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Tutor, Business Owner, Technology innovator

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Special Edition: Yes, Virginia, there is a St. Wiki

As you may be aware of my recent developments, I've been working earnestly in my business and in my education classes, as well as slowly developing my wiki.  What I am to do for my technology class, "Enhancing Online Environments" this week, is to make a special post here about Chapter 4 of Will Richardson's book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, 3rd edition.

I'm already sold on the concept, however I failed at promoting it to my students last year in my Intermediate Algebra class.  The only way I could sell it to them was make it extra credit, or specifically make a pass/fail assignment to add wiki content. I agree with Richardson that the shift of what's credible is already happening.  If you would like to follow him on twitter, he's an avid poster, which requires some time to sift all his comments!  His username is willrich45, so if you have an account on Twitter, be sure to add him!  His website is also fantastic so I recommend adding that to your RSS feed reader (e.g. http://reader.google.com).  But for my master's class, that's the next chapter!!  If you wish to follow me, I'm MrSheldahl (wanted MrShel but that's already taken...).

As to the game of communication, interaction, and representation (something I'm re-reading in Chapter 4 of Teaching and Learning at a Distance, Foundations of Distance Education, 4th Edition, I've done just about every form on the taxonomy of distance education for tutoring, from correspondence to two-way desktop (computer) audio/video.  Originally I achieved the latter by adding an account on Vyew which has all the tools of collaboration one could need, although I'm warming up more to Adobe Connect after working on an assignment with a colleague who uses it in her daily activities of online teaching.

I'm sure you have more than you wished to know, but now you know the rest of (my college) story.  However keep checking this blog, as I may update it with my colleague's blogs also:


Til I chalk again,

Mr. Shel

Thursday, February 10, 2011

No Excuses ... (The computer ate my homework).

I've neglected my post (literally and figuratively) by forgetting to put in my thoughts for this month.  After all, I've started Spring semester for my Ed. Tech degree, carting 4 kids around with a near full time job (which will be changing, because I'm still yearning to fill my schedule with tutoring coast to coast).  With that, my laptop acquires a virus impossible to eliminate with AntiVirus Software (don't worry Microsoft and Norton I won't tell anyone, hehe), and I haven't gotten the books I needed yet (but now do as of this writing).   My wonderful professor, Dr. G, has this policy about technology awareness...you have no excuses for not submitting your homework, even if Desire2Learn chews up your post and spits it back out as a non-published draft.

The point here I make, one which Will Richardson, Scott Mcleod, et al. bring up, is that we live in a digital world (at least surrounded by one).  Therefore, we need to develop habits of backing up, saving, filing, much like the habits (that were supposed to have developed) when working in the days of the "hard copy."  We need to develop the same habit with the digital world, as we did (or did we?) with the physical one.  It doesn't really boil down to technology, (in my book), it boils down to the timeless concept of organizational skills, which if left undeveloped, will leave you in the digital dust bowl.

'Til I chalk again,

Mr. Shel