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Find tools and resources provided by the Sandbox to assist you and your students.
Book a Sandbox Studio Sandbox studios are available to both staff and students at no additional charge. Use our online booking system to reserve studio space.
Create or redevelop a digital assignment Contact us for assistance in creating a digital assignment.
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We think of digital assignments as something that inherently strengthens digital literacies. What are digital literacies? This is a great definition from Media Smarts:
“Digital literacy is more than technological know-how: it includes a wide variety of ethical, social, and reflective practices that are embedded in work, learning, leisure, and daily life…Under the “digital literacy umbrella” are a wide range of interrelated skills that traditionally fall under media literacy, technology literacy, information literacy, visual literacy, communication literacy and social literacies.”
Keeping this in mind, digital assignments:
Some examples of digital assignments could include:
Incorporating a digital assignment into your curriculum can seem like a daunting task when working with unfamiliar technology or digital skills. This is why we offer faculty the following support.
Please feel free to contact the Sandbox with any requests or questions.
Digital Literacy extends much further than mastering a set of digital skills. Digital assignments provide the opportunity to explore concepts with your students that promote appropriate and responsible behaviour in regards online presence and use of technology.
To learn more about:
See what we have to say about Digital Citizenship on our Designing Digital Assignments website.
A Sandbox staff member will be glad to assist you in reinforcing your learning outcomes with digital resources.
We can assist you in:
Our Sandbox studios are located at the Markham, Newnham and Seneca@York campus and offer a variety of resources and technologies needed to create digital content. Ranging from video recording equipment and green screens to audio recording booths and 3D printers, our aim is to provide users with access to our equipment and the support needed to complete digital projects.
Learn more about our Sandbox studios.
All Seneca users can reserve studio time at a Sandbox studio. Users are encouraged to work on both their academic and personal projects.
Group work is welcomed at the Sandbox as long as the user who reserved the studio is present during the session.
Our studios will always have a staff member present to set up and, if necessary, troubleshoot the technology. Our staff have been advised to not integrate themselves into a user's project, whether it be in pre- or post-production, as we aim to provide users with an authentic learning opportunity.
Users are able to reserve studio space through our online booking system.
Users are encouraged to explore and take advantage of the resources available throughout the Sandbox's website. Under the create tab, users can find a variety of how-to guides, tip-sheets and templates aimed to assist them with their digital projects.
Workshops that reinforce the concepts or digital skills required to complete a digital assignment are hosted by the Sandbox and run throughout the semester. Users are able to register for our workshops through our online registration system. We recommend that faculty take the opportunity to coordinate with a Sandbox staff member prior to directing their students to our workshop.
Some examples of workshops the Sandbox currently supports
The Sandbox team is ready to assist you in creating animated, screen captured and live action videos. We have the tools, the space and the know-how to assist you in making your content more engaging.
Why use videos in our teaching?
Whether you use videos from YouTube or from your library’s streaming video collection, videos are an excellent teaching tool to use with your students.
Some of the benefits include:
But keep in mind…
“…the integration of DV [digital video] technologies into subject teaching does not automatically improve the quality of work or standards of attainment; high quality teaching remains the key factor in raising achievement…” (Reid, M., Burn, A. & Parker, D., 2002).
Create Learning Resources
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|ScreenCasts||Creating a Screencast|
|Narration||Tips and Guides on Recording a Narration|
|Consult our eLearning and Digital Literacies Librarian and create a digital assignment for your class.|
The Sandbox supports all Seneca users with their class assignments, their personal projects and in enhancing their online brands and social media.
Schedule a class tour of our studio where a Sandbox staff member can introduce the Sandbox, direct your students to our online resources and answer questions. We can cater the length of this introduction to fit your class' schedule.