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CoETaIL

Reflection on CoetailCast #9 – iPads in the Classroom

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October 21, 2013
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                                I have been out of the multicolored COETAIL loop for a while.  Up to my ears in iTunes accounts and passwords, I have to say that I barely missed it, until I met up with a whole COETAIL crowd in Singapore.  Then I realized how much I missed it.  I am so thrilled to...
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Big Picture Little Picture

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March 25, 2013
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In these months leading up to our delivering our final projects to our COETAIL colleagues and the world, I have been vacillating between several different mindsets and worlds, all of which bear writing about.  Of course, life has dictated that I write about none of them.  Here I begin to try.  Maybe talking about...
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“One day you will be defined by your digital footprint, and you are about to take your first step…”

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May 13, 2012
“One day you will be defined by your digital footprint, and you are about to take your first step…”

That is the announcement that all Kindergarteners should be hearing as they get up from the rug and approach their computing machine for the very first time.  As soon as they start clicking keys and swiping screens they will be building a portfolio, intentionally or otherwise, that will define them in their future.  As I explored how we...
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AUP revision – a collaborative conversation.

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April 28, 2012

For our final project I partnered up with Andre De Koker and Sarah Leonardis. We work in three different areas of the world, and our schools have different needs and challenges. As a result, our intention is to use one another as sounding boards for our process as well as our ideas. This Google...
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Beyond Technology and into Citizenship

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April 24, 2012
Beyond Technology and into Citizenship

I have been talking to colleagues and  thinking and reading about digital citizenship lately, starting with asking people for their definitions and then getting into more specific understandings. The digital part of the term digital citizenship refers to a community in which the children that we teach are living a large and important part of their lives....
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Creating a Sharing Community

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April 21, 2012
Creating a Sharing Community

It’s a tough nut, the one about teaching students not to infringe copyrights, not to download music and movies, etc etc.  I have been reading lots of posts about it, and there are many ideas.  The most difficult thing is the many of us do those things ourselves, and so it is an empty...
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What’s So Funny About Copying, Transforming and Combining?

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April 10, 2012
What’s So Funny About Copying, Transforming and Combining?

It seems like the copyright issue, especially as explained by Kirby Ferguson in his Everything is a Remix (Part Four) video, is another example of how a brilliant idea, designed to ensure the vitality and creativity of a society, has mutated into a different, far less inclusive and enlightened idea. I think that Ferguson...
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Privacy, Flipped

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April 5, 2012

Privacy is about what we want the world to know about us, or what we want the world to be able to see about us and our life.  I have read some great COETAIL posts about whether online privacy actually exists at all, and posts about the degree of control that we are able...
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Regarding Digital Literacy (or Literacies)

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March 26, 2012
Regarding Digital Literacy (or Literacies)

Much of “technology time” in schools is spent in preparing students to become digitally literate, in one manner or another. All schools are somewhere along the continuum of edtech enlightenment, and the range of what is out there is amazing. Some are teaching how to open and save Word documents, others are showing their students...
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Course 1 Final Project – Grade 2 – What Kind of Learner Am I?

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March 18, 2012

I have been working with my class this year on becoming more reflective learners.  This is no small task in lower elementary, and after adjusting my expectations a little, we have been enjoying our small successes together.  Reflection is a skill that requires practice, and we worked on it in several forms.  Our goal...
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