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History of Social Media InfoGraphic

May 23, 2015

This came via my Twitter Feed and is really quite fascinating. Look how far we’ve come in such a short span of time. What’s next?

History of Social Media

Laurie Smith Keynote at #etfoaqinnovate

May 9, 2015

While attending ETFO AQ’s Innovate 2015 Conference in Toronto, we were treated to a powerful keynote by Laurie Smith of Voice Matters. One of my fellow instructors, David Dowhaniuk, added the Tweets from this Keynote to a Storify.

Here it is:

Lauri Smith

How to Extend the Availability of the D2L Dropbox for a Student or Group

April 28, 2015

Have you ever needed to grant an extension to a candidate or group at the end of a Learning Experience but the Dropbox was already locked? Using the tools in D2L, you can extend the availability of the Dropbox for a student, or a select group of students in your course. It’s very easy! It takes only a few minutes to do this.

Here’s a quick video I created to show you how to do it!

What’s a Twitter Chat?

February 21, 2015


New to Twitter chats? Here’s Tom Whitby’s detailed explanation of this excellent form of personal professional development.

Originally posted on My Island View:

There are now hundreds of Education Twitter chats taking place around the world at almost any time of day or night. To follow any chat in real-time all one needs is the hashtag (#). The hashtag is the key to the chat. Using TweetDeck, Hootsuite, or some other third-party application it is easy to create a column that will follow only the hash tagged tweets of the chat. That will focus on and deliver each of the tweets in the chat in the order that they are posted.

Of course in a chat that may have fifty to a hundred participants it is impossible to follow every tweeter’s tweets. Very much like any face-to-face social gathering of such numbers of people, one would only engage with a few chatters at a time and focus on the topic of discussion within that group. I enter chats with the intent of engaging…

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How to Add a Checklist to your ETFO AQ Course in D2L

February 6, 2015

A Checklist in D2L is an excellent tool for students/candidates to track their progress in a course. The video below demonstrates how to create a Checklist for candidates in your ETFO AQ Course in D2L. It can, however be helpful to instructors in other environments that use D2L.


In D2L’s Brightspace Community you can find many resources about better ways to use the features in D2L. Here’s their short video about Checklists, and how they can be combined with Release Conditions to encourage students to use the Checklist. A Release Condition is an Intelligent Agent that requires a student to complete a task, in this case, checking off a completed item in the Checklist, before they can complete another task. See my Blog post on Intelligent Agents for an introduction to their use.

EduBlogs Teacher Challenges- How to Build a Personal Learning Network in 10 Steps

January 8, 2015

I ran across this great series of Blog Posts on the EduBlogs Teacher Challenge. This 10 Step process will help you create, develop and nurture your own Personal Learning Network. It is very thorough and too good not to pass along to my Network.

Here are their 10 steps with links to each one:

  1. What is a PLN?
  2. Using Twitter to Build your PLN
  3. Participate in Twitter Chats
  4. Making time to Build your PLN
  5. Using Blogs as Part of your PLN
  6. Using Curation Tools as part of your PLN
  7. Using Diigo as part of your PLN
  8. Using Webinars to build your PLN
  9. Back to Classroom 2.0
  10. Making Connections

I added each of these to my Scoopit PLN Resources Curated Page as well. Click to access them there if you wish.

Now, get started on a Personal Learning Network, or further develop your Network this year using these powerful suggestions !

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

December 6, 2014


This is a great list that should evoke some discussion. What are the MOST important skills? Are there some that are missing? Are there others that could be left off this list? Why? Have a look!

Originally posted on User Generated Education:

This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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