My name is Jeff Puhala and I am an elementary music teacher for the Mount Union Area School District. I have instructed music to grades K-12 since 2000 and am also certified as a K-12 principal. I am currently completing my dissertation and will earn my Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum Leadership in the Spring of 2014. I am married and have one child. I hope to broaden my online teaching abilities and blended learning skills by completing this professional development experience…Continue
Added by Jeff Puhala on December 9, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments
Up to this point, the only assessment that I have used to close out my course was the final exam. I never gave it any thought. Now, I see the importance of closure. I have gotten some very good ideas from other posts, and I do plan to implement some of them into my online course. I really like the idea of allowing students to choose how they are evaluated for the course. it gave me the idea to create a presentation and or study group , at the end of…Continue
Added by Dr. La'Schavio Fuller-Harrison on December 9, 2013 at 2:12am — No Comments
You can usually tell when a student is disengaged by the lack of work they do and avoidance of looking at you in the classroom. I try to re-engage the student by offering personalized help and check to see how life is going at home and offering extra time if deemed necessary. Yes, these strategies would work in the online environment. Extra one-on-one time has helped students.
Added by Michelle Muehleisen on December 8, 2013 at 10:24pm — No Comments
What surprised me about the two teacher's schedule is being available all hours of the day or night. The routines were fairly similar. I have specific time that I meet with students, which is still more than I "have to do". It is from 8:00-4:00 every day, including my lunch time or prep.
My district hopes to offer a few courses for students in my building and some outside our building. We offer Rosetta Stone for our foreign language class already. I foresee my…Continue
Added by Michelle Muehleisen on December 8, 2013 at 8:19pm — No Comments
The aspect of ending the course of instruction provides an opportunity to share what has been learned by the learner and how the teacher can improve for the next group of learners. It is the final event that the community has to improve each other's learning - the learner and the teacher.
The first question I would pose is - Have I respected your learning sand do you feel confident as a learner?
The second question - What can I as a teacher improve so I can improve and…Continue
Added by Dan Burritt on December 6, 2013 at 2:59pm — No Comments
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 3, Lesson 3 Blog
One of my favorite activities to do with my Creative Writing students is to have them create a six-word memoir. To appeal to the multiple intelligences, I provide students with several written examples of six-word memoirs and videos of people reciting their six-word memoirs. I could also provide pictures of a creative project or collage someone made and/or…Continue
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 1:40pm — No Comments
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 3, Lesson 2 Blog
Visually impaired students could use screen reader technologies, which reads the text aloud for the student. They could also use Braille displays, which provide the information on the screen in raised dots for the student. Learning disabled students could benefit from screen reader technologies as well. Certainly these methods aren’t foolproof, and could…Continue
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 3, Lesson 1 Blog
I would certainly have students take Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Test as a means of gauging their learning styles. Students might also find this information valuable to themselves as well. Frankly, the test was rather enjoyable and could be for the students as well. I might use this as a potential icebreaker activity. Of course, there are other methods…Continue
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 1:38pm — No Comments
Andria Young ⁎, Chari Norgard 1
University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901, United States
Accepted 2 March 2006
Young and Norgard's findings did not surprise me. I chose this research because it came from the student perspective of online…Continue
Added by Dee Horsburgh on December 5, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments
For my high school classes I ask questions about my teaching style to all classes but hone in on a few areas specific to each class. The following might be two examples.
I prefer using a Likert scale in my evaluations. They provide more specific feedback easy to manage. I also like the open-ended nature of using a Likert scale. This encourages some reflection on the surveyee's part.
1. Rate how effectively the teacher's content delivery style met your needs?
Added by Dee Horsburgh on December 5, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments
The closure of a class is something I invest as much time in as I do in the first day. I try to pace myself so no one feels rushed to wrap up activities. This is key to successful closure. When students feel stressed by the pressing hands of time, or I do, experience tells me bad things happen. So, appropriate pacing is essential.
In my English courses I typically offer several options for final assessment:
1. Portfolio (technological, written work, art work etc)
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 2 Lesson 3 Blog
Each sample discussed the importance of using manners, respect, professionalism, and diplomacy in communication with the instructor and with other students. Considering that the online course is just that and not a social media website, I feel it is of the utmost importance for students to utilize each aspect of formality in their communications. Students…Continue
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 9:22am — No Comments
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 2 Lesson 2 Blog
For English, particularly when reading literature, I like having my students participate in discussion boards. Discussion boards, because they are brief and slightly less formal, can be less intimidating for students to respond, rather than through a blog or journal post. (Although, they do those as well.) Discussion boards give each student the opportunity…Continue
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 9:18am — No Comments
Jamie Dyer MOOC Module 2 Lesson 1 Blog
Two keys to success for teachers:
Two keys to success for students:
Added by Jamie Dyer on December 5, 2013 at 9:11am — No Comments
Technology has become an integral part of our world. Students often spend some portion of their day using some form of digital technology on the internet. Just as there are social expectations in face-to-face interactions, there are also individual digital responsibilities. These nine themes of digital citizenship are:
Added by Jared McConkey on December 4, 2013 at 3:20pm — No Comments
Text-to-Speech programs or talking word-processing programs are programs that read aloud whatever a student has written into the computer. There are options to hear word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence, or entire paragraphs or documents. Users can also adjust the speed of reading and the quality of voice. This program allows students to listen to what they have written and catch spelling and syntax errors.Continue
Do you already have a Chromebook or is your school looking to purchase Chromebooks? In a recent webinar, Tracy Colbert (BSN Learning Technologies Coordinator) and I discussed the usage of Chrombooks with the BSN curriculum and…Continue
Added by Chris Davis on December 4, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
By now you probably have heard the story of Sugata Mitra. If not watch his inspiring TED speech. He believes that information technology enables a new style of learning, and we should embrace it. Research is…Continue
For my two health classes that I teach online, I must admit that my assessment looks a lot like a traditional approach that I used in my face to face classroom 10 years ago (sigh). But that is why I am taking this class, right?! Some of the ideas that were shared this week about incorporating shared media, blogs, and wikis, interviews with people, are all very engaging with the material in the class. I am building my wiki now for both my classes. In many ways, online classes can offer…Continue
There are clearly advantages and disadvantages to every method of instruction. …Continue