Tuesday, July 21, 2009

My ePortfolio - Jing Screen Capture

I omitted this on the last post - my Jing video capture of my ePortfolio Page.

My ePortfolio

I have created my ePortfolio for the last week of class. I hope you enjoy it.

My portfolio consists of the following:
  • My updated Teaching Philosophy
  • My EDU Blog
  • A News SLOA Wiki
  • Photo Gallery
  • Video Files
  • Podcasts (Audio files)
  • A Final Reflection
  • Videos

Thursday, July 16, 2009

My (Revised) Teaching Philosophy

My Teaching Philosophy – Take 2

My basic teaching philosophy has not changed - – “It’s about the students”! I will continue to try and seek ways to connect with students, and betting understanding their style of learning and interacting.

You know those 25-30 hours preparing for classes – well, I think because of this class it just doubled! My head is spinning on how to (better) use the technology of this class. I now that I will use podcasts for more than my classes – I’ll use is for committees too. I now know that there IS a better format – I CAN connect much more and much better – I CAN keep the courses relevant. I may NOT need a textbook at all!

Here’s my personal theory of education and educating:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically … intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”.

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

• Education is a Rewarding Profession (OK not in the $$)
You will be rewarded -- Every Day – Every Way

• It takes personal dedication to empower students to be life-long self-directed learners and to reinforce the creative use of imagination and self-expression.

• By creating an atmosphere of equality, openness, respect and trust to promote better performance, I can capitalize on a student’s strength and learning style.

• I can open minds and open doors – I really believe that sometimes learning begins in the parking lot!

• I value the potential and individuality of every student – I realize that I may touch not just one life... but the lives of students’ children and new generations.

• learning is not a guaranteed consequence of my teaching, and students may not all learn at the same pace – understanding sometimes comes later.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”.
~ William Butler Yeats

• I (still) live for the “AHA” moments!!

• Being an Educator is Lifelong... and, for me, has been Life Changing.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Syllabus Tips in Jing

Here's some info on YC's new student e-mail communication for Fall 2009. Faculty will need to know this information and be able to direct students for help. Please let me know your comments.

Syllabus Podcast - Week 7

Here's a podcast for this week - More tips on creating a Syllabus. Sometimes we forget the obvious - the right day / year / class location, etc. Also, we forget to concentrate on the 'dos' and not the 'don'ts', which puts our syllabus in a much more negative tone. I also like to put the institutional policies in my own words so students get a flavor of what my class might be like.

Hope you enjoy this podcast. Hey, let me know if you have some tips and I'll add them.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chris's First Video in YouTube

I guess I should take heed of actually looking at the camera next time. Jeez! I hope to have time to re-record. Always interesting to see yourself on video - seem to find all those little flaws....Well, for a first one done quickly, it's okay. Actually, I'm on vacation and don't have an iPhone, but wanted to keep up!

This video is for EDU-150A class - Syllabus Creation - for adjunct faculty. I actually need to create this for all sections. I like the fact that it's not 'formal', but could use some polishing, definitely!

Here's a link to the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osnOiwOADzo

Monday, June 29, 2009

Photosharing X 2

Photosharing x 2

The first way I could use photosharing would be in one of my computer applications classes – MS Word. Images of screens are already on my computer system. I would annotate them and upload them to Blackboard. Students could then move around the screen and the annotations would appear. This could be an introduction to the software application. This would be especially helpful for those students upgrading from Office 2003 to 2007, with the Ribbon replacing the standard and formatting toolbars.

A second way to use photosharing would be to have an assignment of various pictures previously uploaded to the class sight. Students would have to tell a story from the picture and then format the document using MS Word formatting tools. I would specify the parameters of the formatting. We would then upload them to the class blog/wiki and respond to other classmates. I would make sure that there were not too many photos because I would like to have more than one story from various photos.

I could also use photosharing to have students post ‘pictionographies’ as a week 1 ‘get-to-know-you’ assignment. They could choose an actual photograph of themselves or use a photo that tells something about them (i.e., their pets, activities, etc.)