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Teaching is an Iceberg Profession

Photo credit: Alexander Hafemann on Unsplash This is my response to the Misunderstood Activity, found within the Teacher for Learning Module on Ontario Extend:  The modules asks us to “identify a concept that is often misunderstood in your discipline. Can you think of an analogy that can help make the concept make sense to students?” I am going to approach this activity a bit differently – instead of making a concept make sense to students, I am using this analogy to […]

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Interviewing my digital domains

Alan Levine recently posted a series of questions to help others think through some of thoughts and motivations as we develop and maintain a domain of our own. I’ve written a lot about this in the past, and I’ll try to include some links to content/posts as I respond to the prompts. This is a bit long as I get into the weeds, so consider yourself warned. And now…let’s get to it… What is your domain name and what is […]

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Embrace Experimentation

While I was thinking about what I wanted to write about to kick off the Experimenter module for the #ExtendWest cohort, I tried to recall my earliest known experiment. I grew up in a farming community, so I’m thinking it involved making mud pies out of various ingredients. If you have ever made a mud pie, you’ll know it starts off looking like raw chocolate cake mix – all smooth glossy brown –  but once you put it in the […]

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So you wanna be a Technologist?

Welcome to the Ontario Extend Technologist Module! Personally, I think it’s one of the top six Ontario Extend modules and look forward to your participation. The story of how the Technologist module came to be started when our development team was considering different pedagogical approaches to the Ontario Extend program modules. Design thinking was deemed an obvious and natural fit for this one. Why? Well, when it comes to use of technology, it is usually for one of two reasons […]

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Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name.

I love icebreakers. Perhaps it is in large part due to my introverted nature – I need a prompt to get to know a room full of strangers rather than bumbling around with feeble weather comments or bee-lining it to the coffee/snack/washroom. My favourite “get to know your classmates” introductory question was while a student in a film studies course. We were asked to talk about our random celebrity encounters.  I listened raptly to others sharing stories from tequila shots […]

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Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name.

I love icebreakers. Perhaps it is in large part due to my introverted nature – I need a prompt to get to know a room full of strangers rather than bumbling around with feeble weather comments or bee-lining it to the coffee/snack/washroom. My favourite “get to know your classmates” introductory question was while a student in a film studies course. We were asked to talk about our random celebrity encounters.  I listened raptly to others sharing stories from tequila shots […]

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A little empathy gets you everywhere

Teaching digital literacy for learning to undergrads has taught me many things. One being, never underestimate the ability to be wowed by one of my learner’s final projects (Language Parser Starter Pack anyone?).  The other being, Marc Prensky was wrong. That pesky, prolific educator coined the phrase ‘digital native’ in his “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” to describe those people who have grown up with digital technologies as ‘native speakers’ of this techno-language, and basically better at it than us older […]

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H5P Test-Drive

I’m test-driving H5P – an open HTML5 content creator that promises many things! And for the most part, it delivers. I tried out a few of the 20 plus content types that they have available here. I’ll continue to add to this as time goes on. Since it’s October, there is a pumpkin-spice flavoured theme to these examples (love it or hate it!). Multiple Choice This is the first H5P content type that I tried. Simple, straightforward – can give […]

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