How I dropped into Tenegen...

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Judit Hornyak a Hungarian teacher tells her story - about her first experiences e-learning, online collaboration in Tenegen.

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How I dropped into Tenegen...

  1. 1. How I dropped into Tenegen? Hungary - Lake Balaton
  2. 2. The course was started in the autumn of 2009 and participants came from several parts of Hungary. We were all teachers – from totally different subjects. I’m not going to represent my classmates opinion, only mine: I knew one thing about this course that at the end my computer skills will be better, I will be able to create learning materials with my PC, and this whole stuff will be organized Hungary - Pécs in the frame of e-learning.
  3. 3. When I logged into the portal at the first time, and saw the e-learning frame system, I was shocked. It was a totally new learning environment with thousands of information that I’ve only heard about or even the concepts were absolutely unknown. Hungary - Martonvásár
  4. 4. I have to mention that I had a very basic IT knowledge and no experience; I was only an Internet-user, nothing else. But it was visible from the beginning that instructors that are standing „behind the course” were really helpful. I saw the vivid life on forums, where they were discussing the questions. Never happened, that they would miss to answer to me helpfully, even in private messages. Hungary - Lake Balaton
  5. 5. Slowly I got used to the enviroment, I’ve found what I was searching for by myself, I learned how can I use the new tools and what are they good for, how can I send my completed tasks – and however these tasks have strict deadlines, if it happens that I can fulfill it I do not receive „punishment” like in an average school. I think that was the most extreme case I had to get used to – it was new for me! Hungary - Gödöllő
  6. 6. All of our previous studies were in the same concept-system: material – study – report. With strict deadlines, and at the end, a mark (as evaluation). It was weird – also till today – that in this new system it was much more relaxed. Hungary - Gyula
  7. 7. There are obligatory tasks and optional tasks, and there are also those kind of tasks, that we have to solve with the collaborative groupwork – everybody had to add his/her own solution. I think that was a really inspiring task, because the topic was so interesting for everybody. Nádasladány
  8. 8. Existence of the net generation was obvious for everyone. But it was not known whether this concept is the same in Hungary and in other countries, and are there any Hungarian specialities, and if yes what are they. This task was maybe the biggest one, but I enjoyed every minute of the work. I learned a lot from my students, about the age group and its habits. Hungary - Budapest
  9. 9. I think I like to be a „tenegenist” because everything what we have learned is not for itself – as it is in common studies. Almost everything is completely usable in our everyday practice in the classroom. I know that it’s not easy also for them and also for us. Even they are easily can follow the development of the IT, the Internet – which is hard to study for my group age. During the course by completing the tasks I could reach their way of thinking, and I was proud of myself that I could use many applications that I never thought. I teach some of them to my students and I also use them to create my own Hungary - Budapest learning materials.
  10. 10. When we were coming to know the concepts like net generation, digital indigenous, digital immigrants – I created a new concept on myself: digital dinosaur. Who read a lot about Web 2.0, but the conception behind it is a bit mystified. But as time goes by, I recognize how widespread the field where I can use them is. Hungary - Budapest
  11. 11. Video tutorials gave me a lot of support. They showed me a step-by-step guide, how to use web2 and other useful applications, for example: Mahara, Delicious or PowerPoint, etc. Bodrog corner
  12. 12. Aggtelek
  13. 13. One of the first tasks was to create a personal blog. Everybody had to made his own, and some other tasks had to be completed by publishing in the blog. I don’t really know the genre, I used to read some blogs, but to create a new one – I was never thinking about that. But with time I started to enjoy it. At the moment I have a „hybrid” blog where I put my completed tasks, my attempts on the lessons, and there are also some private posts. Hungary - Budapest
  14. 14. I have read the others’ blogs of course; I think there are a lot excellent materials there. Some of them are scientific, others are funny, but all of them reflects on the author. So from that time I call myself as an official „blog consumer”, because I read not only my classmate’s blogs, but also many others’. In teachers’ blog there are many experiences, and also in students’ blog we can find many Hungary - Szerencs usable information.
  15. 15. I made my first e-portfolio in my life! It was such a hard work, totally new user interface and anyway: what should I present here? In my life I wrote some CVs, but e-portfolio is much more! When I can use it more assertively I will show it to my students for sure. Hungary - Sárospatak
  16. 16. What I like the most is the huge amount of materials, articles, resources that I can find on Tenegen Portal, and most of the time I print them out, because I still prefer to read a paper rather then monitor. I would not able to find all these materials by myself. Hungary - Eger
  17. 17. For today my own personal connections have been created – we wear the same shoes and we help each other. This had never happened with me in a traditional educational system – but it’s really a good experience. Hungary - Szentendre
  18. 18. I don’t say that I’m an expert in every topic, but I can say that I try to use all these opportunities, my students enjoy my attempts, and they prefer this kind of teaching-learning method. Hungary - Sopron
  19. 19. To sum up: I don’t feel any regret that I started this course – I can study in my own pace, in my spare time, and it’s ideal for me. It’s a kind of intellectual challenge where one helps to the others to close up. Hungary – Fertőd
  20. 20. I was thinking about whether if it’s a learning process without teacher? My answer is: no. No, however we don’t call it as a teacher but they exist in a different manner. I would call them tutor or mentor, as if I think about them. But it won’t work without them. And this concept is a bit far from the course: but I think that teacher will be always needed, only the frames will change. Hungary – Lillafüred

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