The Future of PD for Faculty

This is post #5 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! Traditional faculty PD is dead. Or at least it should be! You, as faculty, have a lot going on during the academic year that makes it challenging for you to be able to attend some (or any) of the wonderful PD opportunities put on by your teaching…

Fierce Female Colleagues

This is post #4 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! I have be fortunate to work with amazing female colleagues that have inspired me to become a better teacher, a better employee, a better colleague, a better mother, a better feminist, a better person. These women are fierce, strong, driven, successful, beautiful souls. Ashleigh has such a…

The Flop of the Pineapple Project

This is post #3 for the 9x9x25 Challenge!  I read about this phenomenal idea called the Pineapple Chart on Cult of Pedagogy’s blog. Follow Jennifer here on Twitter, too! In a nutshell, the Pineapple Chart has five columns along the top labeled Monday to Friday. The rows are labelled down the side into half hour…

Curating Content using OER

This post is a response to the Ontario Extend Curator Module Extend Activity. Finding the right OER to curate content for your course reminds me of shopping at Winners. You have to have patience to wade through all of the items, and if you are patient enough you might just find the perfect article of…

Finding The Perfect Image

This is a post in response to the Extend Activity 1 in the Curator Module of Ontario Extend. Finding the perfect image isn’t easy, and a layer of complexity is added when searching for creative commons images. A few years ago I might use an image I found in a Google search because it is…

Professional Development for the 21st Century Educator

This is my second post for the 9x9x25 challenge for Ontario Extend by eCampus Ontario. I love professional development — really, really, really love professional development. I love learning new things. I love meeting new colleagues. I love sharing my own challenges, failures and successes in the classroom. Professional development is meant to help you…

Content Curation: On the Bandwagon of Open

This post is in response to the Ontario Extend Curator module Extend Activity “What’s your definition of content curation?” The best definition I found for the word ‘curate’ comes from MacMillan Dictionary: to select items from among a large number of possibilities for other people to consume and enjoy; applied to many areas including music,…

Challenging Transitions

9x9x25 Blog Post #1 During my years as an educator, I have learned to be flexible and expect the unexpected. I have taught all ages – from preschool through to the college level. The most challenging transition I’ve had is to the post-secondary world 5 years ago. Here a just a few challenges: I never…

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…

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…