Posted tagged ‘CTER’

Moodles just keep getting better

September 21, 2008

This week I got worried about posting my annotated bibliography.  I was talking to Emily about it and we wondered if everyone would put the same resources since we are all looking for the same information.  I thought I better post mine early so it didn’t just look like I waited for Pam to post and then copy hers.  😉

As it turns out everyone came up with a wide variety of sources and now we all have this wonderful compilation of research opportunities for our paper.  I really dig this moodle thing.

I enjoyed Kate’s “Appreciative Inquiry: Using Personal Narratives for Initiating School Reform.”  We have a similar questionnaire for the students here and I wonder how we are using the information.  Michael’s article he found about social capital made me think about the way Steven Covey uses it in his 7 habits book.  I can’t say it’s the best way to look at it since it implies that it’s some thing you would use later.  I would rather think of it as something you would always build.   Of course Pam kept us all honest with her thorough and well though out reviews of her articles.  I wish I could see what her keyboard looks like.  I’m sure the “E” is completely rubbed off. 

I feel like I got a litter better picture of appreciative inquiry or at least a better idea of how it can or can not be implemented in the real world.

Starting EPSY 474 at University of Illinois

August 26, 2008

I’m starting my 3rd year at Central High School in Champaign IL.  Before that I taught a year in Rochester NY and a year in Tucson AZ. 

I’ve been lucky enough to get some grants to increase the technology used in class.  The thing that has had the most effect on my classroom is the response system.  I have a set of clickers from TurningPoint and I use them almost every day.

I don’t doubt that they are interesting enough to get students engaged in the class.  Regardless of good or bad reviews of the clickers I’ll always use them.  However, I would like to be able to take a more formal look at the influence they have on student behavior, motivation, and success in class.  I’m looking forward to this class.

Online Masters Degree

March 21, 2008

I am applying for a masters of education degree in Curriculum, Technology and Education Reform at the University of Illinois.  Aside from one meeting on campus the entire program is on-line.  I’ve taken classes on-line before and they have been great.  I’m looking forward to the program and I know that it will benefit me professionally and educationally. 

 I am a little worried that there is still a stigma attached to on-line degrees.  I don’t know for sure but I’m concerned that many people view on-line classes and on-line degrees as a “cop-out” or an easy way to a degree.  What is the perception right now?