Bits and Pieces

Extender Blogs, Open Cohort

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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Extender Blogs, North Cohort

Dear Me

Ontario Extend #oext48 Dear 1992 Me, Look at you, ferrying across the Georgia Strait to figure out postsecondary life. Your nursing plans went awry, didn’t they? Now it’s time to start the oh-so-popular combo of Criminology/Creative Writing. Guess what? That goes awry as well –  no best-selling, crime-writing authorship in your future (yet). Better to put pen to paper on your year-long adventure in “101 Meals Made with Discount Ramen Noodles.” Don’t worry, the fun you had crossing the country […]

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Extender Blogs, North Cohort

Please Walk on the Grass

A strange thing happens to many people when they’re told not to do something. There is an inner voice – sometimes known as the devil on your shoulder – urging you to do it anyway.  Maybe it goes back to our youth, when we’re told not to jump in the mud puddle because you’ll get your shoes dirty, or not to eat the freshly baked cookies because they’re being saved for Aunt Alice’s visit.

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