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I love that Lamar has invested in using such a collaborative software as Adobe Connect. The ability to interact with classmates virtually has helped me know that I am not alone. I wish I had the ability to join during the live session, however; scheduling did not allow for that to happen. Regardless, the recorded version provided me with great insight regarding the progress of the course and also regarding program information for the Education Technology Leadership degree. This course allowed me to do what Presky (2005) suggested where he states, “all our students take advantage of these new tools and systems to educate themselves” (pg. 10).
Through using these tools, it reinforces how Web 2.0 tools can aid in collaboration. Any of the resources that were highlighted in this course have been old hat. However, there is always learning taking place. I learned how to add multiple audio and video tracks in Adobe Premiere Pro. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be working with other individuals who have a common goal: Implementing technology in education.
Prensky, M. (2005). Listen to the Natives. Educational Leadership , 10.
The weekly web conferences have afforded me the opportunity to understand in greater detail the assignment objectives. I only wish that I could attend the live session rather than watch the recorded version.This week I did attempt to begin the web conference with my iPhone. I was able to attend for the first few minutes while driving. Due to the spotty internet, I was disconnected from the session. With my work schedule I am unable to join at the start of the web conference. Luckily all of my questions have been answered through my peers during the live session.
This course has truly relied on information obtained in the weekly web conferences. In addition to the weekly web conference, I have enjoyed using Google+ Hangouts as our PSA group plans for week 3 – 5. The ability to see my group members virtually and discuss and collaborate together on a document is amazing!
During the web conference this week, several class members discussed the internship requirements for the Master’s degree. We also received answers to the process of taking the ILD, the LCE, and the TeXes examinations. I felt that this conference answered a lot pending questions. I am still concerned that I may be missing important information since there is not a central location to receive information. Everything has been either word of mouth or an electronic document. It would be nice if a central location was formed to get program information. I look forward to the next web conference.
This week in our Web Conference we discussed the Internship and Field-Based Experiences and Activities that would be on-going throughout the M. Ed Education Technology Leadership program. Several of my classmates had reservation that the assignment was so open ended. The fact that the assignment was open ended was actually my favorite part about the assignment. This way I am able to fit the internship into my current setting rather than have a lot of hoops and hurdles. I have participated in Internships where there were precise activities and procedures. Most of those internships made me feel like a robot.
I was glad to know that many of the feelings I had, several of my classmates shared. The web conference was a great therapy session and made me feel confident that I would be able to complete the required assignments. I learned that the Wiki should always be the point of reference for new documents pertaining to the Internship. This course has been a wonderful experience and the web conferences have been a great way to communicate virtually.
Over the past two weeks I have been reminded at how important classroom interaction is for student success. In order to achieve classroom interaction in an online setting, I am able to participate in a weekly Interactive Audio/Video Web Conference with fellow classmates and my instructor, Dr. Abshire. One of the greatest features of this type of interaction is the conference recording. After the conference has ended, a web link will be available for every student to access if desired. This allows us to revisit the text and voice chat discussion and a print out of our chat log. I find that Web Conference recording and chat room printouts are advantages I have over students who attend face to face classes.
The content of Week Two’s Web Conference included an overview of the M. Ed Educational Technology Leadership program at Lamar University. I learned that the Site Internship would be 100 intern hours with a capstone course taken at the end of the program. I also was reminded to start planning ahead because the Internship Plan will be due at the end of Week 5.
We all discovered that an online course requires a rigorous pace and time management skills. Many of my peers had some of the same questions as me. This gave me some assurance knowing that I was not alone. Through the advice of our Instructor, my classmates and I created a Facebook page where we could collaborate during the week.
Although the remaining Web Conferences are optional attendance, I find them to be a valuable asset to the class. One thing that Dr. Abshire mentioned during this past Web Conference was that I should use the voice option instead of the text chat option. I will need to work on jumping into the discussion via voice chat. Slowly I will feel comfortable discussing with audio and video. I am looking forward to next week.