The Extend Studios are where all the Extend participant action happens. Below are descriptions of the three different studios: The Daily Extend, The Activity Bank, And the Domains. Visit this page to “Meet the Extenders”, see the current action, and learn about the different cohorts (past, present and future!) running through the modules.

The Daily Extend Activities

The Daily Extend is a set of activities that help you to practice your media and networking skills while you explore new technologies or approaches to designing learning activities. You are invited to try the Daily Extends and to share your experiences, curations and creations via Twitter BY tweeting to @ontarioextend with the hashtag #oextend

Activity Bank

The Activity Bank is a place to see the kinds of things other people are doing with the Extend module activities. It’s also a place where you can share what you have done with those activities. It is even a place where you can add more activities. We call it a bank because you can put stuff in and take stuff out. Let’s make it a wealthy bank!

Domain of One’s Own

A Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) is a place on the Web that you personally manage and design. There, you can choose what you share and how you represent yourself online. Your Domain is more than a blog or a website. It is an entire digital space that is yours. You set up the domain and use it to create a personal portfolio that belongs completely to you.  It is a way to truly be an open learner and educator.

The DoOO premise is different from most online activities that operate within infrastructure built by large companies or institutions (e.g., the Learning Management System, social media sites, Google Tools). While simple to use, these platforms often exchange convenience for personal information and flexibility. With Domain of One’s Own, you are in control. Digital identity and data ownership are at the core of this practice. It’s about creating a digital presence, learning how to use digital tools, exploring the possibilities of digital spaces, and defining who you are online.

As an Ontario Extend participant, you will be learning in the open: having a domain of your own is key to this experience.

Choose Your Domain Pathway

Imagine, as you begin your Ontario Extend journey, you are an artist looking for a studio space to work in. What are your options? You can rent a shared studio space, get a whole studio for yourself, or you could even build a studio from the ground up. These options are analogous to your options for your Extend work. Depending on your time, finances, and skill set, you could:

1. Get a free hosted site

WordPress, Wix, and Blogger are examples of free sites you can get if you haven’t done any of this type of work before. This will be your easiest pathway to get up and running as an open Extender. This does not preclude moving in to managing your own domain in the future (the next option). If you want some help, see WordPress Essential Training on Lynda.com.

2. Purchase and manage your own domain

Reclaim Hosting, Digital Ocean, Pantheon, 101 Site Hosting are web hosting services that allow you to take real control of your domain and to expand to subdomains and beyond. See the DoOO guide that was created for the Ontario Extend Summer Institute  to help you decide if you’re ready to head down this path.

3. Use Your Current Site

Maybe you already have your own domain, or a site you coded or host yourself. That’s wonderful! You’re the expert and we will leave you to it.

Just remember that Ontario Extend is driven by sharing. That openness is what will give this community life. So, if your work is hidden inside a folder on your desktop or behind a login, you may want to consider bringing it forward for others to see.

The Domain of One’s Own resources are modeled after the resources for the Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) that were created to support the Ontario Extend Summer Institute.

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