Hi! My name is Rachel Griffith and do not work in the sense of a “9-5” job. I am a mother of three young children ages 7,4, &3, I am the wife of a US Marine, I am a wardrobe stylist and recently decided to bridge that into photography business. I graduated from SDSU last Dec. with a Liberal Studies degree just in time for our family to move from San Diego to Joshua Tree. This was a very exciting time for me as I had waited years to be in the same city long enough to finish my bachelors. Here’s to hoping I’m around long enough to finish my masters!
I am a creative soul and I see everything as an inspiration. I often start projects which I fail to complete because it just takes too long and I interest. I am absolutely terrified of these online classes because I am far from organized and self-discipline is not my strong suit. I am the person that sits down to finish assignments at 8pm and I am up until 3am because I remembered that awesome picture I want to edit or that conceptual photo shoot I have to do that I need wardrobe for.
Up until this week my experience with e-learning has been limited to using blackboard as part of a traditional university setting. This is my first attempt at taking courses completely online.
I am taking this class because it is part of the Instructional Technology Program. I have chosen this program for a few reasons: 1. the world of technology has infiltrated our schools and I want to be a step ahead of my students 2. I didn’t see going into a credential program as an option with my current location in Joshua Tree or with my current family dynamic 3. I planned on getting my masters at some point and figured there was no reason to wait considering a Liberal Studies degree without a credential is like a high school diploma ;-).
I have sen first hand how technology is becoming part of the routine in the elementary classrooms. I want to be able to provide my students with the best possible use of technology without losing the interpersonal communication that I find so important. I feel that if I am knowledgeable about the technology that is available than I will be able to incorporate it into the classroom in a highly effective manner. I am excited for what this course has to offer and dive into the world of instructional technology.
Favorite Discussion Post
I did notice how your statistics contradicted those that I found on e-learningindustry.com, and I would assume it is biased considering it is a site that is supporting this specific learning technique. I also wonder how and where the research is gathered. I would like to believe there is going to be a transition period where the success rates are not extremely high because people are still getting used to the process. But, I believe this current generation of young children won’t have a second thought when it comes to e-learning, it will be second nature. Just like any other learning style there will be those that will be forced to adapt.
This post was a response to a classmates response to my original post. It is my favorite because as I was writing I began to ask my self many other questions about e-learning. If a teacher is not proficient will it be detrimental to his students? Will some students be “left behind” because it just isn’t their learning style? Will this lead to a more complicated class room as teachers will have to be hit so many learning styles? I believe the answer to these question could very easily be yes. But, if a teacher is educated then these technology based classrooms could open a world of possibilities that could be the answer to the struggle with learning styles. I have so much to learn and I am excited to gain the tools I need to bring technology into my future classrooms.
Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2009). Assessing the online learner: Resources and strategies for faculty (pp. 24-25). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.