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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Zen by PowerPoint

I have a love/hate relationship with PowerPoint (PP). I see value in the medium but I struggle to find effective ways to use it. #Oext234 asks Ontario Extenders to consider PresentationZen and to pick one of the 11 recommendations to improve presentations. I am choosing (5) Remove the nonessential and adding photos instead of text. Please understand, this is an exercise for the Daily Extend. I am not suggesting that the new presentation is really much better than the old one […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Office 365 Planner for Groups

Asking for a Friend Series – Episode 1: How can I set up and use a Planner group in Office 365. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash This is a collection of training resources “for a friend” Lynda.com – use your institutional log-in to access Start here: Microsoft Planner Essential Training – Beginner by David Rivers Learning Office 365 Groups – Intermediate by David Rivers Team Collaboration in Office 365 – Beginner by Nick Brazzi Support.office.com – Microsoft Office Support Start here: MS […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Extending my PLN through Twitter

My adventures in creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is only weeks old. However, through OntarioExtend – the modules, the blogging and the Dailies, I already have a fruitful PLN growing. First Steps: Photo by Daniel Hjalmarsson on Unsplash I began with the Daily Extend. I created one and tweeted it. Then I watched for people to either tweet a Daily or like a Daily. If they did, I followed them. I created my first blog and added it to […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

The Internet is for Cats

Finally, a real opportunity to add more cats to the internet! In the Curator module, the Consider This activity asks me to used different search opportunities to find a picture. I am going to use two methods using four sites. Method 1: Collections of Free to Use Photos The first method involves using collections of usable free pictures. Here is what I found using the terms cats and cuddling on Unsplash. Out of 59 pictures I scrolled through to find […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Good for students; Good for us too.

Catch them doing something right. I remember this advice from when my children were small. The idea was instead of always pointing out the mistake a child was making (negative attention), I should actively watch for the actions, behaviours and attitudes I valued and give praise (positive attention). It worked. Here’s the thing, it works with students too. In addition to the correct knowledge that we want them to have, we have skills, behaviours and attitudes we value. When we are […]

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