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  • ifeoma 7:57 pm on October 14, 2011
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    http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6723753.html I found the above article interesting and inspiring. and so thought I would share it.   The author has made points and suggestions that got me thinking. I find that some of his suggestions already exist as standalone platforms or different technology but the common denominator is still the Internet which can be leveraged […]

    Continue reading A Vision for E-books, Ipads and all there is Posted in: Week 06: eBooks
    • David William Price 9:58 pm on October 14, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Good article. It pretty much mirrors my comments about integrating social notes into the reading experience.

      I think part of the problem is that many people with social anxiety bury themselves in books, and many people who direct their anxiety into interactions avoid the discomfort of spending time reading. Both sets of people would benefit from turning reading into a social experience.

    • Deb Kim 9:44 am on October 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the interesting article, Ifeoma. And good point, David.
      Collaboration among the sets of people you mentioned would be a good way to gain their social experience through eBook reading.


    • Karen Jones 11:06 am on October 15, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      This article caught my eye when I was researching a comment on Struggling Readers and Ebooks (Oct. 13), as well, Ifeoma. Lankes’s conclusions parallel the progression of other digital technologies that start by imitating the traditional non-digital formats, then move to incorporate social learning communities of Web 2.0. Now for a technology that personalizes the experience of reading – hello Web 3.0 e-readers!

  • ifeoma 6:49 pm on October 12, 2011
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    I would say that my first encounter with e-book would be from subscription to a free one from a tech e-news letter, this was long before I ever heard about e-readers. About three years later, thanks to ETEC I encountered e-books not to mention Google scholar. Between demands from news feeds, checking emails, ETEC course […]

    Continue reading E-books/e-reading Newbie? Not really. Posted in: Week 06: eBooks
    • Kristopher 1:15 am on October 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ifeoma,

      I can also see that there is a link between how much reading we do online that makes an eReader a little more enticing. It is sort of like the amount that we do on the go now has sensitized us and set the stage for eReaders.

      I have found that with MET I am not commuting and have not felt the same way about carrying textbooks, but I would have done anything in teacher’s college to not carry five or six text books to all day classes.


      • ifeoma 7:04 pm on October 14, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Kristopher,
        Yes the availability, portability, accessibility and ubiquity of technology is well demonstrated in its use in learning and that is what makes it appealing and enticing. That same reason makes it easy to acquire technology and not explore it’s effective application in some case. Novelty has a big role to play. I guess that is why as EVA in training we need to analyse each one to make a careful determination of it’s effectiveness before investing $$! You mentioned that you find that with ETEC you are not commuiting. That is so true, cutting travel costs is one of the advantages of online learning and one reason schools adopted online learning.

    • Everton Walker 6:29 pm on October 13, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      It is very convenient. I too downloaded the bible and it is so cool to read it from the BB. I am assuming the ebook gives that same kind of feel. The more I talk about ebook, the urge is coming on stronger to get one and explore. Maybe I also need to seek sponsorship to source ebooks for my practicing teachers to assist them on their practicum.


      • ifeoma 6:41 pm on October 14, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Everton,
        Good thinking about sourcing sponsorship for ebooks for your practicing teachers. I would like to know how you and these teachers may be able to form a professional digital community of practice with the e-readers. I am thinking that if the practicing teachers had a common page in something like an online tag tool where they could organize files, folders,and web bookmarks on the ebooks they find online, they could create their own joint reference library. Where different people collaborate and share ideas. It is what they do with it afterall that will make the pedagogical difference.

  • ifeoma 6:14 pm on October 4, 2011
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    This game allows you to pretend to be a farmer in a third world country (Africa). It is a family of 4 (2 adults under 30 and 2 children under 9), with very little money. The children put in 38% labour each into the farm work while parents put in 100% each, The children have […]

    Continue reading The 3rd world farmer game review Posted in: Week 05: Game-Based Learning
    • themusicwoman 12:36 pm on October 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Dear Ifeoma,
      Thanks for the great breakdown of what seems to me to be a fairly engaging and educational game. One of the concepts that game based learning pushes is the immersion of the player into the game and this certainly proves the point. There have been a number of games over the years that build on this idea. I played one that had to do with Chinese dynasties and until the workers learned how to do certain things, I wasn’t able to “graduate” into the next technological age. The Age of Empires series does the same. However, your game is from a much more “recent” time which can teach the immediacy of the situation. Thanks for the contribution.

      • ifeoma 3:04 pm on October 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I definitely was immersed in the game and because i grew up in aAfrica and have a good sense of the context most of the concepts that were being brought up were not alien to me and so it was quite close to real life for me. I think the game is a successful one in terms of immersion.
        Personally, I think people learn more when learning is situated for them and this game scores an A for that from my point of view.

    • jarvise 2:23 pm on October 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      I played this one too. On my second year, I allowed a company to store their ‘harmless barrels’ on my land, and one of my kids died. Pretty depressing.

      What I find interesting about this game, and the Spent game as well, is that there is a sort of authentic “will you ever win?” feel to it (just like real life). There are no hard and fast rules, and you have to deal with whatever the fallout is from your decisions and move on. There are some serious life skills here. Maybe this is an advantage of GBL.


      • ifeoma 2:53 pm on October 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Jarvise, I couldn’t agree more with you that this game teaches life skills and I might add with ease. I was particularly awed by the influences that were factored into the game including the fact that being pregnant was a factor too 🙂 It is a serious game for getting kids to understand cause and effect. I really enjoyed t,Thanks to your grup for opening my eyes to the potential lying within GBL

  • ifeoma 5:34 pm on October 3, 2011
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    My gaming flashbacks take me to remembering my first job which was also my first encounter with computers. Not knowing how to find my way around was frustrating because my colleagues all seemed to be having so much fun playing games at lunch or after hours on the network. I really wanted to join in […]

    Continue reading Gaming flash back Posted in: Week 05: Game-Based Learning
    • themusicwoman 12:52 pm on October 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the post! You’ve certainly mentioned some key things that gaming can help with such as team building. And i remember losing a few hours to Doom as well. I can still remember the key strokes!

  • ifeoma 7:44 pm on October 2, 2011
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    Jon Barker, President and CEO Desire 2Learn, an engineer, innovator, and pathfinder who following an unsatisfactory experience in his undergraduate years, decided to do something to challenge the way teaching and learning has been perceived and conducted. Jon studied engineering in theUniversityofWindsorwhere he laid the foundation of what would today become an innovation in learning. […]

    Continue reading Desire2Learn Posted in: Week 04: Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    • carmen 11:10 am on October 5, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I’ve used Moodle and Desire2Learn, and I think the two are often being compared. Since Moodle is free while Desire2Learn has a $30 license fee for every full time student, Moodle is developing very quickly. Because more and more people are using moodle, it is easier to get technical help from the internet/teachers around.. As far as I know.. what the two LMS’s have to offer are similar.

  • ifeoma 7:23 pm on October 2, 2011
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  • ifeoma 5:53 pm on September 22, 2011
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    Hi all, Does anyone know why I have not been able to view replies to posts? I keep getting the 404 error page each time I click on a reply to a post, including replies to my own posts. It seems to be working intermittently, or am I the only one it’s happening to? Ifeoma

    Continue reading I can’t view /read replies Posted in: Uncategorized
    • Everton Walker 6:22 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      It’s fine with me. Have you tried other browsers?


      • ifeoma 7:44 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Good thinking Everton, I will try other browsers. i use Chrome now, which I find more stable than IE or Firefox these days but I did find a work around which is going through “recent posts” link under “Home”.

    • Jim 6:49 pm on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Try clicking on your browser’s “refresh” button after the page loads. Perhaps that will help? Otherwise, be sure to try different browsers as Everton suggests… one of these should work: IE, Firefox or Chrome…

      • ifeoma 7:42 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Thanks Jim, I tried that but it didn’t work. going through, “recent posts” link under Home seems to do it for now.

    • mcquaid 4:24 am on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Mine was a little glitchy last night as well, but in a different way – posts would show up in duplicate, and when I would use the browser’s scroll bar, the page title at the top would have (NaN) repeating on both ends, more and more as I scrolled. Weird.

      • ifeoma 7:40 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Well, I am glad, I am not the only who noticed. As a work around, I clicked on the “Recent Posts” link under “home” and selected the post I want and I can see the comments. I hope that helps for a while at least. In your case if you are using IE, you may want to shut it down and restart it.

    • David Vogt 5:42 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      There have been some intermittent issues from different locations globally – if the symptoms persists take two aspirins and call the doctor in the morning. No, seriously, check with the weblog support folks – they’re pretty awesome usually, and get back to me if it isn’t resolved.


    • ifeoma 7:38 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for your prompt response David. Some good advice there(made me laugh out loud). I found a way around it hopefully, by going through “Recent posts” link, I see the entire list of posts and clicked the one I want and I can see my replies. I will definitely contact the weblog support if this work around proves ineffective eventually.

  • ifeoma 5:59 pm on September 21, 2011
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    My initial impression of the WEBook pitch is that it is well presented for a less than one minute pitch. If I would want to know more about any of the 4 examples given, I would incline toward WEBook for the following reasons: The pitch started by Identifying the company and the industry or terrain […]

    Continue reading WEbook- Catchy! Posted in: Week 03: Analyst Bootcamp
    • Everton Walker 6:41 pm on September 21, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I am also interested in exploring webook too. Even though she left a lot of questions to be asked, the conviction with which she presented overshadowed a number of the loop holes. The massive figure and the equal split was a deliberate ploy which caught my attention. Even though it is a workable idea, it will not be that easy and that kind of figure and market penetration will certainly take some getting.

      • ifeoma 7:50 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I agree with your comment that “that kind of figure and market penetration will certainly take some getting.”
        She sure sounded confident enough to make the figure sound like something that would happen easily which is why I asked the question about how long it took to get to 1500 book projects. Is 50/50 share industry standard? or is it he catch phrase to attract her target audience? I wonder. As an investor if she is giving more profit margin that would the regular publishing market, that’s a plus too.

    • Angela Novoa 8:49 am on September 22, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      As Everton I am interested in Webook too. About the pitch, I think it is very difficult to succeed and provide all the information that is required about a product in such limited time. But as you, I had the same doubts about the product.

      • ifeoma 7:59 pm on September 23, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        I minute is indeed a short time to provide a lot of information but I must say that she did a remarkable job of it- at least in my opinion. There definitely will be doubts for any EVA I would think; because that is what they are trained to do and that is why the doubts are good as it will help to make the critical decision once properly investigated.

    • khenry 5:21 am on September 25, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ifeoma,
      I agree with your comments to Angela. An EVA has to be more critial and work with their standardised tools/ guidelines rather than just the romance of the product. It offers standards, credibility and a level plain for critical analysis.


  • ifeoma 8:42 pm on September 11, 2011
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    Hi all, My sincere apologies for this late introduction. My name is Ifeoma. I work as an IT Support Assistant with the Provincial Principal’s council and I live in Toronto Ontario  . My duties include providing hardware/software support to staff as well as providing support to school Principals, Vice-Principals for the online professional development courses. […]

    Continue reading Hi All! Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • Deb Kim 9:44 pm on September 11, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Ifeoma,
      Nice to meet you in cyberspace as well. 🙂
      You are almost done for the program. How’s your experience taking the MET so far?
      I’m also looking forward to working with you. Welcome to the course!


    • ifeoma 11:55 am on September 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Deb,
      It’s been a great experience for me and as I inch closer to the finish line, i know I will miss ETEC studies but i guess learning is a continual process so I will concentrate more on application of knowledge acquired to the work place. That is why I am really excited about ETEC 522.

      • Deb Kim 2:16 pm on September 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Ifeoma,
        Thanks for sharing. I’m half way through the program but I’m sure I’ll miss it as well.

      • andrea 8:19 pm on September 12, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Ifeoma, I’m also in my 9th course and wonder about ‘life after MET’. I’m looking forward to finishing the program, but I’m also thinking about (worried about?) how I’ll keep learning and stay connected with the trends and research. It will be a big change 🙂
        Looking forward to working with you this term!

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