Profile Picture for ProfessorDannySmith

ProfessorDannySmith

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

UDL guided exam: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books?  They were my favorite. I loved making the story my own.  And then in high school, I was always happy to find a a textbook with a student-made adventure written inside to help pass the time. With this as my inspiration and with UDL to guide the way, I delivered a choose-your-own-adventure styled exam this semester. Based upon the results and student feedback, I’ll do it again. UDL Guided Exam Structure […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Digital Fluency: What’s That?

What’s digital fluency? I didn’t even know that Digital Fluency was a thing until a few weeks ago. How did I miss that? At any rate, it’s got me thinking about my digital literacy and fluency as well as my students’. How I Make Sense of  Digital Literacy and Fluency: Digital literacy is: using a digital tool to complete a task following instructions/steps required to complete the task Digital fluency is: knowing why a tool is used knowing how a […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

CC0 Creative Commons, by Engin Akyurt, Pixabay.com A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just because we make a documents accessible, it doesn’t mean that it meets UDL principles. UDL is so much […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Accessible Documents: Make it a Combo

CC0 Creative Commons, by Engin Akyurt, Pixabay.com A Burger is Good, but it’s Way Better with Fries. I had a little “ah-ha” (Opera) moment the other day while reading Jennifer Pusateri’s blog about alt text. Jennifer talks about developing documents to pro-actively meet Word’s Accessibility Checker (i.e., ADA or AODA regulations) rather than modifying them after the fact.  She also suggests that just because we make a documents accessible, it doesn’t mean that it meets UDL principles. UDL is so much […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

Flipgrid fun in an integrated marketing class. Smile icon made by Vectors Market from www.flaticon.com In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least a few sparkles.  So, taking some inspiration from all of […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Flipgrid Creates Magic for 20 Somethings Too! (and contributes to UDL)

Flipgrid fun in an integrated marketing class. Smile icon made by Vectors Market from www.flaticon.com In an attempt to make an advertising concept more engaging a few weeks ago, I created physical manipulatives for the students. It fell flat. No magic. So back to the drawing board I went.  Today, I had to teach the same advertising concept but I wanted to try to find some magic or at least a few sparkles.  So, taking some inspiration from all of […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Greetings in Higher Ed – Increasing Warmth & Sincerity

Photo by Karolina Szczur on Unsplash When was the last time you greeted your class in a warm and sincere way?  Have you ever said “I’m glad you’re here today” or “I’m really happy to see you! How was your week”? “Hospitality as Pedagogy” A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to participate in a digital pedagogy professional development session at Ryerson University presented by DigPedLab and eCampusOntario. The session was hosted by Sean Michael Morris @slamteacher and Jesse Stommel @Jessifer. Sean […]

more...

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Greetings in Higher Ed – Increasing Warmth & Sincerity

Photo by Karolina Szczur on Unsplash When was the last time you greeted your class in a warm and sincere way?  Have you ever said “I’m glad you’re here today” or “I’m really happy to see you! How was your week”? “Hospitality as Pedagogy” A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to participate in a digital pedagogy professional development session at Ryerson University presented by DigPedLab and eCampusOntario. The session was hosted by Sean Michael Morris @slamteacher and Jesse Stommel @Jessifer. Sean […]

more...