Michael on September 30, 2013

In his article, ‘In Connectivism , No One can hear you Scream’ (2013),  Keith Brennan takes a swing at MOOCs with his statement ‘ experience is the proving ground for Theory’ and his contention that connectivism is not working for all students, especially for novices. In his view,  inexperienced individuals all start at different bases […]

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Michael on September 23, 2013

Kanuka starts and ends her paper with a quote from Elias & Merriam, 1980, p.4 ‘…action without philosophical reflection leads to mindless activism”. Why we teach what we teach will impact what technologies we employ and how we employ them. Having the administration dictate to the faculty, with an across-the-board policy, will lead to little […]

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Michael on September 22, 2013

I have taken a look at the Education sites below and I find that the articles that are published  there are in keeping with the work that we are doing in this course.  There are many ‘How-to’ tips for the un-initiated and great examples of digital courses that are working with good results. http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ http://theedublogger.com/2013/05/16/google-reader/ […]

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Michael on September 22, 2013

I still struggle with this new world of blogs and RSS. I stumble along by trial and error and ‘Help’  but I am not always successful. For instance, I have been trying to post my Introduction under EDDL 5111 but I can’t get through. I will be seeking help from my fellow students, my prof […]

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Michael on September 22, 2013

My computer is a dual-core HP with 8 gigs of RAM and a 64-Bit Operating System, Windows 7 Home Premium. I use Google Chrome as a browser and I have Java 7.40 installed. All works well with Blackboard. I now see the connection between JavaScript and Oracle and between Netscape and Mozilla. I had wondered […]

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Michael on September 17, 2013

The State of Technology in Trades Education Education in the Construction Trades is generally faced with a narrowly defined socio-economic group. The apprentices (referred to as ‘rednecks’ in the U.S.) usually grow up in the business, a family business. The expectations placed on them from a young age is that they will take over the […]

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Michael on September 16, 2013

1.4 I read Prensky’s article first and I felt sad that I was indeed a dinosaur. I was amazed by the impact that it had on me. I began to think about retirement, in order to give the the ‘net gen’ a fighting chance. It was only after reading Bennett et al that I returned […]

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Michael on September 16, 2013

Part 1: Technology Skills Use terminology related to computers and technology appropriately in written and oral communications. 4 Describe and implement basic troubleshooting techniques for computer systems with related peripheral devices. 3 Describe and implement basic troubleshooting techniques for computer systems related to connecting to a network, including the Internet.3 Describe and implement basic troubleshooting […]

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Michael on September 8, 2013

My name is Michael and I live in Ottawa. I am married and I have 4 sons and my wife has 2 daughters, and we are enjoying an empty nest. I am a carpenter by trade. I completed my early training and licensing in Fort St. John, BC. I currently teach carpentry at Algonquin College. […]

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