Week 10

March 23, 2015 | EDDL 5131  |  2 Comments

For the purpose of this activity I tried ASUS Webstorage. We purchased new computers for our office – an ASUS brand. Once they were configured they gave you the option to sign up for their free cloud/storage service.

Like many other storage services they offer you a free amount, in this case 5GB, and like other free services they up-sell you to buy more. I provide the table below of their plan.

The free cloud services that are available from various sources have become plentiful for everyone. The problem I see is that you have to manage all these services. I feel that storage on the cloud has become the new norm in accessing/storing your information. But all the free offers will lead people to store their information in some many places, but pay for it at a premium.

I personally have two clouds but don’t store any valuable information. I have an external hard drive that is connected to my router that I can access anywhere. I know that the average person might not know how to do this. But paying $99.00 a year does not seem economical to me.

 

Compare Plan Features WebStorage
Basic
WebStorage
100GB
WebStorage
500GB
Charge FREE USD 22.99 / 1 yr
USD 44.99 / 2 yrs
USD 99.99 / 1 yr
USD 179.99 / 2 yrs
Cloud Storage Space 5GB 100GB 500GB
Upload limit for each file 500MB 10GB 10GB
Daily download limit for file sharing 500MB 10GB 20GB
Quantity of computers for backup 1 1 2
Targeted/Suitable Demographic Often saved documents, photos, and MP3

Synchronization needed for small files between notebook, mobile phone, and tablet

Like to share files with friends and family

For people who need to save large size files such as high resolution photos or videos

Need to upload or share large size file(s)

Backup files for computers in the office or at home

Customer Service and Support
Basic Support provides only the FAQ enquiry service.

Priority Support also includes the following services:

E-mails to Customer ServiceAll customer service e-mails will be answered from 10:00am to 5:00pm(GMT+8), Monday through Friday (except national and public holidays).

Technical Support: Log in problem enquiries and remote connection for enquiries concerning service status.

Basic Service and Support Priority Service and Support Priority Service and Support
OTP Authentication
This advanced security mechanism provides you with double protection of your account data. Subscribers who have activated OTP must input a 6-digit one-time password (OTP) generated by the mobile phone every time after they input their ASUS WebStorage user ID and password, in order to log on to ASUS WebStorage and access their cloud data. Also, all OTPs are subject to update every 30 seconds.
No Yes Yes

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj1KwAQ1JLk[/youtube]

 

 

 

Create your WordPress posts in MS Word

WordPress can have learning curve if you not familiar with the dashboard and the settings. If you are new or have been using WordPress, this lesson will teach you to how use Microsoft Word (versions 2007, 2010, 2013) to publish directly to WordPress.
You will learn to set-up, navigate, create and publish from Microsoft Word to WordPress; work with basic text functions, paragraphs, insert images, tables, drawing and charts. First-time and experienced users will benefit from this course.

Upon successful completion of the lesson you will be able to:

1. Set up MS Word to connect to WordPress
2. Learn how to insert and format text, images, tables and charts.
3. Publish MS Word document to WordPress.

Assignment 1
I have posted a video that will guide you to the steps. Watch the video and then do the following questions below:

1. Set up MS word options so that you can post directly to your WordPress Blog

2. Create a test blog with simple text to make sure that everything working

3. Create your blog – add one image, chart, graphic and table then post to your blog.

 

 

 

 

 

Activity 2 – Week 5/6

February 25, 2015 | EDDL 5141  |  Leave a Comment

The models that were posted had aspects that I either use or would like to incorporate in my learning philosophy. Though the model from Zane Berge: “eModerators—The Role of the Online Instructor/Facilitator” was the closest to what I am trying to develop in my philosophy.

The four categories: Pedagogical, Social, Managerial, Technical, clearly layout the roles one should have. Below I have shared either concept that I use in each or would like to learn more about.

Pedagogical 

Currently, I teach in a F2F environment, but the recommendations in this area that Berge proposes are not far from what I do. I want to translate this to the online environment though.

My classes do not have the typical students (I am sure that every class around the world is like this in one sense). Student that I teach are adults learners that have are in need of upgrading. In most cases, they are taking my class because it is offered for free and is something do; or they have to be there because of some other requirements that is imposed.

So I approach my class that every student brings unique and dynamic social aspects that I need to adapt to. My class are not structured for the student to follow but adaptable base on their learner needs and are flexible – within reason of course.

Social

Since I work in primarily with First Nations communities and being First Nations myself, we have protocols to introduce ourselves and where we come from culturally. I find this is common ground and the class dynamics can be formed very quickly cause of this.

Once I have understanding of the group dynamic of the class, I can identify the students that will need more help and students that have the skills to do the work. I champion these more skills students and have them take the lead and help others.

I need to understand how to bring this into the online environment. I feel this important and can breakdown the apprehension if student are new to this. Just like I was in the beginning of taking my first online class.

Managerial

Berge suggest as one recommendation that an informal setting could be set. This area I think crosses over from the above. The dynamics of the class is set and students will start to feel that the class is not like any other class they may have been in before.

Again this area I need to really understand how to translate this to the online environment.

Though I think that the heading says it all – manage- be a manager.

Technical

Berge’s recommendation in this area that there will be cross-overs from the other areas in the above, but students need guidance from the instructor to develop the skills they are learning.

I kind of relate this to boxing. Everyone can throw a punch, but a coach will teach the boxer the technical aspects of how to throw punch more effective and efficient – keeping in mind that the objective is to hit and not get hit.

Week5-6 – Activity 1

February 24, 2015 | EDDL 5141  |  1 Comment

  1. What I Know
  1. What I Want to Know
  1. What I Learned

Technology can be your friend and enemy

Development and design the backend of online learning for all students

 

Online learning can be a challenge for both the student and teacher

How to bring the online environment to be accessible to communities with no to limited connectivity

 

Technical skills are needed

Motivation

 

F2F teaching does not always translate in the online environment

Universal Design to online learning

 

You can deliver the content in many formats to all students

Cultural best practises

 

Online learning needs to be accessible, efficient and economical

   

Motivation of both student and teacher is needed but in different ways

   

KWL Chart for Fabian

Week 5-6 – Audio Recording

February 24, 2015 | EDDL 5131  |  5 Comments

I have been excited for this course because it dealt with multimedia. I enjoy. almost obsessively, working with visuals and audio in different formats and platforms. So this course was going to be fun and hone my skills in another area that I think is important.

When it came to the audio exercise I started to think about how I was going to plan out my recording. I started to think about the recording session and what equipment I was going to use. But I stepped backed and realized that this is not what I should be doing.

I have been learning a lot from the courses so far and realize that there is gap in the use of technology. Mainly between teachers and the classroom. I want to be able to be on the development side and help teachers use the tools that are out there but not be so technical that they give up on it.

So i am recording this on my macbook using garageband. Something that i would never use in any of my post production work.

Week 3-4 Image Mapping

February 18, 2015 | EDDL 5131  |  3 Comments

click map

Monkey Wiki Monkey Video

My try at image mapping. I have not done this in a long time, especially the coding part.

I do a lot of drawing and painting and this is a picture I drew a couple of months back. The eyes have the mapping on them.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2010

The website I have submitted is a free MS WORD 2010/13 online tutorial. This site provides students a tutorial to learn MS WORD basics through online guided exercises that are supported through text, pictures and video lessons.

The site has other topics that relate to MS Office products such as EXCEL, POWERPOINT, PUBLISHER and ACCESS along with subject in technology.

The site is updated as it relates to the subjects for example, MS WORD 2013 (last version produced).

The site can be used as a supplement to face to face learning or as a stand alone. Though with my experience in teaching MS OFFICE products. Those that are new to technology or have limited skills may find it difficult to navigate through the lessons and switching back to MS WORD to do the exercises.

Overall, the site is great added resource.

 

Records and File Management

Objectives:

  1. Define filing, and explain how indexing facilitates the filing process.
  2. Index personal and business names in correct filing order.

 

Filing Fact

A card title is easy to maintain, is easy to file , and is easy to retrieve data from.

 

Indexing

Before names of individulas can be alphabetized (placed in alphabetical order), they must be indexed (rearranged) into filing units. The filinf units can then be used to decide alphabetical order.

Personal names are indexed into units in the following order:

  1. last name (surname)
  2. first name or initial, and
  3. middle name or initial (if any).

For example, the name Chris Lynn Davis is indexed into units as:

 
Unit 1-Last name (surname) Unit 2- First Name Unit 3 – Middle Name or Initial
Davis Chris Lynn

Punctuation marks, including periods, commas, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, and so on, are ignored when indexing. For example, the name Florence R. Abrams is indexed as:

Unit 1-Last name (surname) Unit 2- First Name Unit 3 – Middle Name or Initial
Abrams Florence R

 

Now try indexing your classmates names.

 

Intro

January 19, 2015 | EDDL 5131, EDDL 5141  |  6 Comments

My name is Fabian and I currently reside in Prince George, BC. I am the IT Coordinator and Instructor for PGNAETA (Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association) it’s a long acronym. I teach MS Office courses along with basics computer and security courses. I travel a lot going into various First Nation communities in Northern BC teaching these courses.

I have Bachelors of Commerce and over 20 years experience working with IT. I am accomplished web/graphics designer and photographer/ videographer – all self-taught.

I love everything about technology and hate it also. But I do love teaching it.

Hello 2015

January 13, 2015 | EDDL 5141  |  Leave a Comment

Just want to say hi to the EDDL 5141 class. Looking forward to meeting you all.

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