This was my first CAE course, and if they are all as interesting as this one, it’s going to be a great couple of years.
I have spent most of my time in the last number of years working largely solo – given the nature of what I do. Last September I decided to shake things up and took a Holland College course. Which ultimately led me to this one. In the last 10 months I have meet more people and had more interesting conversations than I have in the last five years. I think now I got just socially lazy.
It has been extremely helpful to observe the teaching styles during the presentations. It has made me consider carefully how I would approach a classroom. But I had largely forgotten about the human factor quite frankly. Hearing your observations about the over-eager, the slackers, the timid ones, the aggressive ones etc. was an eye opener. (You get some good ones right?!) I was only looking at what I would be bringing into a classroom. Now I know I have to really look at what those students will be bringing to the experience, baggage and all.
Educational technology is certainly has a larger scope than I had anticipated. I knew about the big ones – like Power Point, Prezi and Google Docs – but it is the smaller, lesser know ones that have grabbed my attention. I love being a tech hero. That look on someone’s face when you’ve shown them something new or cool is awesome. I think Dave must feel like that a lot.