I recently attended the TESS conference in Toronto, sponsored by eCampusOntario. The theme of the conference was The Hybrid Experience: Designing the Future of Learning. The conference was a combination of theoretical and explanations of practical applications. The organizers have made the keynote and panels recordings available on YouTube, if you wish to watch. the… Continue reading TESS 2022
I am continuing my work at University of Toronto, with the addition of being added to the Zoom Support team. I am also working on various workshops and courses and working on the new Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation website and providing support to faculty around video captioning and other accessibility concerns. Something I’ve… Continue reading Instructional Design
So it’s anticlimactic, sad, hopeful. I’m cutting “official” ties with my high school. I still have things to do – out of responsibility and out of caring – but it will be as a volunteer. And I still own the school’s Google domain. Gotta see about transferring that, finally, to the business office. I’m working… Continue reading Door Closing
Having this blog – and the ensuing comments – got me thinking. Should I be deleting comments or marking them as Spam and leaving them? My first reaction was, yuck! Some of the comments are a bunch of tasteless words. Most seem to be in Russian. I suppose if I was really curious I could… Continue reading Bad comments? Mark as Spam
The next few posts will be related to Digital Citizenship Week. I believe this was initiated by CommonSenseMedia – https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship-week I found myself with some time to spare. I tried a number of game apps and ended up deleting because I found theywere very addictive. I started with Candy Crush because it’s so well known.… Continue reading Digital Citizenship Week: Social Media, Addictive Games
I was privileged to be part of a reading club while at the University of Toronto, for the T.E.S.T. team. While writing this blog, I decided to look up what T.E.S.T. stands for and apparently it’s The Toolbox End-User Support Team (T.E.S.T), a tri-campus forum for providers of campus / division- level support of Quercus… Continue reading U of T TEST Book Club
I’ve had to stop teaching. My family held an intervention. My daughters were crying. My sons looked stern. With a problematic medical history, they were concerned about the lack of a mask mandate and uncertainty about who was vaccinated, so they insisted that I quit. They don’t like me saying that they bullied me, and… Continue reading Bye teaching. COVID.
This is just amazing. A post that was updated one year ago (from July 2021) lists the tech that Sal Khan uses to make his videos. If you don’t who Sal Kahn is, he’s the founder of the fabulous Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/. Look him up – it’s a great story! He uses a PC… Continue reading What Sal Khan Uses to make Videos
I wrote a post on a different site many years ago about my hobby of categorizing ed tech tools and strategies. I made up the title, Taxonomy as Extreme Sport. The original site was created with my HS in mind; however, I decided to make my writing and categories more universal by putting them under… Continue reading Taxonomy as Extreme Sport
This week I came across 2 posts about the topic of choice, with the advice to limit them. The first was by Marie Forleo, the business and productivity guru. She talks about Decision Detox and “how making less choices gives you more freedom.” Of course, I thought about this in the context of education, and… Continue reading Too Much Choice?