout this course.  This encouraged me to open up more to web 2.0 tools to help engage my students.  Normally, in a classroom setting I can engage my students by merely being in face to face conversation.  Yet, I have found student personality can be expressed through tools like prezi, strip generator, and various google docs.  I hope to use these now in my actual classroom to see even more of my students skills.

 

This past week at the Feast I was re-introduced to Prezi—which I had struggled with a couple years ago with Dr. T.  The instructors talked it up, I decided to get beyond my original woes and try again.  Well, I did struggle a couple times—but I made it work! It was very exciting and I was very proud of my final product!  I hope to both use it in my classroom and encourage my students to use it as well—especially because it is very free!  I’ve also continued to become more familiar with google docs & forms—I look forward to making more use out of these as well.   I don’t think I will forget what I have learned from Prezi—mostly because Prezi and I started off on the wrong foot at first!

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Worth your time… June 16, 2011

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This is worth your time…

 

 

‎”It is our failure to become our perceived ideal, that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It is not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, Your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.”

 

Blog Reflection June 13, 2011

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So far, in this course I have struggled to visualize the final product/project.   I understand we are creating the elements to our course management system each week, yet I have been struggling to see how it all fits together. I have felt knowledgeable and very comfortable so far in all that we have created—I feel like I can embed a scribd file in my sleep !

I have become much more comfortable using tools that I have been introduced to before (google docs, scribd, wikipaces, wordpress).  And with comfort then comes willingness to try new things and creating things much quicker! Using Yodio was also new for me—which provided some struggles along the way.  Before this course, I knew a few different ways to record voice for podcasts.  I did want to learn new ways to record voice for podcasts.  What I have learned through web 2.0 tools is that I am reasonably skilled at creating using tech tools.  Yet, I find myself butting heads with these tools because there are certain elements I want to add or adjust out of my own desire for aesthetics, design, and basic stubbornness.  I don’t want to sound too prideful here, but I think a lot of these tools almost “simplify” too much of their procedures that I cannot customize as I’d see fit.

This course has simply taught me to become more of an expert of using certain web tools.  I am now more prepared to use these items and teach others how to use them.  Secondly,  I’ve learned how I must focus on each small part (course elements, tasks, etc) before diving into the big picture (the actual course management system).  I like to really grasp the big picture before I can understand the smaller elements—this course has taught me to start small and work myself up to the bigger picture!