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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Introduction to EME 5207 community

For those who already know me from EME 5405, not much has changed in the last couple of weeks, so my posting is repetitive to that of January, except for the addition of "experience with curriculum" which is that I have had experience being on curriculum committees at the college level, developing curriculum content for a 9th grade Career Research and Decision Making class (based on State standards, of course, but no textbook), and designing content for EME 2040. I have also been involved with inter-disciplinary curriculum writing teams (high school level) with an emphasis on technology integration and/or career focus.

I am delighted to once again be participating in an Educational Technology online course (completed four, so far!) through UF!! I look forward to interactions and learnings that will provide continual challenges in my ongoing journey of life...

Unlike many (probably even most) of my classmates in this course, I am "old" (at least in chronological years)...I have been in the business of education for almost 30 years. My experience ranges from teaching to counseling to administraiton with a variety of ages/levels: 9th grade through adult (both basic education and graduate teaching). I currently work full-time (not in the classroom) for Collier County School District in Naples, FL at our post-secondary technical center, which will offer a on-site high school with a career education emphasis, beginning next year. I also usually teach EME 2040, Intro to Educ Tech at our community college, but not doing so this semester.

I earned a doctorate in Educational Administration nearly 20 years ago and have continued to learn via formal or informal education settings since - the epitome of lifelong learning - it works for me! My master's was in Guidance and Counseling and my bachelor's in Psychology, so teaching is something I added on with certifications.

Using as much technology as I can on a daily basis, I consider it a necessary and vital tool - how did we live without it! I am always interested to learn more, but time is often an obstacle. Thus, this class, I hope, will help me to focus on pursuing additional educational technology integration and applications. Focusing on the curriculum design with technology infusion will be a great foundation for me as I work with teachers and students alike.

Between work and classes, there's not much time for other priorities, but I do volunteer at our Neighborhood Health Clinic and am in the continuous mode of remodeling the house. Sheitan, my 14-year old Husky, and wellness workouts are part of the daily routines. As a result of blogging in the last two months, I took it to a rather large and dispersed extended family for a virtual reunion blog - it's catching on!!


  • Marie - It is wonderful to have you in class again. It sounds like you will bring a wealth of curriculum-related experience to this class just like you brought technology integration experience to 5405. I know you will learn from your colleagues and provide valuable input to them as well. -KD :)

    By Blogger Kara Dawson, at 3/08/2006 12:03 PM  

  • Marie,
    It's great to meet you. Sounds like you really know your stuff, what a great testimony of life-long learning! I look forward to communicating with you more throughout the course!

    By Blogger Lynn, at 3/10/2006 12:29 PM  

  • Hi Marie:
    I saw your reply to my blog. I was born in Casper, but was only there a couple of months and then I lived in Lovell until I was 4. I have family in Riverton, and Shoshoni.
    From Wyoming I went to Bozeman, MT. I also love that area and we are thinking of moving that direction when we retire.

    I like you have been in the business for a long time, this is year 27.

    By Blogger Linda, at 3/12/2006 10:03 PM  

  • Hi Marie,

    This is my first course with UF so I am sure that you will have some advice for the "new people" :-) I think that it is great that you are still taking classes after completing your doctorate. It seems that most of the docs that I know stop once they get the diploma. However, education is constantly changing and we all need to keep up with the current trends and research. I hope to do this during my career.
    I look forward to working with you.


    By Blogger Ken, at 3/16/2006 7:21 AM  

  • Marie, It's good to meet you. I am a graduate student in the geological sciences department and I'm sure your wealth of knowledge will be needed!

    By Blogger rdfsef, at 3/18/2006 9:13 AM  

  • Marie - I'm so thankful that we have people with years of education experience onboard as well. It will make our conversations and learning so much richer. I too am a dog lover, I have two black labs.
    Looking forward to learning more with you this semester. JF

    By Blogger Jessica, at 3/19/2006 4:44 PM  

  • Marie,

    I am grateful for your contributions to the class already! You are seasoned not only in years of teaching, but also in use of the technology with which we all must become familiar for this class. I am looking forward to applying for my very first teaching job next fall after I finish my MS this May. I really look forward to reading more of your thoughtful, well-written comments. I apologize for the tardy response to your introduction. There is a lot about an online class to get used to (This is my first)!


    By Blogger JenChem, at 3/25/2006 10:07 AM  

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