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Program Goal: Connect with other teachers in order, through self-reflection, to better understand myself and my practice.

  • Part of __  __’s autobiography resonated particularly strongly with me, and we discussed it on Friday, the notion of  being frustrated with my/our impatience, the students being frustrated with my/our impatience, and the sense this might have been less so when we were just starting out.   A few times in my career I have made it a personal goal to not get angry with the students.  The years after I consciously make that decision are inevitably years when I feel much less frustrated.  Not, I think, because much else has changed beyond my remembering how important, how necessary, it is for me to be patient.

Listening to some people talk about avoiding some technologies because of the potential they have to exclude some students, or be abused by some students,  helped me to clarify how I felt about each issue.

  • In the case of exclusion, I think I am (we are)  in the business of providing opportunities, not of limiting them.  Rather than avoiding a technology some students might not have equal access to, I think it is more important to focus on how we can provide better access. 
  • Rather than avoid a technology with the potential for abuse, I think it is more important to teach (and then expect, with concomittant consequences established)  responsible use.
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by Russell MacMath - Sunday, 8 July 2007, 9:12 PM
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Program Goal: Situate myself as a learner, identify my relevant philosophies, and determine if this is reflected in my practice.

  • I need to practice in order to learn, I am  much more engaged if I have an opportunity to create, and I learn best when I choose.
  • The plans I have for my students this year involve using particular technologies for similar activities at least twice each.
  • The plans I have for staff this year are based around their seeing technology in action which they can opt into, or not, to varying degrees.
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by Elizabeth Wallace - Friday, 8 June 2007, 11:54 AM
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A radical approach to teaching and learning that values our different ways of knowing and celebrates the exchange
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by Jonathan Konrad - Saturday, 5 May 2007, 8:33 AM
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Thanks for coming to the Moodle Moot. I appreciated your presentation. I hope to implement some of the tools you mentioned, like marginalia. Also, as time permits, I\'d love to drop in here and contribute. Thanks again,

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by James McConville - Tuesday, 6 March 2007, 12:38 PM
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Going to Google? - not so fastEdit
This week google updated their suite of office tools.  Well, actually the further integrated the tools they already had into a better package.  They now have a premier edition aimed at small business which is the package of tools that all technology enabled companies need to be efficient.  These are: docs and spreadsheets, gmail, google talk, google calendar and more.
Part of me if very interested in this development.  It is almost like cheering for the underdog to see if there is actually an alternative to MS Office but then again Google is anything but a small, altruistic company out to help the small business owner.  Their keyword scanning of my private emails and targeted advertising is enough to cause me to pause.
Maybe I\'m just too Canadian and privacy is overblown?
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by James McConville - Tuesday, 6 March 2007, 12:37 PM
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Transformative LearningEdit
This weekend I went to a keynote by Bruce Beairsto (superintendent in Richmond) on transformative learning. The talk really rang true for what we are doing in Coquitlam which is to transform work AND learning.

He provided us with the steps to enable transformation, These are to create an environment which is:

  • Safe
  • Supported
  • Engaging
  • Relevant
  • Focused on Learning

The definition of transformative learnign from Wikipedia is:

a process of getting beyond gaining factual knowledge alone to instead become changed by what one learns in some meaningful way. It involves questioning assumptions, beliefs and values, and considering multiple points of view, [1] while always seeking to verify reasoning.

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by Darren Cannell - Friday, 23 February 2007, 6:53 PM
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Check out the following blog:

Teaching and Developing Online
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To get a sense of who I am and my thoughts regarding learning, teaching, and computing, visit my weblog here.
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by claire ozel - Thursday, 30 November 2006, 1:06 AM
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I\'m Claire Ozel, from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara Turkey.  I have been looking for many years for ways to support disabled students at university level: for 9 years just working with disabled students, then 2 years ago I was appointed Disability Support Coordinator at METU. 

A lot of material is available in countries like Britain, Canada and the States. But this is often technological, or is based on legislation,  infrastructure or cultural ways that we don\'t have.  I\'d be interested in knowing what is happening elsewhere. A visit to Iran revealed two very easily solutions; but senior administrators need to be convinced for changes to be implemented. 

What is happening in India, Mexico, Egypt, Brasil, Kenya, Romania, Indonesia,....?

What about an online seminar to bring together anyone in countries where disability support at universities is just starting, at the \'toddler\' stage?

Here we have legislation, and a directive requiring all universities to establish a coordination unit.  In the rush to do so, without understanding or knowledge of models of disability, some universities are appointing  an orthopedist or a psychiatrist. 

We need examples of good practice, and explanations: \'why this works, why this was done.  This should be in quite easy English, so that people who are not native speakers can understand.  In every country there are a few people who have 1.enough English 2. access to internet ... so can these be gathered, to spread the word beyond current limits.

We need to create a body of information for \'University Disability Support\' in the non-Anglo world: this will provide strength to any lone individuals in most parts of the word!

Best wishes,

Claire Ozel                                                                 30.11.2006 Ankara,TR