My Favorite Things

The first day of our Read Across America connections went fairly well. 7 out of 8 connections actually occurred. We had several glitches along the way, but we made it!

Here are a few of my favorite things from today.

  • Hats! Visuals are crucial in a medium like this! Many classes of course are celebrating Dr. Seuss and have Cat in the Hat hats. But we enjoyed the cowboy hats from our Texas partner school too!
  • Young students sharing work: posters, pictures, stories, poems. They are so cute!
  • Props! A class from Frazer Elementary class in Ohio had a wonderful castle, costumes and more to go with their story.
  • Pictures and stories. So many great stories, books, and pictures shared in the programs today!
  • Questions. From a kindergartener: Do you guys do math? And from Texas: What is the weather in Michigan today?

7 down. 31 more to go.

About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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