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The Complexity of Digital Literacy

This blog post is in response to the Ontario Extend Activity “What is your definition of digital literacies for teaching?” in the Technologist module.  Before doing a little research, I would have said that I know what digital literacy is. It is the ability to locate, use, share, assess, and produce content using technologies and/or the internet. I didn’t realize that digital literacy is so incredibly complex! I don’t think there really is a correct definition of digital literacy but this […]

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To Cornell or Not?

This is a post in response to the Extend Activity ‘Try watching a TED talk or conference keynote video yourself to practice your own note-taking skills using Cornell Notes’ found in the Teacher for Learning module under the heading Organize Knowledge. I love watching TedTalks! I probably spent over an hour trying to narrow down which one I was going to watch for this activity, however I kept putting off doing this activity because I really am not a fan […]

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Reflections on the 7 ‘How Learning Works’ Principles

This post is in response to the section ‘How Learning Works’ in the Teacher for Learning module on Ontario Extend. I will start off by saying that I really want to read this book, so my reflection on the seven principles will be based on just the topics — I will update this post after I read the book in full! Students’ prior knowledge can help or hinder learning When I first started teaching I underestimated how much prior knowledge […]

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Mutualism at its Finest

This post is in response to Ontario Extend’s Metacognition Extend Activity, ” What is your metaphor for teaching and learning? Find a photo or draw a picture. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.” When prompted with this question, I considered the typical cliché metaphors for teaching: teacher as a gardener – tending to their garden, feeding/watering the flowers so they grow and bloom, planting seeds of wisdom, etc. teacher as a tour guide – guiding students […]

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At the End of My Summer of Ontario Extend

The beaches have emptied, the life guards off duty back to their “real jobs”, and I’m just the lone guy on the shore walking around with a metal detector. Today marks the end of my stint sitting in for Terry Greene in facilitating what I could for the eCampus Ontario Extend project. This is what’s gone in while I’ve been sitting in the DJ booth of CBEX. Terry is not back until September 12, so I left a queue of […]

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Creative Writing to Start the Year

This Ontario Extend activity states: Create an introductory activity connected to your discipline to get to know your learners. Can you think of some fun and interesting questions for your discipline? Even as an English teacher, who studied English literature for undergrad, I find it challenging to find fun and engaging activities to get students at the college level interested in English class. I never felt this challenge when I was teaching high school students, though! Perhaps because at the college […]

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Writing is like Driving

The Extend Activity in Module 1 in the section “Mastery”  asks us – What concept in your discipline is like driving a car? Can you identify the component skills required to master this concept or skill? The first thing that came to mind for me was that writing was like driving a car. You need to know the basics (grammar and sentence structure) before you can start ‘driving’ your writing – in driving, you need to know the basic (gas pedal, […]

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English Class – WIIFM?

In response to Extend Activity “WIIFM” on the Ontario Extend Module 1. I remember asking my math teacher in high school, “Why do I need to learn trigonometry? I’m never going to use it in my career.” Here I am, 18 years after graduating high school and have yet to use trig! I get it – students, especially adult learners, want to know what we are using class time to teach is going to be useful to them outside of […]

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Making Sense of Blog Post Content Data? My Own Spanner Found in the Bottom of the Toolbox

For the obviously obvious statement, WordPress is built on a database. The question is, besides data like visitor counts, what can you infer from the data in the posts and metadata itself? The question was swirling in preparation for a research interview I did today with David Porter and Valerie Lopes for the Ontario Extend project. My cartoon lightbulb went on over my head, thinking about that we have a blog syndication hub set up, and because of the way […]

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Ideating for July’s @ontarioextend Domain Camp

It’s way late in the day before a long weekend, but just to jog some notes down to pick up next week. Besides spawning an Ontario Extend Daily Extend challenge for July I have more plans for the month. Participants in the first cohort training were set up with web domains with Reclaim Hosting sponsored by the project. It was a lot of things covered in the face to face sessions, and we just barely got into the essentials of […]

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