John Terelle

John Terelle

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I think there is a great deal of truth expressed in this course, that recognizing each student's individuality, as much as possible, within their own cultural backgrounds is the clearest road to actually creating a true learning community within the class.

It has made me take time to think about how I can be more inclusive overall.

I was very intrigued by the delineation of the multi generational characteristics. I have noticed many of these in my own observations in life, but to have them laid out in a concise manner, as this course does, was quite revealing as to why we learn in different ways while still have the same basic needs when it comes to absorbing information. Technology has certainly changed the ways in which we access information, and the approach to education is, indeed, generationally diverse, but the need to absorb that education and make it relevant to our own lives is certainly universal.

So, you can use your phone when you need to stay in contact and aggregate information, BUT...


Being a Boomer myself, it is interesting to see the development of each generational cohort as it relates to technology. I use technology every day, yet my relationship to it is still as a person "coming to it," as opposed to a natural part of my existence. Although I can program a synthesizer and use a DAW to make music with no problem, I often see these technologies as a tool towards a goal rather than an integral element of the goal itself.

My strongest takeaway from this topic was the observation that "It is possible to be proficient in the use of computers without being able to apply computer skills to actual situations (Eisenberg M.B.).

Many of my students are very proficient in "getting around" on a computer due, in part, I'm sure because they have spent much of their lives in the presence of screens and the Internet. At times I'm taken aback by how fast they can use these skills to seek out some piece of information or other. In fact, it can almost be intimidating! However, I'm also, at… >>>

Technology has certainly advanced the opportunities for everyone's continued education in terms of advancing themselves professionally. However, these advancements in communication have also made self-management and the ability to find and organize this information of the utmost importance. Being able to self reflect on one's progress is vital to making the most of the internet and various other technological tools such as Zoom or even something as basic as a laptop computer.

The ability to organize the information available and assess how to use it is the largest challenge in the age of tech learning. It should be one of… >>>

For our Milestone Project I divide the class into three groups that each have to produce a song from scratch using their creativity and the tools at hand. This remains a group endeavor throughout the composition and recording stages, but becomes a more individualized process when it comes to editing, mixing and mastering the music. After being exposed to ED205, I think I will restructure the latter processes such that each student must make periodic presentations to the Record Company (me) and also to update the rest of the class on their progress, asking for input and suggestions.

I already… >>>

In our Milestone Projects there are two steps which are completely written assignments, the pre-production explanation (Milestone 1) and the reflection (the final Milestone). These both call for an essay of 2 - 3 pages. What I usually receive from my students is a mixed-bag of a few excellent explanations and a slew of partial or jumbled thoughts that last a few paragraphs and then stop. Some are so full of grammatical errors that I'm, at times, unable to decipher what they are actually trying to communicate.

Now, I realize that for some of my students English is not a… >>>

To operate in a modern world, the student has to be able to learn skills that go beyond the technical training that they receive in our classrooms. These capabilities, often termed "people skills" or "soft skills," include, being able to communicate, to listen as a way of learning, have an ethical awareness, and the ability to manage oneself as well as others. Students also need to establish critical thinking and "learn" creative thought.

As instructors, we need to be able to teach these skills in tandem with the curricula we are already teaching, but to do so effectively, we must… >>>

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