Posted by: sherryvalenti | May 29, 2011

Is online always on target?

 Having been a student and a teacher in online classes, I have learned that the biggest factor for success is communication.  Tone, clarity and timeliness are all essential for both parties in online classes. From my perspective as a student, nothing was more frustrating than “not getting” the content or the instructor’s directions. Even more frustrating was the instructor “not getting” my frustrations or problems with the course.
Is communication even more important in online classes?  What are some pitfalls with online learning?
Posted by: sherryvalenti | May 27, 2011

Technology for Technology’s Sake

As much as I love technology, I am concerned that people are using technology for technology’s sake.  Although it can be a tool, I think some use it just as that.  For example, is a document camera just a glorified overhead projector?  I have seen it used this way often.  Also, I have seen teachers design lessons around a interactive whiteboard and the lesson just doesn’t seem natural.  Integrating technology so that it enhances, not drives, the lesson is difficult.
Another blog that discusses this issue brought up some valid points, that the technology should complement, not overpower the curriculum.

I love this quote from a study at RIT: “Technology does not improve poor teaching. It may, however, make good teaching better.”  ·

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