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Syndication of all blog writing from Ontario Extend participants into one place; each link takes you to the original post. See the list of all blogs

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Digital Literacies: It’s Complicated!

Giphy.com My first activity in the Digital Literacies of Teaching module through eCampus Ontario extend mOOC is to consider what the concepts of digital literacies means to me. I say concepts and not definition because I have had to expand my thinking about digital literacy. Prior to the readings for this activity, I would have said someone is digitally literate if they know how to code, can use technology effectively, and are able to relay that information to other people. […]

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To define or not to define…

Under “Digital Literacies for Teaching” in Module 2 of the course it says: “As you are reading the definitions (of digital literacy), take note of ideas or competencies that resonate with your sense of what digital literacy is so that you can come up with your own definition.”The activity associated with the post asks “What is your definition of digital literacies for teaching?” I feel that coming up with a personal definition defeats the purpose of having a definition, which is […]

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Module 2: Digital Literacies for Teaching

In the first activity of Module 2, we are asked to reflect on our own definition of digital literacies for teaching. If I were to sum this idea up in one definition, I would say: Digital literacies for teaching are a set of tools and skills that allow us to understand, navigate and create in a digital environment. I think of this in terms of a digital “toolbox”. Both educators and students require a set of tools (or skills) to […]

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After buying Tim Horton’s almost everyone uses inferential statistics (and those who don’t are daredevils)

It’s true! You don’t believe me? Who chugs a freshly handed double-double? Only those with asbestos mouth and guts (there are some…) For the rest of us, mere mortals, we take a small sip. Based on that we decide to either wait for it to cool a bit or drink it without fear of scalding you innards. Have you ever? If so, you’ve done inferential statistics. You made a decision about the temperature your whole cup of coffee (in Stats […]

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Empathy Map for Teachers

Teachers are a dedicated and committed community of mentors and relationship builders.  We often have strong intrinsic motives for doing what we do, and we commit heart and soul to doing it to our best.  This takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. So in supporting teachers in bringing new technologies into their teaching practices, I wanted to create an empathy map that would pinpoint the things they are saying, doing, hearing and thinking or feeling, in the hopes […]

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Extend Module 2.1: Digital Literacies for Teaching

What is your definition of digital literacies for teaching?  Share and discuss your definition with your colleagues (and with students). Write a short blog post or a description that would be worth including in your teaching portfolio. Digital literacy, to me, refers to the ability to fluently use and leverage the power of digital technologies to create and communicate information. It is also the ability to filter, evaluate, decode, and decipher information that is communicated through digital technologies. In short, it’s […]

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WIIFMEEEEEEE?

SueKing2011, CC BY-SA 2.0As part of the Ontario Extend mOOC we’ve been asked to talk about a class that we are teaching, and brainstorm a list of WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) from a student perspective.In one of my classes — Sport Injuries — I ask my class to practice writing SOAP notes after watching a video of an interaction between an injured client and an exercise therapist. SOAP notes are a common acronym for writing case notes in a clinical setting, such as […]

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Digital Literacies for Teaching

When doing these readings, I really liked the perspective from the All Aboard: Digital Skills In Higher Education article that speaks to digital literacy being about ” a broad range of knowledge, skills and capabilities, many of which will be essential to successfully navigating the digital world and others which may give us scope to pursue particular interests, hone our skills and perhaps also fuel our creativity. ” This reminds me of how important developing student’s digital literacy is and […]

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Digital Literacy: A cautionary tale about why we need to agree on what this means…

In the Ontario Extend Technologist module, we’re asked to consider the term “digital literacies” and to review some research and frameworks for understanding the way digital communications influence learning and literacy. Often, the term “digital literacy” is used interchangeably with “understanding how computers/laptops/mobile devices work” or “good at Internet things”.  I want to dispel that idea now – here, digital literacy is a bigger concept than just knowing how to use a device or an app. The JISC resource on Developing […]

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Module 1, Act. 8 – Teaching Philosophy Metaphor

Photo by Lucas Clara on Unsplash Why do I do what I do? What do I believe? What do I want students to walk away with after taking a course that I've helped design? I think I'm going to use a metaphor of an over-prepared adventure tour guide. You know, the one with the overstuffed backpack who is prepared for everything, tries to ensure that everyone is safe and having fun, and ready to show people the ropes in a new […]

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