Interviewing Jim Stovall

Did you know that Jim Stovall “reads” books at 800 words a minute through his audio player? He reads books from the National Library Service for the Blind.
Today we are interviewing blind author Jim Stovall. Our local class participating is from New Buffalo Middle School. In addition, due to Polycom‘s sponsorship, we have classes from Utica, MI; Rapid City, SD; Kenosha, WI; Rosenberg, TX; St. Louis, MO; Osakis, MN; Sturgis, SD; and Tulsa, OK.

In preparation for this videoconference, students read the book The Ultimate Gift, and followed the ASK process to prepare quality questions. Classes were also paired for a online writing exercise where students responded to at least two of the gifts and gave feedback to each others’ responses.

Here are some of the questions that the students asked:

  • If you had one day to see, what would you like to see?
  • What is your favorite gift?
  • Did you ever think you’d be in this position 20 years ago and how has it changed you?
  • What do you think was the best thing for you that came out of writing this book?
  • If you could give an ultimate gift to someone following the same 12 month process, who would you give it to?
  • Did any of the experiences in the book happen to you?
  • If you had to had another gift or chapter to the book, what would it be?
  • Before you wrote this, were you watching society and thinking that you would change things in society to make us more courteous to each other, etc.
  • Have you worked with any celebrities who also had physical disabilities? How was the experience for you?
  • Can you tell us a little about the movie?

Jim’s story is so inspiring for students! Taking the talents you have & blessing the world as you can with them. Not giving up and living in a single little room but getting out and meeting people. Using your resources to do good things for others. Good and bad days are defined by our reaction to them, not by circumstances. A great experience for everyone involved! Hope you can join us next year!

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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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One Response to Interviewing Jim Stovall

  1. Patty Fisel says:

    I just saw the movie! It came to Noble County via a grant through the Noble County Community Foundation & our local libraries. I read the book –awesome– I saw the movie —10 times more awesome!!!! When the movie is released I will go as many times as it takes me, to get all of the people in my life to see it. This movie is beyond word! Athough I watched it on the 4th anniversary of my husband death, if it don’t touch your heart —you don’t have one!! My life will never be the same. Thank you and God bless you Jim!! patty

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