Well, Here I am

I have been a teacher in Powhatan for 20 years. Education has definitely changed over time. I would like to acquire knowledge of teaching online to help students that may not be able to attend school physically. I like the idea of online education which allows students to interact with each other and collaborate on assignments. It would be nice as well to have students work together across the globe.  In my free time I like to read, write articles for an online business and babysit for River City Sitters. I have a daughter and step-daughter that are freshmen in college this year. My 22 year old son is on his own as an independent contractor building fences in RVA. My husband and I are learning to be empty nesters. My impressions of the chapter I read was that I am going to have to learn how to teach all over again for a different audience. I am however excited to learn how to do it. I am interested in testing out the connectivism theory that students can learn, synthesize and transmit the learned information back to others through the network. I already knew that many people learn a great deal of information through social networking. It is a great platform to gain attention and share information with others. Understanding and participating in social media is just a stepping stone to utilizing online learning. When I was studying for my teacher certification I was participating in distance learning at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. I was receiving cassette tapes by snail mail and listening to lectures by the professors. I would  read books that that were assigned, type papers and send them back to the professor. Thinking about using online for this type of learning sounds so much more convenient.  I have had a twitter account for a few years, but don’t really pay much attention to it. I did it as a way to keep up with what my children were posting. I wanted to make sure they were safe. I have had a blog for writing for about four months. I have have been hard-pressed to keep up with it. It is a goal which I still want to make a successful place to write for others. I do believe that these technologies are a great way to communicate in a learning environment because it is almost real-time. You don’t have to “be there”, but you “are there”.

Kim Wasosky Learning to Teach Online

Well, the title is not orginal, but I had to start somewhere. I am looking forward to learning how to teach using the online platform. I believe this will be a great learning experience that I hope will someday allow me to access education with those that cannot make it to the physical classroom. I am excited to learn about the best strategies and ideas to create a successful online course.

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