Ideas from Lead Extenders

Blog posts from some of our leaders that help to frame the modules and activities. Follow their lead!

East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, Open Cohort, West Cohort

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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Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, West Cohort

Collaboration – For more than just a PLN

This week we start the Collaborator Module and I was delighted to be asked to write the introductory blog post for it. As you might have already gleaned from the previous weeks the Ontario Extend Modules are based very much on Simon Bates’ Anatomy of 21st Century Educators so I figured I’d start with his … Continue reading Collaboration – For more than just a PLN

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, West Cohort

Technologist Module – All aboard!

Welcome to the Technologist module!You'll find a lot of wonderful resources at the Technologist Module on the Extend site.A few years ago, while teaching Math for the Computer Industry course to our students in their first semester of the Computer Programmer and Computer Systems Technician - Networking programmes, I wanted to find a better way to introduce fundamental concepts of Statistics (mean, median, mode) to my students. At the same time, I wanted introduce spreadsheets to them. Al...

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, West Cohort

Taking the Plunge

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash A very special Ontario Extend welcome to #ExtendWest-ers – the @OntarioExtend Extend West cohort.  It’s great to see how many of you have decided to take the plunge and leap into the Ontario Extend pool! For those of you arriving at this blog post who aren’t in the #ExtendWest cohort, you can still join in the fun at any time through Ontario Extend. This week, we’re exploring the Teacher for Learning module.  As an alumnus of #ExtendEast, […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, West Cohort

It Came From #DS106: a Direct Line to Ontario Extend

Easily the most influential experience that has informed both my work in educational technology and the way I teach has come from the experiences I had being part of since 2011 as an open participant, teaching in person and online, and building out much of the web infrastructure for DS106, the open Digital Storytelling course community. In 2018, DS106 is still going strong, long after many things like MOOCs peaked and fell into the Gartner trough. There’s not enough blog […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders

Reflective scholarship is a portal to improved practice

Greetings #ExtendEast – @ontarioextend Extend East Cohort – and welcome to the Scholar module. When I was thinking about how to construct the Scholar module, it didn’t take long for me to think about the most challenging moment I’d experienced as a teacher during the last few years. Much of my recent experience had been as an online instructor in UBC’s Master of Educational Technology (MET) program, which is fully online experience for students. However, when I was asked to […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders

Walk, Don’t Run

There’s no rush. This week in the Ontario Extend East Cohort, we are kicking off the Collaborator Module. There’s a high chance that you haven’t finished any of the previous three, yet. And that is more than okay. This is open learning. The modules are there waiting for you to go back to them when you’re ready. One of the main influences to the way Ontario Extend was built and is delivered is something called ds106, a wonderful community/way of life. Its […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders

Cultivating Curators

Greetings Extenders! From Twitter and Terry talks, you folks are thoroughly engaged and committed to ‘extending’. Kudos! You have just finished Joanne’s thoughtful and interactive module on Technologist. Boy, do I hate following her. This module is a basic introduction to the act of curation or choosing appropriate and engaging  resources as you design and develop your inclusive learning environments. Curation can showcase your creativity, commitment, and searching skills, but there is a downside. The act of curating is also […]

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East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders, Open Cohort

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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