Friday, December 4, 2009

the end is near.

the end of the semester is close to an end. Although this final project is a week from done, my role for implementing this technology (the CLM model) is still far from being complete. this process will continue until the end of the year and into the next. i will continue to teach others to be better teachers by use of technology and i am sure that i will continue to encounter many who have little to no computer experience. This was not something i had planned on encountering. i figured everyone knew something about computer. but that's not so. I now realize i have to plan for these road blocks and come up with better ways to support these types of learners. i needed to plan that it will take the extra time. part of teaching one technology is also teaching how to use another. BLAHHH!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

the week before break!

so by this time i thought i would of been a little further along in getting this class through the units. at this time i have all 4 staff in the class thru the intro unit and one IA thru unit 1. This is the one class that has 2 naive computer users that make the process go much slower. i have had to sit down with both and give a lot more input and direction on how to navigate thru the unit. the coaching piece at the end is taking much more time as well and that doesn't always fly with the teacher to have 2 staff out when she is still trying to teach the class. i see that some participate really need to time to talk and need to give examples of what they have seen in the online unit and how it looks like the class. the next piece is help them implement what they learned with the kids in their class. video taping of them working with the kids comes in unit 3. this use of technology really gives an opportunity to self assess their own skills.

Friday, November 20, 2009

how is the project goin???

well im a little late in my blogs about my project but as of 2 weeks ago this is the hurdles i have incountered.
the a one major difficulty i came across in even getting this clm online course starting in these 3 classes is that the MCOE didn't want to buy the paper version of the course work, worksheet and binders that go along with the clm course of study. they expected me to go in a train without the handouts or to make the teachers and ia copy it themselves in using their own ink! AHH! like the teachers want to spent thier limited printing ink and paper on that!
well i spoke up! if you want me training and your telling my it's a priority then get the necessary supplies for me to do it! i stop trying to achieve my initial steps to get it up and running and 1 week later pooF!! the supplies have been order and will be here in a week.
money is tight! even for the basics. and yet even though MCOE has made the online training a priority they still hold back on the funds!! even when they ordered the curicullum they only ordered the copyrights to print it themselves. rather then have Tucci solutions copy and send it complete they wanted to do it themselves. Please!! just get it done! lets get it started!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

the naive learner

tuesday!! another day to coach, implement, and teach a learning methodology thru technology. today i spent the entire day working with two instructional assistant on the CLM(competent learning model) course of study online. of course we had many little bumps along the way, such as getting the key just to unlock the door the computer lab, login id problems, passwords, and mouse difficultly. (the 3rd one finally worked) on top of all that i got a chance to work with one VERY naive computer user. Twice i needed to show her how the take the highlight off those words and where the return button was!!! She had a really hard time navigating her way through the web pages and 3 hours later she got through the last 12 pages of the course work! WOOAHH! i was glad that was over with..... until next tuesday;) the second gentlemen got right on and complete 28 pages in 1hour 15 minutes. now thats better! i really hope this basic computer stuff will get firmed up by the end of this month. i think she will really need some more time on the computer then the 3 hours on tuesday when im there. i think if she get a little time over the 5 day work week she will get more comfortable and will feel more at ease!

Friday, October 16, 2009

so we are here in class trying to trouble shoot our blogging. the one thing i do know is how to blog on my own page! and apparently i've also been commenting to myself!!! lol! i wonder if any of my comments have made it to any of my classmates???? oops gotta go we are done here!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

computer virgin

today i got a little hands on lesson in the digital divide. you see, for my new job i am having to train 3 MCOE classes in Tucci Learning Solutions- Competent Learner Model. part of this is having instructional assistants participate in online units that involve reading text, watching videos, answer questions, saving information. Well today i went to get this one assistant on the computer and quickly realized this lady knew ZERO about computers! she was asking me how to turn the computer on? where was enter? how to scroll? and "Now where is my pointer??" Granted she was in her later sixties but she told me she had never been on the computer before. she has only seen her grand daughter play games on one. WOW! i needed to write out play by play steps just to get her to the website and logged in. For a moment there i actually felt like i was a pro at the computer!LOL
the whole experience really surprised me. i mean, you think everyone has had some access or experience with a computer by now. especially if you working in a classroom! but i guess not. i think this training process is going to be a long slow road!! i joked with her and told her by the end of the year we would have her banking and playing online poker from home!! HA-HA

where have you been techno???

Ahhh! ok i think i am finally getting a better understanding of how to do this blog stuff. i guess it would first be nice to get the 4 emails i have straight and which one to use for what. this whole time i have been viewing blogs and responding to some under a the wrong email address!!! no wonder i would never see what i had been blogging and it would always ask me to create a blog of my own!! i thought i already did that!so anyways im here now and hopefully i can now share my thoughts and comment as the true TECHNO! lol I guess now it just the challenge of finding the time to have non-disruptive computer time without my 18 month old and 5 year old wanting to get on my lap and help. its been tough getting back into the routine of work, school, getting homework done and juggling 2 small ones. i should of finished my masters back at Fresno state 12 years ago!!! technology has really come a long way since i was working on my BA. I was using a word processor and searching articles on data base NOT Internet. it seems that i am learning everything from the beginning. its the first for ilearn, getting articles thru the library, doing excel even that word doc. activity we did was a first. all this time the space bar was may friend. that was one activity i enjoyed and really learned something new that i will use later. thanks