Entries in montessori online education (13)

Wednesday
Jan212009

Your favorite classroom books!

Do you have favorite (reality) books for the Montessori classroom? Fiction or non-fiction...UMA would love to create a list to share. Please write in and let us know. Or contact: trudy@unitedmontessori.com.

Tuesday
Jan132009

Distance Learning con't. "More do's and don't's"

Here are some more helpful ideas to keep your distance learning meaningful and important!

*** Keep within the limits or outline of your work. If there are specific number of pages for each assignment, stick to that number. Going over or under may result in your assignment being placed on "the back burner". It says to the evaluator " I don't care for the parameters or rules of the program.
*** Keep the context by making sure the thread of your conversation or lesson is in the body of your email or document. This is very important! Here at UMA, we have, at times, had to return assignments to students not evaluated since they forgot to keep all the back and forth's in the lesson body. Without it, neither the student or the teacher can understand the flow of what was said or needs to be worked on.
*** Stay away from forwarding on messages. It is great to be part of a team in learning. But sometimes we may think our prof or evaluator would like to know what else is going on in our lives. Sometimes it is funny material, jokes, etc. As much as we may want to be chummy, it is not appropriate within an online classroom. Bottomline, it simply takes everyone involved away from the focus of learning. Keep those forwarded emails for close friends or family.

I hope these tips and ideas are helpful for your journey in Distance Learning!

Friday
Jan092009

Distance Learning Continued..., Your Work and Equipment

I aplogize to our online readers how I have dropped the ball on this one. Back in October ( see archives), I started this series and never finished it. So let's pick up where we left off. Today, I want to relate some key aspects to your online distance learning.

First, Look over your work.This is key for keeping your staying power online.
Second, ALWAYS check your work for grammatical and spelling errors. Most word processing programs can do both.
Third, follow whatever document formats and specs the instructor gives you. Which word processing program, font and font-size,etc. Make sure you check these out with your instructor. Usually they are posted and given to you in the introduction or some other place online. UMA spells them out in the welcome and introductions to the course work.

Fourth, have the right equipment. Know the minimum software and hardware requirements for your computer. Are there any specific programs you must have? Any online programs that are a part of the course work or in order for you and the instructor to stay in touch. Have one of the better anti-virus programs so that you are receiving or sending malicious viruses back and forth in your work. This can happen when uploading or downloading programs as well. PC's are more susceptible than are Apple/Mac computers but both can become infected.
Last but not least, check the speed of your internet connection. Some online courses only run properly with fast internet connections. If you need more details on your connection, check with your ISP (Internet Service Provider).

And if ever in doubt, your online course instructor or school should be able to help you out with any of these.

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