Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blog Post # 13

     I think that Alex is a great resource for teachers. Alex has wonderful lesson plans to choose from and it is great that teachers can share their ideas and work with other teachers. Alex: The Alabama Learning Exchange and their Moto is: Quality for ever facet of learning.
     Alex is a place that educators can use to look up lesson plans and so much more such as databases and podcast. There is also a section titled "Course of Study" and "Personal Workspace" and these two help teachers in creating more efficient class time. Any new teacher will appreciate this web site.

     Access is the Alabama Connecting Classroom, Educators and Students Statewide.                            

Our Vision: The State of Alabama will provide equal access to high quality instruction to improve student achievement through distance learning.

     Access is to give each student the opportunity to take lessons that are not taught in the school in which they the student are attending. If a student wishes to learn another language access will connect them to a teacher that teaches that language. Access will provide any type of study through technology to be taught by a
teacher to the student. Access is only for high school students, but they should think about letting other grades have this opportunity for learning at an earlier age.




    Are you at the ABD destination in your program?

    There are two types of Ph.D. candidates that fall into this category:

    1) The "just arrived" and anxious to move forward.

    2) The "been there for awhile" and think they will never move forward.

    While both types might require help to move on, it is the latter that is likely to derive the most benefit from this article and become motivated to complete, perhaps, the most important event in their life.

    You are intelligent enough to have come this far, there is no reason (from an academic stand point) to linger in the "ABD Zone." The longer you are there, the more difficult it becomes to pick up the pieces and move forward.

    Many Ph.D. candidates seem to hit a brick wall and feel disarmed when called upon to work on the "methods" and "results" section of their dissertation. This is the point where many students diligently search for help calling on their mentor, peers, university assistance and even Google. This is also the time when the student may ask themselves the question "HOW MUCH HELP IS TOO MUCH"?

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  2. Cathy,
    I enjoyed learning about these two websites as well. ALEX is a great resource for educators today as well as future educators. The different tools it provides gives the teacher access to a lot of resources for her classroom such as lesson plans and ways in which she can manage her classroom. I did not know about this website prior to this assignment but I am very grateful I know about it now thanks to this course. ACCESS is great!! I love that it provides the students with ways to learn outside of the classroom on new information such as different languages. It's like an in addition to sort of learning area. I wish that it was offered for middle and elementary students as well. Great post!