Graduated! 👨🏾‍🎓 (M.A. Ed & Tech)

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Humber Showcase 2017: #MLGA Presentation #WeAreFearless

Humber Showcase 2017

This year, I hosted my very first workshop at Humber Showcase 2017 to teach instructors how to use WordPress to build, manage and facilitate social collaboration between students, instructors and industry professionals. Through the power of WordPress, students are able to share their projects and experiences, reflect on course learning outcomes and build networking skills throughout their academic career.

Workshop Outcomes

During this one hour workshop, participants learned and discussed how to use WordPress to enhance ICT literacy skills and build online social communities that foster learning opportunities between programs, courses and industry professionals. The workshop included:

  • Setting up a free WordPress.com site
  • Choosing a theme
  • Creating Posts
  • Creating Pages
  • Creating Navigation menus
  • Writing/editing posts
  • Adding multimedia
  • Adding a poll or survey
  • Following and commenting
  • Social Sharing
  • Using the WordPress Mobile app
  • Notifications

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It’s Over… I’ve Officially Earned My Master’s Degree in EdTech!

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Today is officially the last day of my Master’s program and I still can’t believe that this two year journey has come to an end. The past two years have been an unbelievable experience for me. I have learned so much about teaching and learning and I have made so many great connections and relationships in the process. I have also learned so much about myself over the past two years and gained new insights and perspectives that I hope to share with my students and apply to my professional career. What I have learned the most from this experience is that no matter the challenge, you can accomplish anything in life, if you put your mind, body, and soul into it.

M.

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#ItsOver #Graduation2017 #EdTech #MEd #RRUMALAT

Unquote That Requote of The Quote You Cited. It Could Be A Paraphrase in Disguise.

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Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book, Future Shock is credited with numerous quotables in the realm of education technology. One of his most famous quotes is “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Forgive me if my interpretation strays from his original quote because, this is not an actual direct quote. While developing my final research paper on the integration of Web 2.0 technologies within Hackathons, I came across some of Toffler’s many educational quotes, which would compliment my research. The above quote seemed appropriate for one of my chapter introductions, so I purchased a paperback copy of Future Shock from Amazon and skimmed through the book trying to locate the quote and ensure that I would not use it out of context. After a few hours, I had no luck finding this quote in its entirety. However, I found many fragmented instances of the quote throughout Chapter 18: Education in Future Tense.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

I searched online to find out if anyone else cited this quote in hopes of finding a reference to its page number or chapter. I came across an article by Darcy Moore from 2009, which addressed the same issue I was facing. He also could not locate the direct quote in Toffler’s book. I quickly thought of the irony to this situation. Toffler spoke in length within his book about teaching the students of the future how to collect, analyze and interpret large sets of data in order to identify and clarify conflicts (Toffler, 1970). With so much information available on the Internet, it has become common to accept misinformation as fact. In short, I ended up reading the entire book and found the “quote”. Ok, it wasn’t the exact quote but the crux of it fit my introduction and context of my research. “By instructing students how to learn, unlearn and relearn, a powerful new dimension can be added to education” (Toffler, 1970, p. 211). It was perfect! As you can see, this quote has pieces of the altered requote that has been attributed to Toffler.

The fact is, Alvin Toffler’s “quote” is actually a requote from Psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy of the Human Resources research Organization who he credits in the paragraph below as saying,

“The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a new direction—how to teach himself. Tomorrow’s illiterate will not be the man who can’t read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.

Segments of Toffler’s actual quotes are actually paraphrased and have been collected, merged and adapted over time. What’s the moral of this story? If you ever come across a quote that you intend on requoting, be sure to check your sources. You might have to unquote that requote of the quote you cited. 😉

References

Toffler, A. (1970). Future Shock. New York, N.Y.: Random House, Inc.

Formatting Inline Level 3 APA Headings Using Microsoft Word for Mac 2011.

I’ve never really had trouble applying level 3 headings to my research papers in the past until now. With my final research paper submission approaching, the need for including a table contents (TOC) has made me realized how troublesome inline level 3 headings were. When I applied my level 3 heading styles, it would apply the style to the entire paragraph. Even worse, it would add the entire paragraph to my TOC. After multiple online searches, I couldn’t find any resolutions for this issue. What made things even more difficult was that I use Microsoft Word for Mac, so options like ‘style separators’ don’t exist in my version of Word. Luckily, I figured out a work-around for formatting inline level 3 APA headings using Microsoft Word for Mac; and it only takes 5 simple steps!

Formatting Inline Level 3 APA Headings

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Step 1

Step 1: Apply your body text style to the entire paragraph.

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Step 2

Step 2: Turn on Hidden Characters and place your cursor after your heading and hit the ‘enter/return’ key to create a new paragraph break.

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Step 3

Step 3: Highlight only the paragraph break icon and go to the Format menu and select Font.

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Step 4

Step 4: Check the hidden box to hide the paragraph break icon.

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Step 5

Step 5: Highlight your level 3 heading and apply your Heading 3 style from the Styles menu. Then uncheck ‘show hidden characters’ from the control menu. Voila! You’re all done. 🙂

*Level 3 headings are lowercase, bold face, and indented with a period at the end. Your heading should begin with an uppercase character and your paragraph text will continue after the heading’s period (inline).