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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

The Proverbial Why Blog Post (and is it a Howitzer?)

Blogging about blogging is a repeated trope inside this blog and I’d bet commonly elsewhere. Why do it again? It seems appropriate for my last (and consistently late, but one of the things about blogging is making your own rules) of nine posts for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 challenge. I actually realized I was more than a few short, so resorted to back tagging 2 previously written ones from early October. Sue me (and c.f previous parenthetical on rules). After […]

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Expanding our Online Learning Toolkit with WordPress

In most post-secondary institutions online courses are developed and delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS). It seems as though this has always been the way. And even though times have changed, technology has changed and even approaches to online teaching and learning have changed the LMS stays more or less the same. Over the last several years in our institution we have seen a shift in what learners are expecting and what the sectors provide courses for want to […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

UDL guided exam: Choose Your Own Adventure

Do you remember reading Choose Your Own Adventure books?  They were my favorite. I loved making the story my own.  And then in high school, I was always happy to find a a textbook with a student-made adventure written inside to help pass the time. With this as my inspiration and with UDL to guide the way, I delivered a choose-your-own-adventure styled exam this semester. Based upon the results and student feedback, I’ll do it again. UDL Guided Exam Structure […]

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Ontario #9x9x25 Post Number 7 of 9 #IDIG

Universal Studios or Drew Strutzan [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSo here I am in week 9 of 9x9x25 backtracking to week 7 for many reasons, not least that 3 weeks can flip by in my life like 5 minutes. It happens all the time, but I’m not going to let it hold me back from finishing projects like this 9x9x25 one. Also, I promised an IDIG post for the amazing Ontario Instructional Design Interest Group, and I want to deliver […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Annotating As Augmenting? Coming to a Web Near You

Here goes one of those blog posts that start out with only a shred of an idea, so in the writing, maybe something emerges. Anyhow, for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 its really writing about what you are thinking about, right? I’m thinking about a project I am working on with Gardner Campbell. Yes, that Gardner Campbell. We go way back, Dru Glu and I, and his ideas (see personal cyberinfrastructure and Bag of Gold) are foundational to much of the […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Doing/Making Dailies

Someone has to make the donuts dailies every day, and few do it better than Terry The Baker Greene (who does it with sauce). This is close to Terry’s method: Or as he 9x9x25-ed: If I were asked to name the top 2 things that have helped me to not only develop and hone my abilities as an educational technologist, but also lead me down rabbit holes that have crafted my attitudes and values and love for this whole ed-tech […]

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Digital Fluency: What’s That?

What’s digital fluency? I didn’t even know that Digital Fluency was a thing until a few weeks ago. How did I miss that? At any rate, it’s got me thinking about my digital literacy and fluency as well as my students’. How I Make Sense of  Digital Literacy and Fluency: Digital literacy is: using a digital tool to complete a task following instructions/steps required to complete the task Digital fluency is: knowing why a tool is used knowing how a […]

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Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Classroom Greetings: I Yearn for a Fancy Handshake

Kids select greeting as they enter class   Should I be teaching elementary school? You’ve seen those videos where teachers greet their students with those fancy handshakes and little dances. They look so much fun. Classroom greetings establish strong connections and relationships as well as set the tone for the teacher, students, and classroom. To be honest, I yearn for those types of connections and relationships. And to paraphrase the late Rita Pierson, kids learn from people who they like. […]

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Rethinking the use of learning resources – Engaging Practitioners in the Field

Students come from diverse backgrounds, with different attitudes towards teaching and learning, expectations of their learning, work and life experiences. Recent scholarship has begun to emphasize the importance of knowledge around learning (metacognition) and study skills so that now educators are compelled to give this kind of experience attention in addition to teaching “the content”. For teaching and learning to be truly transformational and bring about change, students must be actively engaged in their learning and connect that learning to […]

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