Thursday, June 21, 2012

EDLD 5363 Web Conference June 18, 2012

This was my third full web conference.  I logged in on Sunday 6/17 while I was out of town in a hotel and after about 20 minutes I was knocked off the conference and could not get back in.  I figured that this was due to hotel bandwidth.   I had many questions over the assignments for week three so I logged back in on Monday, 6/18.  This was an extremely beneficial and I was so glad I chose to login that night!  There were many questions answered not only by Dr. Abernathy but students as well.  I felt like we all worked as a collaborative group.  Questions were answered over our group project as well as future courses and our internship.  I took the first class several years ago and then had to stop due to health issues with my mother.  After starting back last fall I realized things had changed in the first class from when I took it and I have some catching up to do.  I still have questions that I will talk to Dr. Abernathy about but felt a relief when she told us we had a class in the middle that was kind of a catch up time for internship and our Action Research project.  That information made my day!  One of my group members also attended the web conference that night and we had a side chat going on during the conference about things that pertained to our group.  This web conference was the most beneficial conference that I have attended. 

EDLD 5363 Web Confernce June 10, 2012

This was my second web conference and there were fewer participants than in the first.  It is nice that I recognize names and can now put faces with the names.  I am get frustrated with this course because it seems like the assignments are broken down into several parts but yet at the same time are repetitive. I am still unclear as to why we have multiple assignments to turn in through epic when it seems like it could all be put on one page.  This is what I mean by repetitive.  I feel like I copy and paste the same thing over for several assignments.   When I asked a question in the web conference for some clarification the response I received was “read your assignment it is right there”.  That really frustrated me because I had read the assignment and still had a question and my question was not answered.  I wonder if it was expected that another class participant might answer the question for me.  I’m not sure, but I left this conference frustrated and feeling like it was not a valuable use of my time.  I have had a lot of communication with one of my group members and the two of us have figured things out and answered each other’s questions.  I know this is practice for being a leader facilitating learning.  I am finding classmates to be more than willing to help and answer questions as we figure things out together.  The assignments have not been too difficult and I enjoy them.  The directions in the assignments in this class seem to be not as clear as in other classes and it is frustrating when you cannot get a direct answer for clarification. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

EDLD 5363 : Week 1 Reflection

Coming up with a subject was the easiest thing for me. I chose something I was passionate about…my family. Family is very important to me and stand beside each other no matter the circumstance. This was a passionate subject however pulled at many emotions that I had not visited in several years. My daughter was born with congenital heart disease and has four open heart surgeries. I’ve always known she is my “miracle child” and when I emotionally travel back in time to her birth I have a flood of emotions remembering the roller coaster ride. I never overlook my son who is also amazing. He is a complete opposite of me and can make me laugh when I am furious with him about something. I was not taught how to follow my own dreams and that is something I want my children to do.

I used Photo Story 3 to create my digital story. This is a program that I had used before but it had been many years ago. I use animoto quite often and as suggested used something I was less familiar with. The planning was not difficult for me because I help teachers use similar programs in the classroom. As well, I help students do a storyboard and write scripts. However writing the script and keeping it short enough was my greatest challenge. I realized every single word had to count. I still feel like I did not give my children all the praise that I would have enjoyed sharing with the world but this is just a snapshot of how special they are to me.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

"My Story" Digital Photo Story Week 1 Assignment EDLD 5363


EDLD 5363 Web Conference on June 4, 2012

I attended my first web conference for EDLD 5363 on the first day of class, June 4.  I was rushed to get home from school and get online but was very glad I did.  Dr. Abernathy had worked hard to make sure every assignment document and links were correct.  After many of us brought up the fact that our assignment documents that we had downloaded that day from epic were marked June 2009 and June 2011, Dr. Abernathy realized there had been a glitch somewhere beyond her control.  We each gave her our personal email addresses and she quickly emailed us the correct documents that night.  As with every web conference I have participated in there are technical difficulties but patience always prevails and value from meeting with the professor and fellow classmates is beneficial.