Ten Secrets – Think Outside the Slide

Ten Secrets 



Source:  Dave Paradi (2016), http://www.thinkoutsidetheslide.com/ten-secrets-for-using-powerpoint-effectively/



Discover Education – Web 2.0 Tools

Discover Education Web 2.0 Blog 

Online tools and resources have made it easier for teachers to instruct students, and for students to collaborate with those teachers and with other students.

New literacy Video (If you are watching the video in segments, you will find How teachers can use the internet to teach content approximately 13 minutes into the video.)

Donald Leu of the University of Connecticut clarifies some of the differences between reading narrative text and reading informational text, and then defines five skill areas that students need to draw on to learn from online information. Source: – See more at: https://learnerlog.org/?s=online+teaching#sthash.DJh5LjEM.dpuf


A blog is a web page that is frequently updated, usually with personal insight and links to other sites. Each entry is typically short and to the point, and sometimes extended with a longer entry.

How do  you get to know your Blog audience? 

Over the next little while I will be reviewing my Blog to see if I have demonstrated a solid consistent performance.

My check-list includes:

  • A brief Bio
  • A link to my blog is posted on the class forum
  • Links to my classmates blogs
  • Link to the SIE Facebook page
  • That I included two or more reflecting course content

I will also reflect on the following questions:

  1. What did I learn about creating blogs?
  2. Which classmates’ Blogs did I like and why?
  3. What are the strength and weaknesses of my Blog?

I am going to strive for a superior, consistent performance.

I do have to say that I surprised myself, this is my very first Blog ever and I am actually having fun with it.

My weakness I would have to say is trying to figure out how wordpress works. Now that I have had it up and running I am more adventurous, I have been trying different buttons.how-to-blog-blackboard-classroom_id785240_size485

I don’t think I will run out of things to say…Having fun!!!!

Facilitating in the classroom by Anne

In my PIDP 3250 Class forum Ann posted a really interesting comment on facilitating in the classroom. I had to share it on my blog because it resonates with me. I am going to try the elevator pitch for sure.

Facilitating is my go to in the classroom.

I generally believe that the learner has to take their prior learning to create the new learning.

If you don’t have time to have students do a full project over the course of weeks etc… you can do other short ways of accomplishing something similar.  For example I have to get everyone to a basic level of understanding of a bunch of facts (background on the organization, different technology platforms, names of events, documents etc…).   I take all the different topics and I hand them out to groups of 3 people.  I ask them to look in their binders/online on their phones etc… to create a short and sweet explanation of what it is, and when they would use it/need to know it.  I get them to develop a sales or elevator pitch to present it back to everyone. The process usually inlcludes 15 mins of working with a small group so they also get to know a couple of people in the class they don’t already.

This session gets great feedback and it doesn’t matter whether someone is an expert or novice.

Thank you to my fellow students for sharing their blogs

Seyed Ali 


Jonathan Kinney


Jamie Ashmore


Kim’s Adventure 


Arleah’s Learning Journey 


John’s Are we just winging it?


Anne’s A Changing Mind – Learning how I learn


Tessa Exploring Education


Michael The Flipped Classroom


Donna Adult Education Blog


Adam Dewji blogs


Jills Blog