Welcome Back from Spring Break :)
Welcome back from Spring Break! It was a long Monday back at school... almost forgot I was starting a new class after school. Believe it or not I am super excited about this class: Michigan Learns Online: Teaching & Learning Online Training (4 Weeks Online).
In this course educators will learn the skills necessary to teach and manage a 100% online or blended course. Educators will develop skills and explore the resources purchased by the grant that will allow aiding students in meeting the new MMC Online Experience requirement. Netiquette, issues of copyright and plagiarism, building online community, communicating effectively and management of student dynamics will be explored. Educators may request online courses available through the grant free of charge for their own use. Training fees paid through the MLO grant. This course meets the requirements for a teacher to use the Florida Virtual HS online courses in their own classroom. Please check with your REMC Center for additional training opportunities.
I am so interested to see how the online world of teaching and learning has changed since I finished my Master of Arts in Educational Technology back in 2005. This program through Michigan State University is absolutely fantastic! The professors are very talented and make the classes personal even though they are online. This program provided great preparation and insight to a variety of technologies to us in a classroom. The MAET program taught me how to listen to podcasts, create my first personal webpage, and use blogs.
At my current school I have been disppointed for years as I wait and wait for others around me to get on board with this technology stuff. I am unsure that many teachers realize how helpful technology can be for students, parents, and teachers. I do realize I am hoping for huge changes, however I firmly believe that great teaching and great learning needs great collaboration. This blog is only a few weeks old and I have already began to see the capabilities it gives me to connect and network with people all over. I am hoping the Michigan Learns Online class will provide me some ideas to "force" my students to learn a few new tech skills before June. I have a few ideas up my sleeve and plan to post them on here in future blogs... stay tuned :) .
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