One Flew Over the Internet

Pelican over Treasure Island, Florida

Dear Teachers,

To be straightforward, I’m referring to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. For the last 7 days, I haven’t been able to access Yahoo Groups or this Ning, even worse, my university eCollege course from my computer.  I kept getting blank pages, forever spinning downloads, like they didn’t exist, like I wasn’t a member of the free world.  However, I was able to access these sites from my husband’s computer in the next room.  Crazy!

What did I do to deserve this?  No one had unfriended me, sent me a virus, spammed me, or closed the accounts. It all started with my participation in the SecondLife EVO Village where my avatar would suddenly disappear repeatedly!  I have high-speed Internet and great bandwidth. I could access other sites, even score tests online.  Absurd cyber reality.

What kept me flying over the Internet?  Unable to participate in my new twitter account @teacherrogers.  Unable to share my remanufactured blog/portfolio at https://teacherrogers.wordpress.com/.  I was even unable to post comments on the EVO Moderators/Mentors YGs.  Wanting to share all my new efforts with my fellow participants and the EVO moderators.  I was there hovering.

Three trojans? That’s all my Internet security discovered.  1069 potentially harmful files?  Maybe.  Or was it the renewal time frame of my subscription with McAfee, an Internet security program?  I downloaded a renewal subscription with McAfee and things continued to go slowly with eCollege–one minute to login, another minute to go to one of my courses, another minute to go to my desired location, et cetera.  I ran speed and bandwidth tests. My computer was clocked at 4.0 MB per second, akin to dial-up!

My husband came across a report that indicated that running too many Internet security programs can slow down your computer.  After 7 days of rebooting, defragmenting, deleting unnecessary files and programs, scanning for viruses, purchasing a system booster and tweaker, and running a PC check from Dell, I finally uninstalled McAfee and my computer runs fine!  I thought I’d share my trapeze act, so that you can avoid any dastardly mishaps on the net.

P.S.  I use AVG instead.

Sandra Annette Rogers

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program

Dear Teachers,

Have you ever thought about telecommuting for work or teaching online?  I just completed a certificate to teach online through my profession.  This yearlong course hosted by TESOL is conducted at the University of Wisconsin via online instruction.  What better way to learn to teach online than taking an online course!  It isn’t a very costly program.  I was able to learn enough from this course to feel comfortable in taking on a new job teaching online at my university.

This course served me well, as I’m excelling at my new job!  Last year, I wrote about making changes, re-educating yourself for the “invisible” jobs.  Trends show that online classes at universities are on the rise, according to the Chronicle of Higher Learning.   This certification is for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) which is part of my profession, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  However, it is open to anyone from any field.  I was able to design my nonprofit’s website and learn about Web 2.0 tools from this certificate course.

In addition, I’ve been able to get three part-time jobs online!  Now, I’ve gone completely virtual teaching ESL for a company in Israel, teaching reading online for the local university, and scoring tests online.  My nonprofit is wholly online, too.  I’ve even become an online mentor.  I started mentoring ESL instructors in Italy for TESOL and mentoring individuals looking for work for my nonprofit’s mission.

Check out the site:

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program

Your blogger,

Sandra Annette Rogers