9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 13, 2012 12:21 PM by Khorn RSS

Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.

cgasell Apprentice
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Welcome to the Online Learning group! Whether you teach online, are taking an online course or are simply interested in adding an online component to your face-to-face class, this group is for you! 

 

Please take a moment to join the group by selecting Join this Group under the Action widget on the right hand side of the screen.

 

Then, reply to this thread and introduce yourself to the group. We look forward to learning and sharing with you!

  • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
    Sharron Bills New User
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    I am a veteran educator who has left the classroom for central office. Now, however, I am looking forward to teaching or collaborating in an online environment. I am adding a master's in educational technology that will be finished this fall and will be seeking some type of position online, either in the public or private sector.

    • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
      cgasell Apprentice
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      Hi Sharron,

       

      I finished my master's in educational technology at Boise State in 2009. It was a great program and opened up many doors for me. After being an Integration Technology Coach in K-12 for several years, I recently moved into a position as an Academic Technology Coordinator at the University of Colorado - Denver with CU Online. We provide faculty support for all things related to digital teaching and learning. I hope to start teaching for the university in one of the online programs as well.


      Good luck finishing your degree.

       

      Crystal

      • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
        Jane Steele,MA New User
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        Hello to all on this list:  I am Jane Steele,MA and a new member of this group as well as Thinkfinity.  I have a Master's in History from NCCU and am also a certified teacher in grades 9-12 and also in grades K6.  Looking forward to getting to know all of you.  My interests besides US History are World,Ancient and Multicultural 18th Century History.  I have a cat named Felix who is the best and was a rescue cat given to me by my youngest brother.  I also have an older brother who is a computer programmer and a sister who is a software developer,three nieces,two special cousins who I consider nephews and a special cousin who just entered the third grade.  My mom was also a history teacher who started out teaching during WWII in a one room school house in rural Davie County,NC.  She was a native of Georgia.  My dad worked for Norfolk Southern railroad and owned his own business.  Together they were an unbeatable team but are both dead now.  I work as a Career Assistant for Joblink Career Services and babysit and tutor my two younger nieces.  Jane Steele.  PS: Any comments on the earthquake on the east coast?

  • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
    Jane Steele,MA New User
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    Hi. I am Jane Steele,MA.  After joining the Thinkfinity Community I just sadly found out that if you are not employed in a school system as a regular teacher you cannot receive credit for online webinars and courses.  I am trying to renew my teacher's certificate.  My degreee is in History and Social Studies.  Any suggestions? Would becomming accepted in a system as a substitute teacher qualify you for taking these online courses as renewal credit?  Contunuing ed courses are expensive and my current job does not pay me much?  Any help would be appreciated?  Thanks.

    • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
      Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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      Hi Jane,

      I see that you are in North Carolina.  I assume that you are saying the NC Department of Education will not give you licensing credit for courses unless you are a full-time teacher.  Have you checked with the state department to verify this requirement?  Can you contact them to see if substitute teaching would fulfill their guidelines for license renewal?

       

      I ask because I am in Virginia, your next-door neighbor, and I am a retired teacher.  I can take courses including online webinars that count toward my license renewal which is required every 5 years.  I just have to have a transcript or certificate showing that I have participated in professional development and submit the documentation along with additional paperwork provided by the Virginia Department of Education.  Virginia requires 180 points per renewal period.  A graduate course worth 3 credits equals 90 points.  Teachers with BA or BS degrees must take one graduate level course, but those with MA or MS degrees can re-certify in ways other than a required graduate course.  Unfortunately, I'm not certain how these requirements compare to those in North Carolina.

       

      Thinkfinity offers an online course Thinkfinity & Social Networking for Educators for one graduate credit available through the University of North Dakota.  Maybe NC would accept this credit.  It's possible that NC has some online courses available through their state website.  I know VA presently has 5 online courses running from October to January which are free to VA educators (including retirees) and will count toward license renewal.

       

      I hope you soon find ways to renew your certificate without much expense.

       

      Lynne

  • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
    Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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    I am a retired teacher and now work as a technology consultant.  I taught English, journalism, theatre arts, and public speaking during my career in secondary education.  Also, I worked as a technology specialist building school networks, maintaining computers, and training teachers to use educational software programs.  I was certified as an MYP and IB instructor in computer engineering.  I earned my MA degree in Curriculum and Instruction and served as the Advanced Communications and Networking Curriculum Planner for a new high school constructed in 2002. 

     

    Currently, I work as a Host for the Verizon Thinkfinity Community, facilitate online courses for the Virginia Department of Education, and teach computer workshops at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, VA.

     

    Lynne

  • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
    ken7608 New User
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    Hello, I'm Kathy Nichols.  I just made the switch from the classroom to online teaching.  Like Lynne Hoffman, I've taught English, theater and public speaking.  I'm now part of a pilot program called STAR School, a collaboration between LINC (a not for profit organization) and the Missouri Division of Youth Services to provide continuing education for court involved youth leaving a residential care facility, but who can not successfully return to their home school district.  We will be providing high school credit recovery, GED preparation, opportunities to obtain a Work Readiness Certificate, and ACT/SAT preparation.  Having never taught in a virtual environment, I'm so pleased to have found all of you and I look forward to collaborating with you.

     

    Kathy

    • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
      Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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      Hi Kathy,

      It's good to have you as a member of this group, especially as a fellow English teacher.  Your new job sounds challenging but very important in helping these youth obtain an education.  I recently completed an 8-week  course, "Facilitating and Implementing Online Professional Development," that is part of EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO).  Having already facilitated several online courses, it was interesting to take a course in online facilitating to learn what I was doing right and gain tips on how to improve my facilitation techniques.

       

      If you even have a chance to take this type of course, it can be very beneficial.  As you plan for virtual teaching, I'll be glad to share what I've learned if you need assistance.

       

      See you online in the Thinkfinity Community.

       

      Lynne

      • Re: Welcome to the Online Learning Group! Please Introduce Yourself.
        Khorn Novice
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        Good afternoon all:

        I have been in the classroom for about 45 years at this juncture, and that includes public, private K-12 environment, college and universities.  While I have concentrated on face-to-face instruction, I have had the good fortune  to spend  a few years teaching an Online course to educators emphasizing technology integration into their curriculum.  I currently am looking for new venues to teach Online and have committed to branching out in the Online platform at the college level this fall.  I look forward to learning from those of you who are masters in this field.

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