Connecting Emotions, Learning & Technology (CELT)

Emotions can Improve the Quality of our Lives

How are emotions, learning, and technology connected? How can emotions and technology improve our lives? I’ve been thinking a lot about feelings and how emotions are a huge part of our lives. Are we just a bundle of emotions that are dictating what and how we do things? Are we making decisions based on emotions that arise out of nowhere? I hope not. I hope we can view our emotions as just that and not let them interfere with how we behave and relate to others.

Technology & the Internet
Technology has come a long way in serving man. The ability to use the Internet on the computer and/or mobile gadgets is making life so easy. However, what happens when technology goes wrong. How do you feel when your Internet connection is too slow or stops altogether? How do you feel when technology no longer serves or caters to your needs? I get very frustrated and do leave my desk or do all I get until things are back to normal. Technology is making a huge difference in our lives an how we feel is part of technology.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is the term used in education and in the business world to discuss how who we are and how we can make the most of our lives. So shouldn’t we all learn about our emotions and how to respect other people for being just like us, human beings with emotions? I created a free online course called connecting emotions, learning & technology (CELT) on WizIQ to share my experiences because I believe it’s important to tap into our emotions. How is technology connected to emotions?

Technology & Emotions

I have been teaching English as a foreign and second language in high school and higher education for over 30 years. Emotions are high in school. Teachers are pressured by the administrations who are pressured by the Ministry of Education pressured by the government to get results. Teachers, who are pressured put pressure on students, who are pressured by parents, who want their children to be able to survive financially after they leave school. Lots of emotions that spread everywhere.

What are these emotions doing to us?

My son was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 2 years ago on May 7 on his 27th birthday. This week, he had his 4th attack a day before his 29th birthday. An attack can mean paralysis of certain parts of the body or other neurological symptoms. In short, young people who may look completely healthy on the outside need to be injected with steroids for a few days to start feeling their bodies once again.

What is it like for a young person to live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

My mother was diagnosed with the Alzheimer disease at the age of 80 and is now 88. She is the happiest person I know. She makes no sense and smiles like a child.

What is Alzheimer Disease?

What is Depression?

My mother-in-law hopes to be around at my son’s wedding in September 2012. She is struggling to keep up with her new state of depression as she nears her 92nd birthday in July. She is losing the will to live. Why is it so hard to live for many others who develop depressions at a young age? Why are so many people falling to depression?

Depression at all Ages: What is it and can drugs help?

Learning about our emotions and understanding the importance of a balanced nutrition, exercising, and getting ample sleep, can improve our lives and help eliminate depression.

So, with all these and other things that happen in our lives, can we be optimists? Yes, we can. Being an optimist is a way of life for me. I’m very grateful for being alive and part of this wonderful world. Is being an optimist something we are born with or can we develop?

Listen to a talk on TedTalk by Sharot shares and “new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial”. Is being an optimist a good thing or is reality a better way to approach life?

Our emotions determine a great deal about our behavior. Rana El Kaliouby is working towards developing technology and helping people improve their lives. Dr. Rana El Kaliouby researched the technology product she developed as a post doctoral student at Harvard MIT. Her technology is called Affdex and is based on her work on autism.

Learn about your emotions online

Watch and listen to Gina Bianchini talk about fear as a way to raise self-confidence

It’s people like Rana and Gina Bianchini who inspire me in their drive to improve the quality of people’s lives through emotions, social networking and relationship-based goals. I believe that the Internet and technology can improve the quality of our lives. I will be providing a series of online courses on WizIQ to help you improve your life.  The courses will all be free through Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). You are invited to join the free class and course on connecting emotions.


First Live Class on Connecting Emotions, Learning, Technology


Dr. Nellie Deutsch is an education technology and curriculum consultant, faculty at Atlantic University in the MA transpersonal and leadership studies, teacher trainer, researcher, and writer. She organizes Moodle MOOCs and online conferences. She earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix Her dissertation research (available on ProQuest & Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Nellie offers free teacher training courses on teaching with technology, action research and Moodle for teacher courses to new, veteran, and future teachers who wish to teach online, face-to-face or in blended learning formats. She also provides online courses to teachers and ICT people on how to be administrators of Moodle websites. She integrates Moodle and WizIQ live virtual classes in all her courses.

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