Final Post-Ford

To answer the question if I’ve succeeded in creating an online opportunity for my students to interact with and gain knowledge, I would boldly say yes! Did I meet all of the criteria for this course?  I certainly attempted to.  My module may be lacking some of the components we’ve learned about but I believe my students will enjoy their journey through it with my assistance.  I have learned about many benefits and challenges of teaching online and through it all I kept searching to find the appropriateness of this method with six year olds.  The jury is still out but my eyes have been open to possibilities.  I honestly don’t know how to grade myself other than I’ve put forth good effort and put many hours into exploring and commenting on the objectives.  With this being an introductory course, I feel that I’ve earned an A or B!    Peace

Virtual Reality-Ford


I will totally go back and rewatch the video over break!  I am a huge people watcher and enjoy trying to get in their heads and this is a way to actually do it.  While watching it, I kept wondering how this could be utilized in the area of Autism, with those students who constantly have an automatic tape playing in their head.  Could it benefit them as a way to express what they know without interacting to our standards but to their own?!  I loved the idea of each student feeling that they hold the teacher’s undivided attention and of course they’d perform better.  I see the wonderful benefits of virtual tours, how cool to travel without leaving school.  One thing I can’t imagine is the time and energy that went into all of the studies shared on the video.  It seemed very exciting and daunting at the same time!!

Final Reflection- Ford

This course seemed so much more than an introduction to me!  I must admit though that I have always steered away from technology because for one it intimidates me and two, I didn’t realize just what was out there for my special needs population.   Initially this course did the same.  However, after being reassured by classmates and the professor, I dove in and gave it my best effort.  I have learned so much about virtual teaching and virtual learning.  I enjoyed the flow of the class and the strategies used for interacting with the materials and classmates.  It may have been more helpful for me to be linked with classmates that also worked with young students as it was difficult to relate to and comment on blogs dealing with high schoolers in specific subjects.  I did connect with others that were more matched with what I do midway through and it was helpful and easier to follow.   I did not use a few early sites that we joined such as Twitter and Feedly as I probably should have.  I think that the biggest change I’ll make is that I’ll be quicker to explore possibilities of technology that could potentially enhance the learning of my students.  My confidence is also much greater now that I can research, report, and utilize different avenues of technology with more assurance.  Thank you to everyone who supported me through and especially to our professor who demonstrated all the roles of a great on-line educator by encouraging me, providing viable feedback and always being available!  Peace

Final Status-Ford

I feel that my module is as  complete as it’s going to get!  Keep in mind that I have set it up to reteach and reiterate learned knowledge of goods and services for six year old, special ed. students.  I want my students to have conversations with me about what goods/services are and what the difference is between consumers/producers after interacting with this module over several days.   My thought is that I will, at that point, assign a grade to their understanding of the module’s information.   I definitely plan on using it with my students over several days to add to the teaching in the general ed. classroom.  I still appreciate any feedback or suggestions to improve on what I’ve designed!

MOOCs- Ford

MOOCS appear very different than what we’ve been learning about during this course.  They are an online avenue for learning but do not possess the same components as the online teaching methods we’ve been introduced to.  They are open to unlimited numbers of students and have very little to no teacher-student interaction.  I have learned that for a student to be successful in online learning there needs to be some interaction with a teacher and feedback is given to motivate and keep the student participating and engaged.  There is definitely more possibility for misinterpreted information in MOOCS due to the student to student interactions without feedback or input from a teacher.  I see a benefit of MOOCS being to gain knowledge without the financial cost or accountability. I am amazed at the percentages given in the readings of students dropping out prior to completing in the entire course!  It would be difficult to connect, I feel, in this style of learning.

It is difficult to say if MOOCS have a place in K12 online learning as I don’t want to discount anything that could potentially aid in the learning process of each student.  I don’t see them being utilized with the age and population of students I work with.  However, I think they could be structured in a way that high school students could review a topic, practice certain skills and then exit when they choose.

My module as it is could not be transformed into a MOOC.  It definitely requires close interaction between the teacher and the students and is a hybrid model.  However, it does have a component of review and practice that students can access over a period of time and engage with it as long as they desire.  Again my students are 5 and 6 year olds and need prompting/direction for most academic tasks they face.