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Long overdue. July 19, 2007

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So I know that I haven’t posted in a LONG while. Not to throw around excuses, but I have recently started a new job and along with my new house, contract work, personal time, and whatever else summer has brought along – it has left little time for following the industry and blogging. I hate that I have fallen out of the habit, but I know I will be back soon. I can see light at the end of the tunnel, but I’m just not there yet.

In a few weeks, I will be moving to work at home and that will free up more time for me. (no more commuting to the office, and I’ll be able to access my personal computer at times to follow up on the little tasks I used to do — work pc is so locked down!)

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been. Oh and to follow up on the Joost thing – the same problem I’ve had with Second Life has happened with Joost. My computer cannot handle either. So that’s why threes no review. I haven’t been able to use it. 😦 Also why I never speak of Second Life. I would love to upgrade the comp, but situations are not so favorable for that just yet. Christmas?? 🙂

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I got joost May 11, 2007

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Yay! I got an invite for joost. Post to follow on it.

It’s great to go back. April 24, 2007

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Last week I attended the CAC Conference at Bloomsburg University. Basically it is a chance for alumni of the program and those in the learning industry to get together, share ideas, support the students and program, and network. Since I have graduated from the program in 2004, I have been back to all but one CAC conference. I find it to be a great learning experience, a lot of fun, and I just love being able to contribute something back to such a great program.

This past CAC conference was no exception. I learned a lot from the CAC member presentations on Wednesday. Presenting myself for the first time at CAC was a good experience. It felt good to go back and have something to share. I hope to continue to do this.

Many great solutions to the RFP were presented by the students on Thursday. I always find this to be the greatest feat of the three days. With the program being a year long, and even though you have a semester or so of class before getting into this capstone course, applying the strategies and thinking creatively as a new learning professional is a challenge. I remember my experiences – and I am thankful for how I have continued to grow outside of the program in my working experiences. The presentations this semester were very well done, with a lot of great ideas and some great demonstrated instructional strategies. When I first experienced the student presentations as an attendee of the conference, I remember feeling so much for the presenting students. The longer I am out, the less I feel nervous for the students and the more I just appreciate the experience this grad program provides.

Needless to say, I brought back a lot of ideas to work. I hope to never stop going back to this conference. I feel like I learn just as much by going back as I did presenting. Life is a continual learning experience. Just because I have finished my degree doesn’t mean I stop learning…

Bummer April 24, 2007

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So it’s official. I did not get into Lehigh’s doctoral program for Learning Sciences and Technology. After countless days checking the mail, I finally emailed the program and got my response. Then the letter came in the mail yesterday (finally…).

So now I move on. I have decided to expand my search (problem is I was looking for something that was close so that I could fit it into my schedule). Maybe I can find something else. And then I can also try again next year. I can’t let go of my ambition. I have to admit it was a bummer when I first learned of this news, but I can’t let that get to me.

Keep movin on!

The Great Homework Debate March 28, 2007

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I was watching tv last night and a commercial came on for what was upcoming in the news at 11:00 pm. One of the stories had to do with homework. Someone was on tv talking about how homework is hurting our children. Although I did not see the actual news program, it got me thinking about homework.

For someone to go and say that all homework is bad seems very irresponsible to me. I think back to when I was in grade school, and although I do not believe that all homework helped me all that much, I could not have imagined making it through some subjects, such as math, without doing homework. It gave me a chance to practice what was just covered that day and reinforce the learning.

In a website I just found, Nancy Kalish writes about how homework is extremely harmful to a child’s desire to learn or read or such. She believes that there is no evidence that homework helps studenst. I just cannot believe that. I distinctly remember my experience with homework and know that for me its not true.

My papers and projects I worked on in school gave me the skills to produce papers and write documents in college and even now in my job. It was the foundation for future learning.

However, that does not mean that I dont think that in the schools today some teachers overdo it with homework. I definitely believe they do. Just as you must do things in moderation, homework is no different. Teachers must separate “busy work” from truly necessary reinforcing homework.

I also believe that for the most part, homework should be a reinforcement for learning. It cannot replace the teacher. Guidance by a teacher is still necessary. However, you cannot wipe homework out.

So I think that the people who argue to get rid of homework need to rethink their approach. Homework is not all bad. It depends on how homework is used in the scheme of learning. And I think the teachers need to rethink their approach to assigning homework. They must have an instructionally sound reason for doing so.

Still waiting… March 22, 2007

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For all who want to know, I have applied to the Teaching and Learning Sciences Ph.D. program at Lehigh University. This has been something I have been inspired to do for a while, but was not motivated enough to do it until now. It’s exciting (and scary, knowing all the work that could be ahead of me).

I inquired about when I will receive notice of whether I have been accepted to the program. I was told March 15th. March 15th has come and gone. I understand the process that goes on and the time it takes for that process, but every day I bite my nails in anticipation. Did I get in?

I never was a consistent mail checker..oh, not until about March 9th. Since then, I have checked the mail every day. Is today the lucky day?