Another Excited Media Specialist

Yesterday two of my new RUS grant buildings did their first VC between the middle school and preK students at one of the elementaries. They did a simple little story presentation. There was a lot of nervousness at both buildings before the conference, but it went so well they are sold on the idea of videoconferencing. In the words of my media specialist….

We just finished our storytime program with McKinley Elementary and it was GREAT!!! We ended up connecting for almost an hour! The little ones were just a great audience, and even entertained us with a couple of songs. We want to do another one with a Christmas theme before the holidays! This is all just too fun!

So, you’re thinking, it was fun. So what? What did they learn? Think about the skills the middle school students practiced: speaking, presenting, storytelling language arts skills. And what did the little ones learn? Listening skills! And for all involved, a love of reading and books! So worth it!

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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