Thursday, January 30, 2003

Greetings from Minneapolis.

This week I had the opportunity to work with educators in Minnetonka and Stewartville, MN while conducting Master's sessions on the SMART Board(TM) interactive whiteboard. Once again I've greatly enjoyed "interfacing" and working with these educators as we explored how to integrate technology and implement interactive whiteboard usage in the classroom.

On the academic front, I've found it very challenging to "stay connected" with classmates in CTL 1799 this week -- I've had some "connection issues" during this trip and have not been able to be as active with course work as I'd have liked. While on-line learning presents opportunities to stay connected from "anywhere" I'm finding -- as is often the case -- that "theory" and "practice" are two very different animals.

My group in CTL 1799 is attempting to come to terms with how we should best proceed in our efforts to explore "on-line communities" and how they work. Of course we are, by definition, an on-line community and I know that I'm struggling with how we as a group can work together and define and complete tasks. My experience with on-line education continues to give me "first-hand" experience of the challenges facing on-line students, and I hope this will ultimately make me a better "on-line educator."

As always, watch this space for updates.

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