Now that you have viewed our MET Reflection videos, please use any medium/application you like to tell us:
  • What were YOUR reasons for choosing the MET program at UBC?
  • Considering your own experiences thus far, what have been the most significant thing(s) that you have learned?
  • How have you been able to apply what you have learned in the MET program to your career?



 


Comments

Dani
07/23/2012 8:09am

My reflection via Voki: http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6415027&height=267&width=200

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Lisa Allen
07/23/2012 8:54am

Hi Dani,

Thanks for being the first to comment here! So great to hear that the MET Program has been a practical one for you. I couldn't agree more with you that what we're learning here and the skills we are acquiring are relevant and practical to our careers in the educational realm.

Cheers,
Lisa

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Jon
07/23/2012 6:35pm

That one above didn't go as planned. Here is the link to the clip. You can just delete that other one if you can.

Cheers,

Jon

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12560593/met-reflection

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Marie-France
07/24/2012 4:03pm


Hello Jon,

The Xtranormal App is new to me - I have used Voki before, but this seems more realistic. Thanks for introducing me to this new means of communication.
I can certainly relate to your students being your Petri dish to experiment new Web 2.0 tools . . . I do the same with my students.

All in all it seems that the program has been very beneficial for you and it appears that your students are also reaping the benefits. Hopefully your new knowledge will rub off on your teaching colleagues!

Thank you for participating and making this learning experience richer.

Marie-France

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:01am

HI Jon,

From a marketing perspective it is interessting that that your first Uni didn't keep you engaged because of their delivery of education and you went elsewhare. If this is happening with other students they certainly have a gap in their business plan.

Like you and Marie-france i too have found it great to be practising on my learners. I am currently at a conference and the workshop we ran had lots of the ideas I have gleaned through MET that I was sharing too.

Denise

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May Bacon
07/23/2012 7:51pm

Here is my reflection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzoa7nOcVW4&feature=youtu.be

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Marie-France Hétu
07/24/2012 4:21pm

Hi May,

It really seems that you have made the most of your studies. I toowould not have been able to study unless I took a fully online program. Your goal seems quite commendable, to foster your interest in technology within your professional life as a teacher.


You are right - this MET program does significantly contribute to lifelong learning.

Thanks for contributing your thoughts on the MET program! It is always nice to communicate visually, it is more personable and I really feel I know you better.

Marie-France

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:11am

HI May,

Thanks for your reflections. I was struck by your comment about your personal use of technology being different to what you used in your teaching. it is interesting how that divide can happen.

The MET has certainly been a great place to learn how to structure and implement different technologies for me too. I am going to pilot education blogs for our GP supervisors and I will be interested to see if they use or explore any of the different technologies to introduce themselves like everyone here has or whether they are a conservative bunch!

Denise

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Dennis Pratt
07/23/2012 8:58pm

I created a short Voki to help me reflect on my MET experience. Copy and paste the following into your browser and it should work.

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6417061&height=267&width=200

Enjoy,

Dennis

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Marie-France Hétu
07/24/2012 4:25pm

Hello Dennis,

You must be pretty excited at finishing the MET program soon. Glad to know that you enjoyed your learning journey. In which way have you been able to apply what you have learned?

Marie-France

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gillian
07/23/2012 9:39pm

What fun! See my quick prezi reflection here - http://prezi.com/mbxtykw0f64z/met-reflections/

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Marie-France Hétu
07/24/2012 4:45pm

Hi Gillian,

I think it is fine to want recognition for education. We invest time, money and energy and then contribute to our work significantly - we deserve a pay increase!

I love your motto: 'I did it' - I can certainly relate to that, as I too surprised myself with how much I have learned and have already started to apply within my work environment.

It is interesting that you experienced a richer community of practice online than face-to-face . . . why do you think that is?

I think you really pay the MET program a huge compliment when you say it made you a better teacher.

Thanks for enriching our learning experience by contributing your thoughts on the MET program.

Marie-France

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Sherman Lee
07/23/2012 10:57pm

I have used XtraNormal before, so I thought I would try Voki this time! Short reflection on MET... I think I could write a 20,000 words essay on my experience. But....here it is :)

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6417295&height=400&width=300

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 3:39am

Hello Sherman,

You seem to have a pretty heavy schedule, I can understand why the MET program works so well for you allowing you to learn and participate on your own time and your own pace.

I do agree that this program has been a great way to learn from others. Many forms of communication are encouraged, which I find motivates me to participate further.

Thanks for posting your comment on Voki . . . how did you like using this new way of communicating?

Marie-France

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Danielle
07/24/2012 2:51am

Hi!

Great presentation, Week 12 Team! Very thorough and interesting!

Here is my reflection.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=527xr8NvpiQ&feature=youtu.be

Cheers,

Danielle N.

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 1:05pm

Hello Danielle,

It sounds as if you have really been able to apply your learning from MET to your work. You make an important point when you also mention how MET has shaped you as a learner.

Coming into this program as a newbie concerning technology, the learning curve has been steep, and it has made me realize how more mature adult learners could envision technology.

The program itself though has taught me much about being a self-learner. Since this is your last session I want to wish you luck in your future educational endeavours.

Thank you so much for posting your comments - it is quite valuable to find out what MET means for everyone.

Marie-France

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Danielle
07/26/2012 1:35am

Hi Marie-France,

Thank you very much! It has flown by! I also have a Master of Applied Linguistics which was a completely online program. There was no where near the same kind of collegial collaboration among learners, both in terms of quality and quantity, as there has been in the MET. I feel that my MET experience has been that much more valuable as a result of getting to know and working with my classmates. It will probably be this intense collaboration that I will miss the most!

Danielle

Valerie Wells
07/24/2012 9:40am

I have never used voki before so I thought I would give it a try. Here is the link to my voki. Cut and paste it into a browser and it should work.

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6418120&height=267&width=200

Valerie

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 7:30pm

Hello Valerie,

Voki is a fun way to communicate isn't it? Do you think you will be able to somehow integrate it to your teaching?

It sounds as if you were really able to apply the MET program to your teaching and you sucessfully built a solid theoretical background.

Can you provide a few examples of how you applied your learning to your own teaching and also how you supported other teachers?

Thank you so much for providing an overview of your MET experience - we value your thoughts.

Marie-France

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Deborah S.
07/24/2012 11:08am

Hi Group,
What a great activity! I appreciate the flexibility in choosing a delivery method. I have chosen to create my reflection in Wordle.

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5521309/MET_Learnings

Deborah

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Kim
07/24/2012 5:50pm

Hi Deborah,

Giving everyone an opportunity to choose their method has resulted in a wide variety of applications being used! Thanks so much for participating.

I LOVE Wordle, and have used it more times than I can remember. However, my new love now is Tagxedo - like Wordle, only you can choose an outline shape - kids love it! Have you used Wordle in your professional capacity?

Smiles, Kim

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Deborah S.
07/25/2012 11:18am

Hi Kim,
I use Wordle with my grade 9/10 Intro to Business class. They have to create a Wordle that answers the question "What is Business?". They absolutely love the activity.

I haven't heard of Tagxedo before. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

Deborah

Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 7:36pm

Hello Deborah,

Your Wordle certainly sums up your MET experience very well . . .

A few words stood out for me in your Wordle presentation.
- Lifelong
- Self-directed
- Motivation
- Tools

Perhaps it is because these 4 words particularly describe my own experience.

Which words stand out the most for you and why?

Marie-France

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Deborah S.
07/26/2012 5:35pm

Hi Marie-France,
The four words that stand out the most for me are:

- lifelong learning
- flexibility
- emerging technology
- self-directed

The flexibility of this program is very important to me. Lifelong learning is also significant to me as I have continued to take courses and additional certifications after completing my initial bachelor's degree. I enjoy learning and always like to stay current whether it's with new technology, the latest accounting pronouncement or auditing strategy or the newest educational theory. I prefer a self-directed environment where I can pick and choose what I want to learn and how much detail I want/need to go into. Finally, emerging technology reflects how much I've learned (and continue to learn) in this program. I enjoy learning about new tools that I can use personally or bring into the classroom to use with my students.

Deborah

Leonora Zefi
07/24/2012 9:38pm

Thank you for a very engaging presentation team 12. It's a challenge to be the last to present as we focus on our last assignments but you have done an amazing job in "walking the walk" with the content and the design of interactivities. I have never used Prezi and as I was reviewing Gillian's reflection I thought I would give it a try. Here is the link to my reflection on the MET choice.
http://prezi.com/xw4cbeocohei/reflection-on-choice-of-met/

Thank you,
Leonora

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 3:58am

Hello Leonora,

What a great presentation! I too have tried different apps used by colleagues . . . I think that is indeed a great way to learn what it feels like for students to use a new technological tool, and this MET program provides many opportunities to do just that.

Beyond learning how to integrate and foster technology in the classroom I too made many discoveries about my learning.

It sounds as if you are making full use of your learning through practical applications. I agree work plays a leading role in helping make connections, but I am impressed at how you have gone beyond, fostering creative ways to engage opportunities for critical reflection and deeper learning among your students.

Thank you so much for contributing your thoughts - you obviously have experienced a holistic learning journey so far.

Marie-France

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Helen
07/25/2012 1:04pm

I have been impressed with the deep thoughts presented by others about their MET experience. I took some time to read the information in this week's presentation and examined the UBC and MET websites to see how my learning experiences so far in the program have been reflected in my decision to do the masters in educational technology and skills I have acquired. Here is my contribution to this discussion.

MET @ UBC - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn4IQX2ccdM
Helen

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 2:40pm

Wow Helen!

You have really taken the time to reflect on your MET journey . . .
Your reflection on your experience brought on my own thoughts and I found I could really relate to the following:

- Learn, unlearn, relearn - indeed this is what I seem to have done all through this MET program
- Stretched, pulled, being on the edge of discomfort - yes this program takes a lot of hard work, and thinking 'out of the box'
- analysis, synthesis, reflection . . . this really denotes much personal growth and a transformational experience.
- Success can't be measured one way - agreed
- Perspiration and inspiration . . . and I would add: creativity

It is true that the MET prgoram inspires to go beyond. Your learning journey seems to have been a holistic experience for you: reflection, connection and application.

Very inspiring presentation Helen, thanks for sharing it with us.

Marie-France

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:31am

HI Helen,

I agree with Marie-france about your reflection. Thank you. I also was struck by the stretch, pulled, discomfort - the MET has really done that for me too. A great demonstration of learning being created through dissonance.

denise

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Helen
07/27/2012 1:33pm

Denise & Marie-France
Thank you for the feedback. Your reflective task was the spark that got the creativity flowing. I have gained some expertise in creating imovies and uploading to YouTube, so I couldn't resist once I saw all the other contributions. Such variety in delivery systems and ideas. As always, this work gives me more than I give to others. By doing, I learn, unlearn and relearn.
Helen

Dave
07/25/2012 6:46pm

Here is my reflection,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqD9IabDOJU&feature=youtu.be

Dave

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Marie-France Hétu
07/25/2012 7:47pm

Hello Dave,

What a great job you have . . . Talk about hands-on practice! I can see how the MET program really relates to your work.

I do agree that some of the courses simply had too many readings - I do consider research important, but I certainly thoroughly enjoyed the skill based courses.

I can the MET program branching out into some form of post-graduate etnographic research program. I would certainly be interested in this form of research.

Thanks for posting your comments about the MET program, we do appreciate the time and effort you took to participate in and contribute to this important discussion.

Marie-France.

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Hussain Luaibi
07/26/2012 11:30am

Marie-France and the team
You did a great job indeed. I like the way you built your ideas in a simple and clear way. The idea of prompting other students to talk about their personal experiences in regard to the reasons why they chose MET is interesting indeed. This short task reflects the skillfulness the students have reached in reflecting their thoughts via different formats of media.
Good job week 12 team
Hussain

Ronna
07/26/2012 10:52am

Thanks Team! I really enjoyed your presentation and the opportunity to share my thoughts about the MET program. You will find my reflection here: http://youtu.be/efiUeYSfrcs
Cheers!

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Marie-France Hétu
07/27/2012 8:33am

Hello Ronna,

I love the backdrop . . . where did you film this. What a lovely place for inspiration and creativity to flourish!
Like myself I have to agree that the totally online MET program was a big plus for me. It would simply have been impossible for me to do a Master's financially if I had not been able to continue working full-time.

It sounds as if you have really benefited from your MET experience . . . thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.

Marie-France

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Ronna
07/27/2012 9:58am

Hi Marie-France,
This is the beautiful north shore of Lake Erie in an undisclosed location in SW Ontario, lol. Actually ithere is a threat of development closeby and I will miss the privacy & tranquility that it has offered up to now.
Ronna

Hussain Luaibi
07/26/2012 11:09am

Hello there
I have created a Voki video. Please copy and paste the link to watch it:
http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=19e6c7dd18df92b7e673619d45ae3321&mId=1347775

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Marie-France Hétu
07/27/2012 8:36am

Hello Hussain,

It sounds as if you were able to maximize your MET experience so far. What is the best tool or App that you have discovered and explored through this program and now use as an ESL teacher?

Marie-France

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Hussain Luaibi
07/28/2012 11:31am

Hello Marie-France
Visiting and reading the weekly projects that we have in our course is a great source of information not for studying only but for learning a lot of things that we can use in our work. You asked me a about the best tool, well they are many not only one and I am really grateful for such the skills you showed guys in your presentation and other presentations as well. I use Voki sometimes and my students love it. You know I have to use something easy to use because my students' level of English is not high.
Also I am using digital stories where the students have no chance to escape the use of technology!
Thank you very much for your great efforts.

Hussain

Meggan
07/26/2012 1:12pm

I was curious about Kim's recommendation for Tagxedo so I've used that new tool to make my reflection!

You can see my thoughts at: http://www.tagxedo.com/artful/67c64d3bae2a4ac2

Thanks for introducing me to a new tool and for the great reflection!
-Meggan

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:42am

HI Meggan,

After Kim's recommendation I had a quick look at Tagxedo too - thanks for giving it a go so we can see it in action with your reflections of the MET.

Denise

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Kim
07/29/2012 6:36am

Hey Meggan,
Loved seeing your Tagxedo - ton of fun isn't it? :-)
I think it adds even more depth to understanding of the topic to see how the person would visually represent the concepts.
Glad you enjoyed the new app!
Smiles, Kim

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Shawn Harris
07/26/2012 2:25pm

Hi Team # 8!
This has been a very engaging presentation! Great Job!
Here is my reflection below using the voice thread tool! Let me know if its opening because it was giving me some challenges prior to this!
http://voicethread.com/share/3269033/

~Shawn

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:50am

Hi Shawn

The voicethread opened fine. Was great to see you and hear your reflections.

Everyone has had slightly different reasons for taking the MET, but the fully online nature of the course has been a consistent theme hasn't it - a really good differentiation for MET at UBC.

Denise

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Greg Campbell
07/26/2012 4:44pm

Here is my reflection via youtube:


http://youtu.be/QEQfgvK40eQ







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Denise
07/27/2012 3:55am

HI Greg,

Love your perspective that the online nature of UBC has allowed you to have a "normal life". Combining the course with a busy work schedule has made my life feel a little abnormal and a juggle - so I really like your perspective and I have been loving the learning and challenges!

Denise

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Bridget
07/26/2012 7:04pm

Hello Team,
Here is my reflection on the MET program.
http://youtu.be/aF9n3_nWij4
Bridget

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Denise
07/27/2012 3:57am

HI Bridget,

Seems like your youtube reflections have been set to private, so we can't hear them.

Denise

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Bridget
07/27/2012 5:11pm

Okay, thank you Denise.
I have made it public now.
Bridget

Bridget
07/27/2012 5:12pm

Here is the link again.
http://youtu.be/aF9n3_nWij4
Bridget

Marie-France Hétu
07/28/2012 6:46am

Hello Bridget,

Unfortunately I still can't view your presentation. This is the message that comes up once I click on the link:



This content cannot be displayed in a frame

To help protect the security of information you enter into this website, the publisher of this content does not allow it to be displayed in a frame.

I am not sure what you need to change for us to view it, but you can experiment a bit. I am looking forward to seeing your presentation.

Marie-France

Janet
07/26/2012 7:40pm

Hi All,

I did a very short, simple Prezi to share my MET reflections. It can be found at http://prezi.com/vuqitjwax8yx/met-reflection/

Thanks all,
Janet

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Denise
07/27/2012 4:01am

HI Janet,

Loved the stepping through your reflections. It really sounds like you have developed a real confidence in using technology from the MET. Must be an exciting feeling.

Denise

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Janet
07/27/2012 8:24am

Thanks, Denise.

It is an exciting feeling. My own kids think I am pretty cool now! (They're still young .... :) ) I am still not drawn to technology in my personal life (ok, well, I do play a mean game of Angry Birds), but will certainly do a much better job of it in my professional life now. Previously, when I would try to plan to use technology in class, I would get a sinking feeling in my stomach and get overwhelmed, cranky and irritable instantly. That was just from sitting at the computer - before I even turned it on! That has all changed. I am far more aware of what I DON'T know now, but instead of finding that overwhelming, I am confident that I can find what I need and figure it out. Now, other staff members are coming to me for help - go figure.

Thanks for watching my prezi.

Janet

Claire
07/27/2012 8:25pm

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Claire
07/27/2012 8:43pm

I chose Xtranormal to share my MET reflections. You'll find my comments at: http://youtu.be/fIkhlXQHpIg

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Marie-France Hétu
07/28/2012 7:01am

Hello Claire,

With just one class to go next term you must be very excited at the prospect of finishing the program. It appears you have both integrated your learning within your work, and your work within your learning. Since taking this program I too might be envisioning course design, a career I had not thought of before.
Which option will you be taking for your last course . . . the e-portfolio or the project?

It really sounds as if you thoroughly benefited from your MET journey, but have you found there were challenging aspects to the MET program? If there was one thing you could change what would it be?

Marie-France

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Claire
07/28/2012 10:27am

Hi Marie-France,
Of course I found there to be some aspects of the MET program that presented challenges but it's difficult for me to view these as things I would change. The challenges meant that I had to find creative ways to adjust and as a result I learned more than I expected. If during the first half of my MET journey you'd asked my opinion about MET offering additional courses I would have made some recommendations. Now that I'm almost finished the program though I don't think I missed out nor did I elect a course because I was out of options. My last course will be ETEC590. After taking courses two at a time it's time for a break but I will miss the opportunity to learn at the rate that I have been. I'm sure I'll begin my next degree within a year of completing this one.

Claire

Karon Wong
07/27/2012 10:46pm

Hello team 11,

The following is my MET reflection:

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13583152/met-reflection-kw

Thanks,
Karon Wong

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Marie-France Hétu
07/28/2012 7:15am

Hello Karon,

I too feel I cannot integrate as much of what I am learning through the MET program within our strict FLS military curriculum. However, I do try to integrate some technological tools in content delivery and I have suceeded in convincing the administration that BYOD should be allowed, provided it is directly linked to the learning process.

You say that once admin gives the ok you will be able to implement what you have learned in the MET program. Do you find that some of your colleagues are reticent to the idea?

Marie-France

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Denise
07/28/2012 5:56pm

HI Karon,

It must be a little frustrating not being able to put the learning into practice straight away. I was wondering what proposal you were putting forward - what changes are you focusing on from your MET learnings? are they dsirputive innovations? or sustaining?

Denise

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Brian Hotovy
07/28/2012 12:12pm



• What were YOUR reasons for choosing the MET program at UBC?
I chose UBC for 3 reasons

Flexibility: I can take as many courses at a time as I see fit. I have family, work and community commitments that take up most of my time. The fully online was strong selling feature

Cost and Quality: A similar program at Royal Roads was substantially higher. I was not willing to travel outside of Victoria BC. The MET program at UBC held the best perceived prestige/cost value from my consumer’s research.

Career Advancement: The MET program harnesses my passion for Ed Tech in a way that will increase my employment opportunities in a very competitive teaching market. It ensures that I have a niche to stand out from the crowd. Opportunities in administration is another strong factor in my decision. Perhaps the strongest selling point in MET at UBC was the notion of finding work in the corporate world. The idea that I could be something more than a lowly “school teacher” appealed to my dreams, even if it is far from a sure thing.

• Considering your own experiences thus far, what have been the most significant thing(s) that you have learned?
I now have more questions than answers in the field of Ed Tech.


• How have you been able to apply what you have learned in the MET program to your career?
I continue to be given tech responsibility at the school and district level as a resource in hardware, software and pedagogical decision-making.

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Denise
07/28/2012 6:09pm

HI Brian,

I wouldn't call any school teacher "lowly". As I have listened to all you teachers I have been amazed at what you do with your students and how you use ed technology for learning and collaborating in ways I never expereinced whan I was at school (and that was many years ago!)

But I do understand that the corporate world is a very different world and can be really exciting. I moved from our GP College which has a slow and beauracratic approach to decision making to a private not for profit company, and there was enormous scope for innovation.Decisions are made quickly and it is exciting as I can more readily implement innovations and evaluate them.

Good luck with your dreams!!

Denise

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Tim Roos
07/28/2012 6:56pm

The main reason I chose the UBC MET program was its flexible time schedule, 100% online access and courses relevant to my desired area of study. The flexible time schedule allowed me to plan the number and type of course I wanted to to around both family and work. Being able to complete the program in one year or take up to five years was really appealing since it has been 20 years since I have taken any university courses. I really didn't know how it would go before I began so this flexibility was important. Having been able to take two courses per semester up to this point while maintaining a full time job and having a family has been a encouraging experience.

Because of family and other commitments, the online environment was a requirement for me. I did not have time to commute and I had to have the ability to make things work around other schedules. The MET program has been perfect for this.

The last item that drew my attention to this program were the detailed course outlines that were available to the general public. These outlines showed many courses I would be very interested in taking and applicable to my goals and work.

One of the main things I've learned through the MET program is the need to use technology to teach in new ways. It is very easy to just use new tools to do old things in old ways. My motto has been "If you can't do something new and engaging with it, don't bother using it". A second thing I've learned is the relevance of educational theory. Having learned some of this theory through teacher training but having no experiences to relate to made the theory extremely abstract. Now having had the experiences and re-studying the theory, I see many more connections and applications. I can now see my way through designing a lesson with a certain theory in mind.

The MET program has also allowed me to become much more of a mentor to fellow teachers because I have something that others view as valuable. This has increased my cross-curricular communication and allowed me to work on cross-curricular projects to make them more meaningful for my students.

Tim

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Marie-France Hétu
07/29/2012 4:57am

Hello Tim,

I can really relate to the idea that:

It is very easy to just use new tools to do old things in old ways. My motto has been "If you can't do something new and engaging with it, don't bother using it".

If technology is added just to 'dazzle' or show what you can do, then enriching a student's learning experience through the use of technology is lost. I must admit that it takes time, planning and energy to really foster technology in the classroom.
I have learned so far that it is best done in small doses and I really rely on my students to let me know how they have found the learning experience and welcome their suggestions for improvement.

I find the MET program has really given me the tools and theory to properly integrate technology in the classroom, but beyond this it has also allowed me to envision how technology is part of our lives and how to work with this reality.

I have learned to view educational theories through a technology lens and this has helped me better understand how to design motivating, interactive activities based on the constructivist approach.

I am glad to see that you are generously sharing your learning and expertise with your colleagues. Personally, I don't quite feel I have enough 'hands on' experience with fostering technology within our rigourous military language program to share it just yet. I am still at the experimental stages of my own 'tech savvy' progression . . . but it will come.

Thank you so much for sharing your MET experience with us. I think a huge part of my learning - particularly reflected in ETEC 522, has been the knowledge I acquire through engaging dialogue with peers such as yourself.

Marie-France

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Todd Powell
07/29/2012 9:14pm

Hi team,
Please see my Voki video at:

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=6430042&height=267&width=200

Thanks a bundle! I really LOVE Weebly, and your presentation has opened my eyes to different applications.

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Marie-France Hétu
07/30/2012 2:53pm

Hi Todd,

I absolutely agree, particularly in the Western World and in parts of Asia, technology is everywhere and developing countries are rapidly catching up . . .

There is no denying that technology will be taking a more 'front and centre' role in education in the next 5 years. This is why I took part in this MET program in the first place - as an educator I recognized that it would not only change my teaching practice, but open up exciting new possibilities.

Thanks for providing your opinion on the MET program Todd!

Marie-France

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Donna Forward-Houriet
07/30/2012 8:57pm

Actually, to be honest, the first reason that I signed up for MET was that I really wanted to increase my teaching salary. Second, was that I didn't want to drive the Cariboo roads in the winter to travel to UNBC in Prince George or TRU in Kamloops to complete a Masters at one of those establishments. My first choice was SFU to join the Masters program there with the French cohort, but when I was thinking of applying in August, 2011, they weren't accepting a new cohort before September 2013. Also, much of the SFU program required that I spend my summers down at the coast. I was too impatient and therefore applied for the MET program, since I also have my Music and Education degrees through UBC. I was also keen that I wouldn't have to take any risks on the icy roads!

Needless to say, I have been pleasantly surprised with the MET program and it is much more than I originally thought that it would be. At first I was concerned since I'm not a tech savvy person at all, I just taught French Immersion, Spanish and Music the traditional way. I was also worried that I would miss having the contact of learning face-to-face in the classroom. However, once the group projects started and I was able to work together with people of all different talents, I really started to enjoy myself. I experienced with such things as working on Google Docs for the first time. I have learned so many things from others and still have a lot more to learn but it has been a great ride so far. It hasn't been easy to always keep up with the readings and get back into the swing of being a student again after all of these years. Especially this last term, I took 3 courses at the same time. I must have been crazy since I was teaching full time and also teaching piano after school hours. However, I see the light at the end of the tunnel but have opted to only take 2 courses per semester from now on.

I would recommend MET to anyone who wants a new outlook on teaching, just as two of my colleagues recommended it to me.

Thanks,

Donna

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