The e-learning exercise for the sixth week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to create an eBook or a mobile app then Tweet a link to the book to the class at the class hashtag, #EDUC5860. I chose to explore and create an eBook rather than create an app as I’ve been a life-long fan of books and most other printed matter. Creating an eBook is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time now. Being that I really enjoy working with most Apple products I decided to use Apple’s iBooks Author app as my tool for building and delivering my eBook. I recall watching the press conference that introduced the iBooks Author app and I’ve been extremely keen to try it ever since. Continue reading
The e-learning exercise for the fifth week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to create a custom blog then Tweet about it to the class at the class hashtag, #EDUC5860. I actually created a blog component to my website when I created this site to fulfill the week three e-learning tool exercise which was website development. At this point though the blog component is beginning to take better shape as I’ve fleshed it out with more class related posts a well as a couple of my York work related posts. I’ll use this week as an opportunity to further articulate what my intention and plan for this blog is, what I plan to do differently from previous blogs I’ve worked with and what have been my most recent experiences and learnings in regards to blogs.
This week’s blog theme for my Media & Communications Team in York’s Office for Student Community & Leadership Development is get outside. We all spend a lot of time staring down at our devices or plunking away at a keyboard behind a computer screen – some more than others – and it’s crucially important to get up and move on a regular basis. The winters in Canada can be long and cold, as evidenced by the one that just passed, but the warm weather is here now so why not enjoy it?
In addition to getting some exercise, a walk and a stretch in the great outdoors can serve to rejuvenate your mind and imagination. Something I’ve come to realize as I’ve gotten older, and especially now that I’m studying again, is that we really don’t give ourselves time to reflect. I remember lying in bed for hours when I was a kid and thinking about all the day’s adventures, experiences and things I’d learned. As we get older I don’t think we do that nearly enough. As a result we become stressed, forgetful and just don’t learn effectively from our experiences.
A good walk over the lunch hour can help fix all that and if you think that York’s Glendon campus is the only place to find some greenery, you are mistaken. Check out the short video I put together over my lunch hour of one of my favourite spots at Keele campus – Stong Pond.
Do you have a favourite outdoor spot at York? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it!
The e-learning exercise for the fourth week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to edit a Wikipedia page and then Tweet the link of what you edited to the class at the class hashtag, #EDUC5860. I’ll be honest, editing a Wikipedia page is something I’ve never done. My first thought was, “how am I going to find something to edit that other people are not already on top of?”
Hi everyone, and welcome to my new blog.
Some readers may already know me, but if you’re new, my name is Mike Kasaboski and in my former role here at York University I was the coordinator of York’s RED Zone program. I’ve also been the Orientation & Student Experience Assistant, a role that saw me planning and organizing Parents Orientation, Orient the Leaders and Welcome Week; just a few of the many great events and awesome units that all call the Office of Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD) home. I’ve recently taken over a brand new position at SCLD as the Student Engagement & Media Coordinator. As part of this change I’ve handed over RED Zone coordination to Shaila Khan. She and her team are already doing amazing things in the ‘Zone, creating a welcoming space for transitioning new students and adding all sorts of new innovation.
The e-learning exercise for the third week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to develop a website based upon a topic related to the course or your area of study and, once complete, tweet the link to the class hashtag, #EDUC5860. For individual who have never created a website before the assignment was to build a basic site using one of Google Sites, Weebly or Wix and complete the following steps:
- Select a simple template to meet your needs, for example the classroom website or research project website
- Name your site and customize your URL
- Choose a theme, i.e, background image, font style, and font colours for your site
- Once you’ve created your website, upload and share one of the following content – photos, videos, slideshows, or links to documents or other online resources
For those individuals who have had previous experience with website development the assignment required you to design a site using a tool you have never used before and, in addition to the four steps listed above, embed a video into your website. Continue reading
The e-learning exercise for the second week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to explore YouTube and other video services that are commonly available on the web and to try creating a video and posting it to YouTube. The topic of the video had to relate to the class or to your area of study. For people who have created videos in the past and used YouTube it was suggested that they additionally attempt to include captioning with their video in order to provide greater accessibility.
The e-learning exercise for the first week of EDUC5860 – Issues in Digital Technology in Education was to explore Twitter. This included setting up a Twitter account if you didn’t already have one and then tweeting about the class and all things education and tech related with other members of the class and the professor. The class hashtag was established as #EDUC5860 and the class was also encouraged to try tweeting to other related hashtags such as #edchat and #elearning.