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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 […]

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Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First – Recruiting Interest

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash, @brookelark Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll wait to get into the water until 20 minutes has passed. He tells me that his favourite part […]

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Recruiting Interest – Sometimes You Gotta Eat Dessert First

“Life is short and unpredictable. Eat dessert first.” Hellen Keller Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash, @brookelark Why Can’t a Swim Lesson Start with a Game? My son goes to swimming lessons weekly and has been going on-and-off for a little over a year.  Every once in a while he’ll get into the water at the start of class, but mostly, he’ll wait to get into the water until 20 minutes has passed. He tells me that his favourite part […]

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Adapting my Teaching Style to Connect with Introverted Students

My in-class style is energetic, active, and passionate. I know that’s my style and that it doesn’t necessarily connect with all of my more introverted students. So this semester I’m trying to find ways to include those students who, for whatever reason, don’t share the same level of enthusiasm during class. Sure some of the students may identify as introverts, but I think this extends to those who might have lots on their mind, or might not be feeling well, […]

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Adapting my Teaching Style to Connect with Introverted Students

My in-class style is energetic, active, and passionate. I know that’s my style and that it doesn’t necessarily connect with all of my more introverted students. So this semester I’m trying to find ways to include those students who, for whatever reason, don’t share the same level of enthusiasm during class. Sure some of the students may identify as introverts, but I think this extends to those who might have lots on their mind, or might not be feeling well, […]

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Free photos – it’s way easier than you think to find and use them

Many of us find ourselves developing PowerPoint presentations, creating teaching & learning materials, and writing content for our blogs. Typically we grab photos from Google images, and then paste the images into their intended destination.  And we do this without concern about copyright, nor sourcing the image.  What? That can’t be.  We generally source written content and teach our students to do the same, but we’re much more lackadaisical when it comes to photos. Technology is helping us to find […]

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Free photos – it’s way easier than you think to find and use them

Many of us find ourselves developing PowerPoint presentations, creating teaching & learning materials, and writing content for our blogs. Typically we grab photos from Google images, and then paste the images into their intended destination.  And we do this without concern about copyright, nor sourcing the image.  What? That can’t be.  We generally source written content and teach our students to do the same, but we’re much more lackadaisical when it comes to photos. Technology is helping us to find […]

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What he lacks in pooping, my son makes up in reading – A nod to digital literacy

A literacy double play – Pokemon hunting with app & book. My 4 year old son struggles with bathroom activities but his reading skills are exceptional!  (What can I say, I’m a proud dada.) We’ve committed to reading with my son daily, but we also have also relied on the iPad to supplement our efforts. To that end, we attribute his success in reading in part to the Teach a Monster to Read app. Yes, it is acceptable for a 4 […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

What he lacks in pooping, my son makes up in reading – A nod to digital literacy

A literacy double play – Pokemon hunting with app & book. My 4 year old son struggles with bathroom activities but his reading skills are exceptional!  (What can I say, I’m a proud dada.) We’ve committed to reading with my son daily, but we also have also relied on the iPad to supplement our efforts. To that end, we attribute his success in reading in part to the Teach a Monster to Read app. Yes, it is acceptable for a 4 […]

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It’s Time to Dial up Webinar Engagement

Boredom, by Alan Feebery, CC, no modifications, I was on a ed tech webinar this afternoon where the presenter just talked and talked.  There were no questions, interaction, nor asking attendees what they’d like to learn or why they were participating. This translated into NO me.  I bailed within 10 minutes despite being very interested in the educational tool that was being discussed. And even though this was more of a business type webinar, UDL principles can apply. C’mon folks, […]

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