“Nature always wears the colours of the spirit”
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The first and the most important thing that this Free Teachers Teaching Online Course can do for you is share the true spirit of professional development through creativity, inspiration and natural communication online.
Much is written about technology, yet most of it utilises the kind of tech-speak that fails to engage us on deeper levels. I am thrilled to say that the line-up of presenters for Jason R. Levine’s Teachers Teaching Online (TTO) MOOC are amongst the most inspirational people I’ve met online through my own professional development. Anyone who follows my articles, has seen my presentations, or even follows me on Facebook will already know how much I admire the professionals being featured in this cutting-edge line up.
If, on the other hand, this is all new to you, it will be mind-blowing to say the least. Many people ask me about online teaching on a daily basis. Well, the MOOC has everything you need to know from top experts in the field.
Please follow my points below to learn what you can get from this amazing online course created for teachers everywhere.
1) If you’re a people person you’ll shine online.
Jason R. Levine, ambassador and knowledge entertainer at WiziQ, is the ultimate people person:)
Not only will you learn the practical side of teaching online, but most importantly, you’ll feel the ‘people’ side and learn that teaching online is natural, engaging and extremely inspiring. For me, technology is natural. As a teacher I feel that heart to heart communication is the most important part of my job. We will show you how technology and socially intelligent communication can enhance learning relationships.
Being a people-person doesn’t mean that you have to be an extrovert, it just means that you care about the people you work with, and this bond can be mindfully nurtured online.
Our tools and environments help us to share our knowledge, promote confidence in students, and amplify our influence. This is the spirit we’re going to share.
2) If you want to start teaching online, this is your chance.
When I started teaching online a few years ago, I had to do a lot of research on my own. I was lucky to find Nik Peachey’s blog in the early days, and meet Heike Philips online through professional development workshops, but it wasn’t until much later that I met the other experts who will be presenting in this MOOC.
Now for the first time, these leaders in educational technology through creativity have gathered together on the WiziQ platform in our network to share their knowledge and experience with you.
3) If you are already teaching online, you can sharpen your skills and find some answers.
An important thing to realise is that all of us are developing professionally all of the time. The presenters for this MOOC got to where they are through professional development. The moment you say to yourself, “I know enough, I’ve done enough”, you’re on the slippery slope towards unconscious incomptetence – not knowing what you don’t know.
Personally speaking I want to learn more about marketing from Heike Philips, and I always want to learn more from Nik Peachey and Shelly Terrell etc. I will learn something from all of the other presenters.
4) It’s not just about teaching English, we’re presenting on a wide variety of topics.
The actual topics are incidental to showing you how to utilise technology for whatever you wish to share or teach.
As Jason says,
What we should be thinking about is the tools, techniques, secrets of the trade
5) The wonderful world of web tools
It’s fair to say that some of us have REALLY tried and tested many tools to help us give our students creative experiences online or in blended learning contexts. This is often pain-staking work that takes a lot of time and patience. We will show you our findings on practical creative tools to help you streamline your experiences online.
6) Learn about creation, marketing and managing online courses
These three aspects of online teaching are very important and I believe that it’s the first time we’ve gathered so many experts together to share with us their different experiences in these separate, yet connected niche areas.
7) Lastly, back to the spirit of online living: networking
One of the most wonderful results of this MOOC will be the networking opportunities and whole new personal learning network you can develop through following the course. Working online goes hand in hand with networking. Having your own tribe of supportive professionals is a prerequisite for success. All of us presenters have built up massive networks. Some of us who collaborate a lot have blended super-massive networks through mutual support, sharing and inspiration. You’ve got to feel it to believe it. You can learn all about this on the course.
Nik Peachey, Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Christopher Pappas, Graham Stanley, Sylvia Guinan, Dr. Nellie Deutsch, Heike Philp, Vicky Loras, Mau Buchler, and Jack Askew.
As I publish, more presenters are being head-hunted by our WizIQ ambassador, Jason R. Levine.
If any of you out there are feeling hesitant or uncomfortable with technology, remember what Van Gogh said:
If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
– Vincent Van Gogh
Luckily with this MOOC you’ll be provided with all the paints you need, as well as support from artists who have already smashed through their own comfort zones.
Oh, did I mention the FUN part?
Sometimes you need a little chaos to become fully organised. We develop professionally through letting our hair down, being ourselves and not taking things too seriously 🙂
We invite you to discover an exciting professional future with us online.
Discover how your students feel.
What’s it like to grow up as part of the digital generation?
How can you, as a teacher, stay ahead of your tech-savvy students?
How can you help them be responsible online?
Perhaps you need to walk in their shoes, or step into their cyber-world for a while.
The online world is a blank canvas for your exploration and their creativity.