Technologist – Application for Module 2 Ontario ExtendmOOC

The criteria for this are as follows:

  1. Reflecting on their digital literacy for teaching.
  2. Identifying of a learner challenge.
  3. Mind-mapping and selecting an educational technology to help address this challenge.
  4. Developing, obtaining feedback and refining a prototype of a technology creation.
  5. Connecting the technology to their curriculum.
  6. Sharing their technology creation.
  7. Reflecting on the design thinking approach used to create a technology-enabled solution for a learning challenge.

I have to admit I struggled with this module. Once I found the right challenge to address and threw myself into it, it went a bit easier, but I still feel somewhat dissatisfied. 

After finishing…although to be fair I have yet to implement the tech creation I identified…I realized that I’d been trying too hard, and believe that actually I had already completed this module in my own way before the module released. 

So below are two things: first, my official application based on what I did in this module. And secondly, a recap and link to a project I just finished that actually does meet most or all of the criteria. I leave it to the Badge Credential folk to decide if it is worthy.

Official Application

1. Link to reflection 

2-6 Learner Challenge – international students and paraphrasing/citation. I chose to use the app Paper to go through the identification of the challenge, the mind mapping process, the ideation. I uploaded the app to my blog and you can see it all here…a screenshot is below. 

I also participated in a number of the discussion boards eg: Get ‘Em Moving is one of my contributions to someone else’s issue below.


To be honest, I found some of the sidebar activities confusing . I looked at both the Sections Model and the Technology Evaluation Rubric, and while both were interesting, I find it a little overwhelming to use. I have to put some more thought into this, but I tend to try things and then reflect, and my current reflection tends to be more holistic. 

I did enjoy the forums, reading and responding to some of the other extenders’ ideas and sharing their triumphs. 

Really like the Design Thinking Feedback Grid…and will definitely use it. 

7. This is my reflection. My solution was to go old school to best serve the needs of international students, but to also offer tech support. One flaw in all if this is that I haven’t yet had time to create this tech… it’s more a spring project, and to be honest, I’m usually kept to busy to dedicate time to this kind of project.

But the process got me thinking. And I realized that I’d already actually gone through this process on my own time in January. So I offer this as part of my unofficial application.

Student Voice Project …for consideration as evidence for Technologist Badge

The post is here. It includes a link to the podcast we just finished too. But let me quickly reiterate why this project fits using the  criteria above. 

Reflecting on their digital literacy for teaching.

  • I reflect on digital literacy all the time. I have no evidence, except Twitter and this blog.

Identifying of a learner challenge.

  • I teach communications courses to a mix of students, and wanted a way to approach cultural diversity and inclusivity while also meeting communications objectives, and without making students do a lot of writing the first few weeks (as writing can be intimidating)

Mind-mapping and selecting an educational technology to help address this challenge.

  • I decided to have our communications project be discussion followed by the development of a podcast so student voices could be heard 

Developing, obtaining feedback and refining a prototype of a technology creation.

  • To be honest, I didn’t do much of this. I got some help from podcasters, and threw myself into self learning based on my own research. This might be a flaw in my personality. I’m not sure. 

Connecting the technology to their curriculum.

  • This part was easy. The planning and research allowed students to integrate communications skills every class, and the final project fits the course objectives around multi-modal communications. 

Sharing their technology creation.

  • See link in the original post about this project.

Reflecting on the design thinking approach used to create a technology-enabled solution for a learning challenge.

  • Again, I do reflect fairly consistently. For this podcast project, I also had students reflect on the four week process. 

Final Thoughts on a Sunday Morning.

This is a really long post. I suspect this hints at my general state of mind with this module, not really quite sure if I was hitting the right notes or not. I like technology, and am often pioneering the use of it in my classroom. I do it thoughtfully,  not wanting tech for tech’s sake, but I don’t carefully analyze it ahead of time. I suppose I use things I’m familiar with (at least a little), and I’m willing to take risks, explaining that (and thus modelling it) for students. It works for me so far, but based on my work in this module, I’m going to look at my processes with a little more deliberation. 

And even saying that, I realize why I operate the way I do: it all comes down to time. There never seems to be enough. It’s taken me days just to finish this post. 

Thanks again for the opportunity to apply for this Technologist badge, 

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