Saturday, March 27, 2010

Joaquin Gustav RFL Benefit Concert


Joaquin Gustav RFL Benefit Concert Thursday
April 1, 18:00pmSLT at
http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Weald/213/36/24
This superb guitarist from Argentina plays jazz, popular and Latin tunes, and you will be thrilled to hear such magnificent musicianship! Join us at Club Eclipse for some amazing music!

Este FANTASTICO Guitarrista Argentino toca jazz, musica latina romantica y popular, al escucharlo estaran maravillados por su magnifica guitarra! Visitenos en Club Eclipse para una gran aventura musical! Joaquin Gustav!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

RFL Clothing Faire 2010 !

The RFLofSL Clothing Faire is going on right now! Don't miss this chance to be the best dressed avatar in Second Life AND donate to a worthy cause!!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Relay For Life of Second Life

RFLofSL

The Fun has begun! On Saturday, March 13 the kickoff ceremony was held, followed by many team kickoffs. Our team celebrated at Hope Gardens following the kickoff.
Then the Passionate Redhead Team held their Kickoff on March 15, 2010 6pm to 8pm SLT at Moments Jazz Club. Our own DJ Shockwave was spinning the tunes while participants came dressed as Disney Characters.

To donate online please go to This Donation Page
To donate usong your cellphone please Text RELAY to 20222
Complete terms and conditions can be found here: http://www.mobilegiving.org/T/Default.aspx
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Teaching and Learning Online

Teaching and Learning Online | $360.00
Tue: 03/16/2010
Instructor: Lisa Durff
Teaching and Learning Online | $360.00
Tue: 05/11/2010
Instructor: Lisa Durff
Teaching and Learning Online | $360.00
Tue: 07/13/2010
Instructor: Lisa Durff
Online courses, and the colleges, universities, and businesses that offer them, are continuing to rise steadily. This is due, in part, to the opportunity online education presents for global competition, an important topic in times of shrinking budgets. This can also be attributed to a new type of student and consumer who wants learning on his or her own time and schedule. Finally, this increase coincides with the growth of research supporting the notion that technology can help teachers teach and students learn.

Unfortunately, this increased interest in teaching and learning online does not necessarily mean teachers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach online. Many teachers have not taught online; most have never even taken a course online. Simply digitizing material does not work, as online education requires teachers to change from being content providers to content facilitators. For this to happen, teachers need scaffolding in creating, teaching and managing online courses.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

In this course, teachers will have an opportunity to explore teaching online through learning online. There will be opportunities to collaborate with your peers; however, work can be completed within your own time schedule. The subject matter in this course is delivered through online video presentations, online readings and research, interaction & feedback with the instructor, and collaborative activities with classmates. This course takes approximately 30 hours of work.

Course Competencies

1. Become familiar with research in teaching and learning online
2. Learn constructivist perspectives on learning
3. Understand strategies for teaching online
4. Research topic related content available online
5. Learn ideas for incorporating interaction and motivation
6. Gain expertise in tools used in the current learning management system (LMS).
Crossposted from: http://www.globalclassroom.us/moodle/course.php?id=4014 and I'm pretty sure all the credit for goes to Joe Thibault

Monday, March 8, 2010

Teaching for Tomorrow

Just read Teaching for Tomorrow by Ted McCain and then stumbled across a set of really elucidating graphics that Langwitches did after reading Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs. After a clarifying exchange with Jackie Gerstein on Twitter, a lightbulb went off. So here is my feeble attempt of illustrating McCain's 4D's of Problem Solving. Kudos to everyone else.

DefineCollect all the details needed to successfully complete the project
DesignCreate a plan to complete the project
DoActually do the project
DebriefEvaluate participant performance on the project

It's interesting that the most important step is the Debrief and it is the longest word. So much learning takes place during honestly assessing one's own performance on the project, talking about what went wrong, and what could have been done better. McCain emphasizes that learners cannot jump wholesale into this Problem Solving method. I plan to use a modification of the Debrief step with my 7th graders. McCain throws in many great ideas for authenticity that I wish I had done this year....sigh....



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