Category Archives: EdTech 522
This is my first semester in the EdTech program, and I am so excited to continue on this journey and learn even more than I already have. This course was especially enlightening to me because even though I have taken several online courses, I have never had the opportunity to teach one, and I have never felt as though I gained as much knowledge as I could have from them. This semester, however, all of that changed and I learned a vast amount of information from each of my online Ed Tech courses. Ed Tech 522 especially helped me to learn the methods of an effective online teacher, but I think that it will go a long ways in helping me to be a better online student as well.
While I gained knowledge from all of our projects, I think that my “favorite” project was the Moodle course development. It was a great project for a variety of reasons. I enjoyed getting to interact with another classmate to learn about him and what kind of lesson he would like. This gave me the opportunity to bring in the “community” aspect of online learning. I was also able to evaluate his strengths and learning style so that I could create a course that was customized for him. Additionally, I really enjoy curriculum development, so I enjoyed having the ability to create a lesson on Moodle, while getting to learn how to utilize Moodle as the effective teaching tool that it is.
I believe that the amount of knowledge that I am taking away from this semester in the Ed Tech program has gone a long ways in preparing me to be a better teacher. I now have at my disposal a wide variety of effective Web 2.0 tools, organizational methods, communication methods, as well as lesson plan development and delivery. I now understand how online learners learn the best as well as how to create lessons that are highly effective and utilize a variety of instructional methods.
Overall, my time has been well spent and I have the opportunity to continue to teach and to learn with a large number of highly effective resources.
As an aspiring online English teacher, I believe that the uses for chat as an educational tool are limitless. I thoroughly enjoyed using Elluminate and I believe that it would greatly enhance any online learning experience.
Elluminate would be an effective tool for lecture or discussion. It was easy to use, had an intuitive set up, and had a variety of features that allowed for an enhanced learning environment. As a lecture tool, it contains features like the chalkboard, where the teacher can draw and make notes for the class to see. I also liked the screen capture tool as it allows the teacher to easily and quickly bring in examples of what they are discussing. Additionally, the web tour tool could be useful when the teacher needs to take the students on a “tour” of a variety of places. The only drawback that I experienced with this tool was that it seemed cumbersome and caused my chat session to freeze. In the future, I would like to use video chat as a method for students to be able to actively participate in a classroom discussion. It would be a nice change from discussion boards.
As a student, this chat tool is effective and with the exception of the extremely distracting feedback that I heard, it was easy and enjoyable to use. I believe the feedback problem would be solved if all chat members were waring headphones, although I realize that this might not always be possible. I would like to use this tool for the next group project that I am a part of for my other classes, as I think that it would greatly enhance the effectiveness of our communication and help everyone to be able to be more equally involved.
Overall, I think that Elluminate is a highly effective tool for online teaching and learning. I can’t wait to have to the opportunity to implement it in my own learning environment someday.