Monday, July 27, 2009

My journey so far......

Wow...there is so much that I did not know about technology and how to use it. I honestly thought that I was quite up-to-date with technology and how to use it...but I am already learning there are so many things that I did not know. I had no idea how to even start a blog!! Or that you could follow someones blog and get updates...I feel a bit silly now, it is so easy.

I enjoyed the first module of this course, I enjoyed taking the tests. I found out that my learning style is more prominent as a "Global Learner" which I found interesting, but after reading the description, it was like a write up about me LOL. Global learners really need to understand the big picture before they can really grasp the concept of what they are learning, that is so me!! Sometimes I feel so lost when I have no idea why I am learning something, I really need to be able to connect it to something and see the purpose. During the start of this course, at first, I could not see what this had to do with what I wanted to learn, but after getting into the course more, I have certainly realized how important it is and how much I have yet to learn. I also did the personality test, turns out I am ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging) which basically means that I love to be in control and organise things. Which is very true, I love order and organising things and people and making the hard decisions, the test stated that one of the good career options is teaching, which is great because that is what I want to do. I am also of average Emotional Intelligence...which I think I already knew anyway LOL.

Now moving on to module 3....I can freely admit that I had not really thought about how children of today are totally brought up and educated in a world of technology and that is what they speak. I feel like I am an in between of the digital immigrant and digital native....I took the netiquette test and scored quite well, I think that I am a long time digital immigrant LOL....I know enough to pass as not to have too much of an accent (so to speak) but still trying to drop that last little hint of an accent. I had never really thought much about actually teaching ICT in the classroom that I have, I feel a little nervous about it and wondering if I will ever be able to catch up.

Well that is all for now...I am going to continue on with my e-learning journey and see where it takes me next. I am excited about learning all these new and fun ways to communicate and learn and teach.

Till next time............

Monday, July 20, 2009

Who am I?


I have never blogged before so thought I would start off my very first blog with a little bit about who I am and why I am here.

I have done a variety of different things in my short life and find that I love to be doing different things all the time. I started my journey in life right out of school when I joined the Army at the tender age of 16 1/2, I flew the nest and moved all the way down to Albury/Wodonga to start my life away from home. I spent 7 years in the Army, when I finally decided that this was not my life long career. I absolutely cherish that experience and would not change it for the world, it definitely set me up in life and gave me a good sense of discipline, respect and an amazing work ethic.

After I left the Army I was a little unsure of where my life would take me next...I tried a few different avenues of work, from Child Care to Managing a Golf club to managing a computer warehouse and then to Managing a Stainless Steel that was hard work, but I loved have people to train and look after (and boss around LOL). It was during my time in this work that I realised I was very unhappy with where my life was heading...I was a nightmare to live with (Just ask my best friend, I lived with her)...because I was not happy at all. I decided that I should take my first trip overseas. So at the age of 28 (going on 29) I left for my first ever overseas trip to Vanuatu....and OH MY GOD!!! It is an amazing place, I had the time of my life over there. I met some amazing people and drank lots of Kava, now that stuff is disgusting and weird but I seemed to be compelled to drink. Now anyone who does not know what Kava is, it is this disgusting smelling and disgusting looking drink that makes your lips and tongue go numb...but then you feel oh so relaxed. It is must try.

So after my trip to Vanuatu I decided that my life had to change in a drastic way. I scoured the Internet looking for my next adventure, and there is was...THAILAND!! I made the decision to go over to Thailand, get my TEFL certificate and teach overseas. I had many rocky roads on my journey, but I eventually ended up in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, teaching at a fantastic school and absolutely loving life. Chiang Mai is an amazing place, the food is fantastic, it differs somewhat from Southern Thai food, and the people are fantastic. I made some of the greatest friends whilst I was there and hope to be for a long time. We all lived in this little block of units and used to joke that it was a lot like Melrose Place...everybody new your business.

So from this experience I knew that wanted to continue my journey of teaching overseas, but I needed to get some proper I chose to come back to Australia to get a Bachelors degree and plan on returning overseas when I am finished. I would love to go back to Thailand and I am sure I will, but I would love to teach in all sorts of different cultures and experience all there is to offer out there in this huge world of exciting possibilities.

So that is the short version of who I am...LOL. I look forward to continuing my blogs about my learning Journey and what I am learning in this particular course (managing E-learning).

Till next time....