I teach online using Moodle and Elluminate. You didn't mention what platform your school was going to use. If either of the ones that I use will be what you are exploring, I can pass along some helpful tips.
Your profile is set to private. You are new; I understand the tendency to be cautious. It is a great group here though. I think you will find that abuses are very rare and when they do occur it is usually spammers that entered the network for that purpose. Steve and the network helpers here do a great job of catching and kicking spammers off as soon as they are detected. Most people seeing your post here in introductions will answer you on your member page so the introduction thread stays on topic of intros. :0)
I have been a member of classroom 20 for awhile, but do not remember if I have actually introduced myself. I stay busy and I don't visit this network as much as I would like to. I teach technical education in Kansas. Any other technical educators out there?
There is a lot of great resources on this network. Great Place!
Hi, I am a hapless newbie in this area (indeed to teaching as a whole). I only graduated 2.5 years ago and are currently teaching special ed students in an Australian high school.
I can see the potential for nings as a socialising outlet for my otherwise isolated students. I am planning to start our own ning for students with disabilities. I don't know if I will have much to contribute to the site, but I hope to lap up all your expertise.
I am also looking for basic 2.0 numeracy sites and other sites where we may exchange work and information with other students and basically expand the students' digital literacy. (Have been shown Museum Box).
Anne Reed...Resource Teacher for the Gifted at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA. I am very interested in differentiated instructional strategies for all students but most interested in supporting students with special talents in math, science, social studies, English, music, and visual arts. I have been teaching for a long time :-)
Hello: Having just watched an interesting video about social media webinars at: http://larc.sdsu.edu/socialmedia/ - I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a rather newbie at a Masters in Adult Education; focusing on Adult Second Language Acquisition. I hope to learn to speak/read/write Italian and in the process document the on-line effort. I'm very much Canadian and live in the East; so far - we haven't had snow!
Hi, my name is Lindsey Celeste and I am currently attending St. John Fisher College and studying to be a childhood and special education teacher. I joined this network for a class and to get some ideas of what new technologies there are out there that can be used in the classroom and some of the activities that can be done with these technologies. So, if anyone has any input I would really appreciate it!!
Mike Zimmer. I used to teach Social Studies, but now I am a Technology Integration Specialist working at my high school and two middle schools that feed to my high school. To increase communication with teachers I created a Blog for them. You all are welcome to visit and share your insights and ideas.
My name is Rachel Galdamez and I teach Spanish and Spanish for Native Speakers at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, California. It is definitely a challenge at times but rewarding as I'm sure you all know. I just went to the ACTFL Conference and am trying to connect with other professionals.
I would love to hear what textbooks people like for Spanish FL at the high school level and any methodology suggestions for Spanish for Native Speakers.
HI Steve: got this site from Dr. Devoogd from Cal State Fresno. I have a Master's in Careers and have finished the first year of a teacher's credential program at Fresno. I am currently working at Daegu English Village outside of Daegu, South Korea. Although we primarily teach elementary school age children; there is going to be a push here to teach the teachers of the Korean students. They (and we) struggle with teaching conversation. I am signed on to get help with that and I will probably also be making referrals of this site to the teachers as many of them are somewhat geographically isolated. Thanks, Courtney Webb
Hi everyone. My name is Usman. I am a 24 year old British Asian. I was born in Bradford, England, only lived there as a toddler for 5 years. I then moved to Dundee, Scotland and am still enjoying this more calmer and peaceful part of UK. ; )
In 2007 I graduated from University of Abertay Dundee with a honours degree in BSc Multimedia Development. When studying this field there many areas to explore, however I was more fond of the multimedia/e-learning aspcet of the course/field. As a result i did my honours dissertation in this field.
In Sept 2009 i finally found the exact postgraduate course i was looking for - since then i am currently studying at Edinburgh Napier University - MSc E-Learning Design and Development. Within this course i had the pleasure of experiencing fully online learning (2 modules) and blended learning (1 module).
I am now in the last part of my course -focussing my research project on supporting international students. For this project I'm developing a Ning network named SPICEonline (Students Pre-arrival Induction for Continuing Education). This contains induction activities for Indian students who will be coming to Edinburgh next year to study postgraduate. The activities cover differences in education system of Indian and UK. Activities contain interactive quizzes, discussions and blogs. One of the major features of this short induction course is the 'Student Voice'. This contains audio clips experienced Indian students who have already studied at Edinburgh. The audio clips contain these experienced students explaining their experiences of studying in the UK. This will very useful for the new students.
With the Student Voice and other activities where they have to read and write, many skills are encouraged including English language skills. They have time to construct sentences and with the audio they can also hear and understand various English accents.
I would love to go on and explain my favourite task, but will save this for later. After all this is an introduction thread lol. : )
I'm Brent, a science and computer applications teacher in Chicago area. I have loved technology all my life. First use of a computer was 1969--the IBM 360 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana. Loved Computer Science 101. Got hooked on personal computers in 1981 with loaner computers from an affluent school where I worked TRS-80 and Apple II. Trained many business users to use IBM-PCs in 1982 Lotus 123 was the rage. I couldn't afford one. $5000 for system unit with 2 SSSD floppy drives. $5000 more for 5MB hard disk unit--same size as system unit! Anyway I have had lots of experience as a teacher and computer user. I'm very happy to see technology FINALLY assisting education. It has been a LONG wait for me. Plato system, Apple II, CD-ROM ed software, simulations. Finally user constructed software content. Still a ways to go but the light is really getting brighter at the tunnel's end. :D