• Avatar of Aaron Reed

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    "...the end of the beginning"

    I would not have guessed back on January 22 of 2013, as I typed my first COETAIL blogpost, that I would begin this ending blogpost (five courses and 38 blogposts later) with a fractured quote from Winston Churchill. As I reflect over these last fe
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    More Ninja than Cookie

    cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Derek This blogpost is a crosspost from the Coetail Coaches Blog. As I cruise through some of the first blog posts of our new Coetailers, there is a common theme running through many of them. Pe
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    Edu for a new Era?

    What are schools of the 'future' starting to look like? In the Netherlands more than 10 "Steve Jobs" schools have starting teaching according to the principles of the O4NT, or Onderwijs voor een nieuwe tijd (Education for a new era), which emph
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    Here a Mooc, there a Mooc, here a Tweet, there a Tweet...

      Coetail Course 4 Week 4: Connectivism Learning Theory Assignment 4:  Will education as we know it change because of technology? Where and how will you be teaching in 5, 10, 15 years time?  How does connectivism apply in your cla
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    Digital management: or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the device

    Let me see, some way for teachers to ensure that digital devices are being properly used, monitored, and managed in classrooms? Hmmmm, Dr. Strangelove, do we have anything like that in the works? cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by F
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    eBooks and Avatars T Minus 4

    [youtube]http://youtu.be/39G0dqCpuq0[/youtube] If you have been reading my prior blogs, you might be concerned that I have left out reading as a core library focus. Rest assured books and literature will remain as the cornerstone in this innovatio
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    Playing in the Classroom

    I have to say, among the many 'tech in ed' jargons I have heard in Coetail, 'gamification' is one that I have not heard used a lot before reading all those articles.  So here's how I understand gamification in education. How I understand gami
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    The Early Elementary McTwist

    [caption id="attachment_239" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Hani Amir via Compfight cc[/caption] A McTwist is a snowboard, skateboarding move where the rider does a 540 (one and a half turns) while upside down. This picture does n
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    Need another reason for why tech education is important?

    * s i g h * After THIS inane debacle -- by the country that is host to some of the most sophisticated technology and successful tech companies in the world -- we may never really need to make much of an argument for the need for technology in educ
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    What's on the Horizon?

    Each year,the New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking and the the International Society for Technology in Education produce the Horizon Report, with one report on K-12 Education and additional reports on higher education and on
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    A few more things on Gamification

    It's great to see in your blogs so many of you embracing gamification and an equal number (or more?) of you struggling with gamification. That should be the space we are in during this course. Two more quick things about gamification as we wrap up we
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    Starting to put it all together

    cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alexander Henning Drachmann What am I going to do this school year -- in terms of technology -- that will help my art students to learn and grow? In terms of education generally, we hope we've move
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    COETAIL Coaches Idea

    During the Learnign2 COETAIL Meet Up we asked those that attended how we can improve COETAIL. Marcello Mongardi from Oman along with others asked “What’s next”? It was a great questions that Kim and I weren’t really thinking about but now are
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    We’ve Got Badges!

    The badge movement in education is something I have been following and wanted to implement into COETAIL and I’m exciting to say we finally have. We are working with Mozilla Open Badges to allow participants to receive a badge that they can display
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    Fear, Courage, Creativity and Learning

    One of the last acts of Learning 2.013 in Singapore was Jeff Utecht's talk about taking on something seemingly impossible in your learning environment. What is your Moon Shot? he asked. I felt pretty comfortable running through the options in my mind
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    Re-visualizing myself

    cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo shared by David Blackwell. COETAIL course 3 comes to a close. I'm not sure why I'm drawn to this opening semi-apocalyptic image at this point.  But I can think of two possibilities: one, it's easily the mos
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    "Back to School Night" Presentation Makeover Using Zen Design Principles

    As suggested by Jeff Utech at the beginning of the course, I tried to use my new skills to rework the back-to-school night presentation with the hope that it would save me some time at the beginning of the school year next year. By combining betwe
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    Collaborative Remix

    Remix and Fair Use:    In his article : “On the Freedoms of Remix Creators”, Lawrence Lessig responds to some of the critics who argued on his 5 to 10 minutes short opening speech, on a panel at Vimeo’s Festival+Awards. The title of the panel
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    Remix culture has long been a staple in art class

    When making artwork, where do students' ideas come from? Often they come from the things they know and like. Kids know a lot about dinosaurs, so they draw dinosaurs. Kids love princesses and Transformers, so kids make princesses and Transformers. And
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    Feel the Fear...and then what?

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240"] Some rights reserved by anguila40[/caption] I have never believed in fear.  Or regret.  I still don’t believe in regret; it’s a useless emotion that often leads to guilt.  That doesn’t mean I
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    Zen Presentation

    This is a presentation I started for an international festival the school was to be attending. When we were talking about what we were going to display, I suggested that we put out iPads with a photo slide show. The idea was for people to come up and
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    The right track

    In an earlier post, I mentioned that the teachers at my school have been working with NoTosh to incorporate Design Thinking into our school curriculum. During our professional development workshops in August we learned more about what Design Thinki
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    BIFF: Busan International Film Festival: A Digital Story

    As I have promised in my previous post on digital story telling Fly, Fly Away….with Digital Storytelling I am adding a movie which I created using iMovie. I will not spend much time writing about it- I hope that you enjoy it. The movie is about 
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    Cource 3 Final Project: The HEISZ NATION Science Experience

      It's done. For this Digital Storytelling project, I decided to create a video highlighting what my science program is all about. I've collected a huge amount of photos and video from all kinds of activities from every course over the yea
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    I remixed a remix, it was back to normal

    An option to use remixing in a class for me would be to present students with classic product design like the following eames lounge chair. Their task is to remix or redesign the product to reflect their own design aesthetic. This would be done with
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    presentation aesthetic

    Design technology hopefully encourages students to develop their own design aesthetic which will continually evolve with exposure to new designs and styles. I use presentations to outline sections of design portfolios and my presentations similarly e
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    Course 3 Final Project - Amateur Tutorial Videos

    It was a bit embarrassing but I did it. I created blogger tutorial videos and they all include my face!  :P This was an exciting project for me because I absolutely love editing videos.  But I did want to challenge myself a little bit with th
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    A New Way of Looking At Things

    Sometimes ya just need a fresh perspective. I've been reading up on the "Remix Culture" that is becoming more and more mainstream as I write. The basic idea is that you take an existing piece of work and break it up, overlay it, underlay it, chunk
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    An Infographic on Infographic

    When I read the title, Course 3 Week 5: Infographics and Data Visualization, I casually presumed “infographics as visuals and graphs that present information.” Wikipedia defines “Information graphics or infographics as graphic visual representa
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    angolan clips

    I used the video floating around my iphoto to put together a short clip in imovie. Great fun stitching shots of friends together. This is the first time I have used imovie and the interface is brilliantly intuitive. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com
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    Fly, Fly Away....with Digital Storytelling

    Having to work on a digital storytelling (video) had seemed as a daunting task, that I have not been looking forward to, over the last couple of weeks. However, as I was working on a 'slideshow' through Roxio Photo Show, a few of our readings from we
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    Pie charts in art class??

    cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Kevin Trotman The opportunity to create an infographic for art class is a good thing. It actually would help me get across a point to students (and adults alike) that I struggle to make at times. 
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    Stepping out collaboratively ...

    What I find interesting about many of the new technologies are that they are intentionally collaborative. We are constantly bombarded with how to be, and the importance of being, collaborative. So much so that it is considered a 21st skill by the Cen
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    Selling Research -- Course 3 Final Project

    Last week I posted an infographic about the "Simple Seven" research process I created. I was asked to present the process to the faculty here at our school, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to tell a digital story of why we need
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    #GoodbyeBreakingBad

    Did you watch it?  The finale of all finales?... ... ... Do you even know what I'm talking about?  If you don't, it's cool.  It's only a matter of time before you decide to binge-watch all 5 seasons of the best TV show in television history, Break
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    Week 3: So Many Tools

    Can someone define for me what are the essential technological tools to be successful? Does it really matter if you're proficient at blogging, or navigating the Internet or an avid twitter user or can remember how to C++ programme? Or is it our appro
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    ICS swim Team Preparation (Infogrpahic)

    On this infographic information I have tried to demonstrate the ICS Swim team's preparation and precaution for the swim meet.The ICS Swim Team is going to travel to Uganda for ISSEA swim meet in November 22nd 2013. As a coach I tend to give different
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    Digital storytelling in art class

    In art class we often discuss the idea of non-verbal (i.e. visual) communication. We ask "Can you communicate visually?", "Can you tell a story without words?". [caption id="attachment_183" align="alignleft" width="1000"] Chalk-storybook-cover-by-
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    Course 2 Final Project

    With three colleagues across the two primary campuses of our school in Ho Chi Minh City  we have discussed and wrote an AUP for our school. We will present this to the SLT in the hope that they will adopt it across the school. It is not meant to be
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    Visual Imagery

    According to the article written by John Medina about Brain Rules, “We are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you’ll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you’ll remember 65%.” Visual imager
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    Visual Chart

    This tool is super cool, bubbl.us.  You can click on the bubbles to expand the information.  This function enables the presenter the ability to open discussion one step at a time without overloading the audience. Very easy to use and embed i
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    Presentation 101

    This is such an awesome article on presentation.  And I agree with the author when he says that, it is really difficult to judge the quality of a presentation without any knowledge of the context.  It is almost like teaching.  Depending on ho
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    Week 3: Finding Your Voice

    Welcome to Week 3! As we enter week 3, by now you should have: read and completed all the units up to Week 3 in the "my courses" tab written at least 2 blog posts commented on at least 2 blog posts from either our cohort or around the web
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    Cyberbullying

    After attending the first class of the 2nd COETAIL course, I really started thinking about the magnitude of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying happens when a minor is harassing another minor through the use of electronic devices. In this digital age, we ar
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    Slides, slides, slides...

    So I reflected one particular slide from a recent presentation we gave to parents to see how I could improve it. Garr Reynold's analysis on slide presentation certainly made some great comparisons of slides and questioned the best way for the infor
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    Realizing the Power of Remix

    Remix culture gives me a topic in which I can explore a broader concept with my students.   I love having conversations with freshmen about connections.  Students consistently ask why we study math or history or science and it opens up a dialog tha
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    Racing from Complacency

    Man, am I one lucky teacher.  And I'm not just writing that because I'm riding out a four day weekend for the Moon Festival in Taiwan.  I'm lucky for lots of reasons:  the kids in my school are unbelievably motivated, I have small class sizes, my
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    Tools for the networked classroom

    I've just read the New Bloom's taxonomy- wikispaces page by A. Churches http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+and+ICT+tools This is an amazing resource page where Churches list many tech tools to practice the different thinking skills, like a
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    An exploratory digital story

    The main focus of today's COETAIL class was learning about digital storytelling and then creating one of our own. I explored Alan Levine's site 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story here, and watched his video of the same name: So, I chose to try
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    Remix Culture in Advertising

    You Tube is a treasure trove of remix videos. The video that I have embedded below was posted in 2008, and has been reused by many others since then. It combines a number of features present in successful advertising videos - it is short, contains so
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    Sidenote: Let's Mess Around

    Doing these blog posts that are up for public searches and views made me think about something I often struggle with: Copyright. I wanted to just use and upload images that I find on Google Image, but I started thinking about how do I cite my reso
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    Intellectual Property for the Global Citizen

    As I explore the notions of public use and intellectual property, I find myself returning to the same issue: sharing is important, but to what extent? In general, when a person has something, there are situations where he or she should share and ther
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    Coetail Blog Redesign + My Classroom Website

    For our first assignment in our third course, we were asked to redesign our blog and reflect on the changes made.  I was a little bit stuck on where to begin, because I had already put work into my design and was happy with the aesthetic. When I
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    Digital Try Outs

    An original iMotion HD movie I made while geeking around with cool props that were made for my first year in Japan.  The video has been remixed during our second face to face for course three, coetail. Lots of research, investigation and the
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    Roosting on RSS

    I'll be honest with you, right now I feel like an anxious chicken. See, I have these precious ideas, these delicate e-gems and I really want to share them. But I don't know if they're ready yet- if I'm ready to let them go. How long should we roos
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    "found" imagery

    I’ve created a lot of image-based presentations so the Presentation Zen approach--while new to me by name--wasn’t mind-blowing to me in concept. I think many art teachers are more comfortable with using images over words. [caption id="" al
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    Wisely In Touch

    While reading the article, “Teaching Media Literacy: Yo! Are you Hip to This?” by Renee Hobbs (a prolific writer, speaker, researcher and curriculum designer in the field of media literacy education; a director of Media Education Lab at Temple Un
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    Fall Cleaning

    Wow! It took me way too long to get to this blog post.  I have been trying and trying to adjust my theme and haven't been pleased, lost a few things and eventually went back to a similar theme and built things back up. Reading the articles, I rea
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    Transforming Curriculum

    Curriculum design is never an easy process. It requires much discussion, collaboration within and across grade levels, and constant review along the way towards a package that endeavors to provide the resources for delivering material that is engagin
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    Tech Integration- The African Way

    This blog began life as a test. You see, I needed to check why my new blog theme was not working the way I thought it should, based on the theme layout. So I created this title as a TEST...and then while working on it the power went out at my house.
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    Branding Troubles

    Northern Ireland's modern civil conflict - a 30 year conflict fought amongst only 1.5 million people in a region of only 5,345 square miles, and which left more 3,500 people dead - was known euphemistically throughout its duration as 'The Trouble
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    Thinking creatively in TOK

    [caption id="attachment_98" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo Credit: ~Alia~ via Compfight cc[/caption] In my search for a picture to use in this weeks blog I was drawn to this one - I think it has potential as a catalyst for discussion about
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    To power-point or not to power-point - that is the question!

    As we do every year in the third week of school, the High School invites parents to come "back to school" to experience, in condensed form, 2 days of their child' s classes' in a matter of a couple of hours. Teachers make every effort to present thei
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    LIS Reads - LIS Lê: Books & Images!

    Combining Text and Imagery We're doing a year of reading at LIS, and the primary librarian and I recently held our LIS Reads kick-off celebration to start the year off. Since we're reading Wonder as a whole school (with alternatives for both our you
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    Small little changes of design

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="320"] Photo Credit: Wesley Fryer via Flickr[/caption] In the article, Understanding Visual Hierarchy in Web Design, Brandon Jones says, “Good visual hierarchy isn’t about wild and crazy graphics or the
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    Tutorial - Google Drive - Preview Mode

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="512"] Preview Icon - Looks like an Eye[/caption] During our COETAIL class our instructor (Tim P.), talked about sharing.  He began an interesting discussion on how a lot of people use the Internet, but on
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    The uncommonly creative use of Creative Commons

    The use of imagery in a visual art class is, perhaps obviously, a key component.  Last year I created and used 34 individual slideshows -- each with a specific function tied to a particular unit of study -- in my classes. I also created over 30 inst
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    Cut it down

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="642"] Original source: Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views. / United States. / States / Minnesota / Stereoscopic views of the lumber industry in Minnesota. (Approx. 72,000 stereoscopic views : 1
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    Less is More is Me

    [caption id="attachment_91" align="alignnone" width="300"] http://jakndaxta.deviantart.com/[/caption] I've always tried to preach and practice this throughout my career and life. Well, maybe not the younger part of my life; that was a bit excessiv
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    One down, ten to go!

    Week One of the Coetail Course has been completed and I can't believe how much I have already learnt. I knew I was a little behind in regards to the use of technology, however after reading Jeff's preface, I realise I am lazy 8 years behind him. Howe
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    Who decided what we need to know?

    Relax, close your eyes and think back. Remember when you were at school? How was your classroom set up? Where was your teacher? Where did you sit? What do you remember learning? Why did you learn it? Still relaxed? When I do this I end up with gr
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    Katy Jean Vance wrote a tagged post :

    Getting a Facelift

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="232"] Photo by Flcikr user James Mutter under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0[/caption] Oh, how I had been dreading this week's assignment! Reworking websites that you put so much time into making in the first place takes s
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    At the risk of talking too much

    Repetition  Repetition  Repetition  Repetition Repetition Repetition  Repetition  Repetition  Repetition  Repetition Repetition  Repetition  Repetition  Repetition REPETITION REPETITION  REPETITION  REPETITION  REPETITION Can help ma
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    When is it appropriate for students to develop an organized presentation of their work?

    @yiskp on Instagram Reflection helps us ponder our past, present and future intentions, challenging us to suspend judgement and an assumption that there is a ‘right’ way of achieving. I would invite the children to discuss their pieces. T
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    Web 2.0 Dictionary

    Johnson's Web 2.0 Dictionary "Charity in the dictionary" by Howard Lake, Flickr: Creative Commons A @: the "at" symbol, introduced by computer engineer Ray Tomlinson in 1971, helps send emails over a network of computers. Store keepers used this
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    Ceci Gomez-Galvez wrote a tagged post :

    A Rose by Any Other Name...

    According to Juliet, had Romeo had any other name, he "would smell as sweet", meaning, no matter what Romeo called himself, she would still love him... aaawww.  But Shakespeare didn't live in the digital age, no sir.  The dude wrote stories that ha
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    Fighting my own prejudices

    “We live in a screen age, and to say to a kid, ‘I’d love for you to look at a book but I hate it when you look at the screen’ is just bizarre. It reflects our own prejudices and comfort zone.”     ~Mark Prensky, Education and Technology W
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    Devita Villanueva wrote a tagged post :

    Tech class: It is not about the tech

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="500"] Photo Credit: arbyreed via Compfight cc[/caption] Integration of technology can happen at any time,whether in classrooms or in computer labs, and in every subject. Purposeful planning with the classro
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    A Novice

    At the beginning of COETAIL course, each of us was required to create a blog which I proudly and successfully did. I say proudly because on my cover page stands the magnificent golden pagoda (Shwedagon Pagoda). This image is a geographical, cultura
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    Messing Around with Voice Comments

    One of my goals after completing Coetail was to continue to blog and stay involved in the community. After spending time messing around with Google Voice Search on Friday at a PD day, my colleagues and I decided that we needed a Google Doc voi
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    Silence is Golden

     Or so they say. It certainly didn't do Buster Keaton, Chaplin or Harold Lloyd any harm... [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwls7oS-MHI[/youtube] Or Mion Sasaki for that matter. What? Don't remember her as a female icon of the silent film e
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    Tags Bring Us Together

    One of the most exciting updates to the new COETAIL site (for me anyway) is our new tags page. You can find it on the home page here: What this new link does is pull together all the tags used by all the users across the COETAIl site and creates a
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    Visual Literacy Matters

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="157"] Window to the Soul? Portal for learning?[/caption] Feeling pretty proud of myself...yep, I made an infographic all by myself! Well, maybe with a little help from Piktochart. And, a little help from the
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    Yin Mon Aye wrote a tagged post :

    Seeing is Believing!

    COETAIL brought me something new again. My prior knowledge tells me that communication is the key.Now, this is my new belief- Visual communication is the key. After I read "Life on Screen : Visual literacy in Education "by James Daly , I believe that
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    "Are you tired of the same old UGLY blog posts?"

    cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Nemo's great uncle "Well, then look no further! Welcome to Japan's first Aesthetically Pleasing Blog Post Helper!" (cue calliope/circus music)... Obviously, I watch enough television that I have
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    Add a Google Plus Widget to Your Sidebar

    One of the readings in the first week the third course talks about how many people look for information about the author of a blog in the upper right corner. I am not sure about how much I agree with that, but I do like when I read a blog and see rig
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    Infographic Aftermath

    [caption id="attachment_80" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: Daniel Zeevi[/caption] I was dubious and doubtful about the infographic I had made. Despairing, almost. It took an eternity to come up with something that looks like it could have be
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    The first hurdle

    Ok, so just sorting out the online grade sheet was challenge enough for me so I am slightly anxious about the technological journey I am going to experience over the next few months. However I am ready to embrace! After spending an hour trying to res
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    Lissa Layman wrote a tagged post :

    My blog design

    Creating my blog As a perfectionist, I wanted to make sure that my COETAIL blog looked decent before I unveiled it to the world (and wrote my first post). I first chose a color palette that was appealing to me using Adobe's Kuler. After picking my W
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    X all the Y.

    Cleaning House. Kinda. Perhaps overused, I figured this was an appropriate meme that tactfully sums up what I did to my blog. Thanks, Know Your Meme, for providing the template. Reasoning and Preferences. As indicated by my header signature, I en
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    New year, new image

    A new school year and a new look for this blog site.  The header image had been irritating me for a while as it didn't really reflect me or the ideas in the blog and did little more than remind me of my time in Japan. I have put off changing it a
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    Overview of “Twenty Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web"

        Every day we use the internet to explore the web and to teach, but how much do we or our students actually know about the nuts and bolts that allow the internet to function so smoothly for us at home and school? The Google Chrome
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    Iconic

    How can we communicate with our students more effectively through good design and attention to visual literacy skills?  One idea I came across involved utilizing icons.  An icon is a simple picture or symbol representing an idea, concept, or a
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    My Lazy Eyes...

    I must have blogging ADD.  I'm quite sure of it actually.  I have about 8 blogs spread across blogger, wordpress, and tumblr.  But, just as we enter course 3, I've decided I'm going to force myself to stick to a few on one platform for now. One
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    Redesign

    “Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition.”  - Freeman Thomas 1.  Admit the Truth I have always kind of hated my blog.  Since my first post last February, I have nev
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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    [caption id="attachment_63" align="alignleft" width="225"] Photo credit: DD (2.5 years old at the time)[/caption] The old adage "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" rings true with me when it comes to design and decisions people make about desig
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    Presenting The Zen Way

    This week I have been learning how to make a good presentation. Two things that really have really stuck with me is simplicity and story. In his blog - From Design to Meaning, Garr Reynolds quotes the cognitive scientist Mark Turner to explain  t
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    Space & Design in the Nick of Time

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] Photo Credit: AlaskaGM via Compfight cc[/caption] As I was watching Jeff's Introductory video on Visual Literacy I could easily agree that all the many school presentations which we know so well ca
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    INFO in GRAPHIC form

    Infographics are said to be an effective way to help us view and understand information. Does this only apply to data that concerns numbers? Can it be used to help students remember certain grammar rules? I hope so and I thought I'd try it out. I sup
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    Making the message clear

    During back to school night, my traditional role is to be in the lobby meeting parents, answering questions, helping them find their way and just being present.  However, the past couple of years I have had my own session as I teach a class.  I hav
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    The eportfolio as a tool for collective reflection and storytelling.

    Student led conference, 2013 from Zoe Page on Vimeo. Example of  sharing and reflection with parents. How does reflection fit into the portfolio development process? Why is it important?  Dr Barretts describes reflection as the heart and so
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    Who is involved in the implementation of eportfolio's and how will you inform them?

    Identifying stakeholders in the portfolio implementation process and developing an initial communication plan for each stakeholder group. An example of student self-documentation chosen for the class blog, which could go in an eportfolio. K
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    Visual Literacy- Improving Parent Communication

      Improve my Weekly Class Newsletters                                                                                          -For three years, I have been weekly class newsletters on a wordpress site.
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    What You See Is What You Learn

    I completely agree with the authors of this week's readings that visual literacy is a critical competency in our increasingly aesthetically-minded education universe.  The proliferation of 1 to 1 programs that move the process of learning from teach
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    Don't Just Teach Writing, Teach Visual Literacy

    How do we handle the information bombardment? We can't escape it. We adapt. David McCandless draws and eloquent picture with how much data is taken in by the senses. Visual images take the lions share but most are unconscious that we look at and d
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    From Bewilderment to Frustration in 12 Months

    Twelve months ago I had no idea what a blog even was.  Then I joined YIS where every teacher and student in the middle and high school manage their own blogs.  I knew I needed to tech up and to tech up fast. Well, twelve months later and I now ha
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    What are the benefits of an eportfolio?

    How can we share information-Kyle's idea. from Zoe Page on Vimeo. Child self-generated documentation on how to share information. In my opinion a portfolio is a merit-based celebration of learning. An eportfolio offers young children the oppor
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    “Techno-Klepto-Mania”

           Classroom educational movies and videos downloaded from Keep Vid … Music used for teacher, student, or administrative presentations from MP3 Skull … Talent show performers and performing arts classes grabbing sheet music off of Pirate
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    Noli Timere: "Don't be afraid"

    The Poet Seamus Heaney died this week and his last words were  "Noli Timere" (his beloved Latin) texted to his Wife minutes before he died.  So in recognition of a great poet, in acknowledgement of modern technology (he texted his last words) and w
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    Copyright in the Age of Remixes, Mash-ups, and Universal Access: How Do Educators Teach What We, Ourselves, Don't Fully Understand?

    The above graphic attempts to explain issues of copyright solely with regards to university course materials.  Clear as mud, you say?  Well, join the club--the copyright confusion club.  Confusion and misunderstandings abound with regards to c
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    Let the Force be With you because Design Matters

    After reading Life on the Screen: Visual Literacy in Education one thing that resonated with me was 'why are we still teaching in  the same way we did 100 years ago'? This was an interesting article where George Lucas makes a valid argument for the
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    Flipped Classroom Adventure Begins...

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Image by akhilkay.deviantart.com[/caption] Last year I started hearing the term "flipped classroom". And I heard it a lot! I was intrigued. I mean, even the name is an attention-getter.  What is the
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    Have you taken care of your heart?

    Everyone wants to be healthy so we hope to live a long life as we get older.  We exercise and eat right and try to get enough sleep.  But many of my students with special needs are unable to make healthy choices and many overeat unless someone
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    Welcome to COETAIL!

    Phew! I don't know about you, but this has been a busy start to the school year at YIS! We've only been back for a few weeks, but we've already accomplished so much, and we're gearing up for lots more! And now it's almost time for our online cohort t
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    Proactive, Not Reactive

    By now, everyone has heard of cyberbullying, so I will not bore you with definitions and statistics. I will, however, include a couple of ugly snapshots of its recent effects. Early in August of 2013, a 14-year-old girl, Hannah Smith, committed suici
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    “HELP! I Need Somebody HELP! Not Just Anybody” The Beatles

    When I sat down this morning to tackle the topic of fair use, I got the same sinking feeling we all got when we met for our COETAIL cohort yesterday. The variables that we had to consider were so many and so complex that we all probably considered r
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    Presentation Zen and C.R.A.P.

    I have come to the conclusion that I need to hire someone to handle all of the visual aspects of my blogging/teaching/etc... All of the research and blogs out there are correct! A picture is worth a thousand words...If, that is, you find the right
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    What's your vision for eportfolios?

    Happy Hula-Hooper from Zoe Page on Vimeo. Example of the social process of documentation by all stakeholders We have been asked to write a vision statement about eportfolios. I found Dr Barrett's Google presentation  on drafting vision sta
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    Communication Lesson with Media Literacy

    I have been re-learning what I know and believe about visual literacy.  So I thought I would combine my updated knowledge with this week's lesson plan.  We are practicing communication and conversation.  Students were given a list of "tips" for ho
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    The power of a picture!

    APPLE What is the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word "apple"? ( We are sort of cheating here as I have written it out for you.)  So in this instance you may look to the picture of the word above and that what comes to mind.  When I
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    IF A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS.....

    At Seoul Foreign School we have just adopted a set of skills we call Essential Competencies.  This list identifies the skills we think are necessary to promote life long learning. They are to be developed across all subject areas and and all grade/
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    Course Two: Agenda for Saturday

    Course two of the COETAIL program focuses upon the human behaviors associated with connectivist technology. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"] By Nancy White CC Attribution Some rights reserved[/caption] The 21st century learner has
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    Is the Internet Our Garbage Dump?

    cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by James Emery People say that once something is on the Net, it can’t be deleted. If you store something in the Cloud, for example, even if you later decided to trash it, there would still be a copy of it s
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    Art Appreciation Step By Step

    One of my goals as a classroom teacher for quite some time has been to begin art lessons with some 'art appreciation'. I've had a very vague idea that art appreciation means something like looking at pictures and smiling - which is probably why I hav
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    Stop Consuming and Start Producing

    After thinking about issues like copyright and pornography, I feel the need to think about more optimistic topics. While not exactly a feel-good video, PressPausePlay does make me feel excited and energized about the future. [youtube]http://www.yout
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    Makeover Madness

    As I sat down to write this post, I was reminded of my teenage years. I had a number of jobs during those awkward years, but the worst one by far involved the stocking of shelves with random stuff in a massive, soul-less store starting at 5 in the mo
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    Welcome to Course 3

    WOW....how time flies. Feels like just yesterday we were wrapping up course 2, creating AUPs and looking at ways to keep kids safe online. I have had a pretty good summer of wine tasting, travel and of course baseball. I hope you all had a restful
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    Searching the Amazon Way

    I love shopping on Amazon in Japan. I love the fact that I can shop for and buy merchandise from the comforts of my own home, often with next-day delivery. I can take my time and think about my purchases with no pressure from the salesperson. If I ho
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    A Candy Crush Summer

    And we're back.  International schools all over the world are either getting ready to gear up for a new school year or are up and running like well-oiled machines, SIS being the latter.  It feels great to be back :)  Students have grown a couple o
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    Copyright: A Must

    cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Nancy Sims One of the most powerful videos that I have ever watched while taking this COETAIL course is What is the Future of Learning. It completely blew my mind with its message on what we should be
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    Iceberg of Assumption

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240"] Some rights reserved by Rita Willaert[/caption] In my early days of teaching, I studied several theories of language acquisition that have influenced my practice over the years.  One of these was the
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    Age Appropriate, yet Special Education USER friendly

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150"] Symbolstix creates independence[/caption] The biggest hurdle a High School Special Education Teacher has, is providing age appropriate materials and programs that are also user friendly so that the stu
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    More popular than Google and Facebook!

    Watch out Google and Facebook - here comes a website which will become more popular than both of you - mrpaulsclassroom.com! Or so I thought a few years ago when I made it. I'm very proud of it actually - the website teaches children numbers, l
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    Creative ways to perform partner balances.

    Incorporate the correct start,balance and finish into performance
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    AT A GLANCE!

    [caption id="attachment_58" align="alignleft" width="240"] Visual Literacy[/caption] THE IMPORTANCE OF VISUAL LITERACY In an era of information dominance it is only fitting that we should look at how we can effectively access information. Frank
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    It All Depends on the Audience

    When designing a website, poster, presentation or other visual, it's imperative to consider the audience for whom the product is intended. This is particularly true of electronic media,  of which today's viewers much of their waking hours. As an
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    Slovak documentary film competition Cinematik.doc harvests a good year

    One of two competitive sections at Cinematik IFF is a competition of Slovak documentary films named Cinematik.doc. The international jury will give Cinematik.doc Award to one of 11 films made between September 2012 and September 2013. Velvet Terro
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    The Meaning behind the Madness

    You may have noticed, if you have ever visited this site before, that my blog has had a bit of a ... facelift. More on that in this blog post, however, I thought I might share the motivating factors behind this change. During our most recent class/g
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    Extreme Blog Makeover - COETAIL Addition

    After reading several blogs and websites about visual literacy, media communication, and the multiple languages of expression, I took a good look at my blog and asked myself what exactly I was communicating. This is what I started with: [captio
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    Course 2 Final Project (Finally!)

    This post was actually written over a month ago, however I couldn't gain access to my blog all summer. It turns out that it was something to do with my theme and recent upgrades to the Coetail system. Anyway I am glad that it is now up and running an
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    New from Apple iEau

    Apple fans please don't take offense, I love Apple products, but couldn't resist posting this spoof when I spotted it on wastetoomuchtime.com This name works well in Singapore as the expression Aiyoh is one of unpleasant surprise.  
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    Some Subtle Changes

    After reading about the helpful web design visual tips found in Understanding Visual Hierarchy in Web Design, I decided to make a few changes to my blog design and layout. The changes weren't major, but I think they help make the overall look more co
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    Jeff Utecht wrote a tagged post :

    Preparing for Back to School Night

    Mike brought to my attention that for those of you working at SFS that your Back to School Night is in two weeks time. Feel free to jump ahead to week 3 in the course to find the videos and readings on creating a presentation. Might as well make less
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    Are we communicating fully?

    As I promised in my fall trends post...here are some of my additional thoughts on communication. What if everything we did came back to understanding fundamentals of communication and teaching our students how to communicate?  Math no longer is j
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    Fall Trends

    It's that time of year... fall fashion is hitting the stores and school is starting.  I Love fall fashion time!  It's not only my favorite time of year...fall clothes are my favorite to wear.  Bring on the boots! [caption id="attachment_119" al
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    Online Design

    I am struggling with the assignment to redesign my blog, because I have already put hours of time and thought into it. What's Good I chose the lotus image from my own photos, taken in Vietnam, for its aesthetic and symbolic significance and wor
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    Hello Chennai!

    Welcome back to school and a new year of learning!  We will kick off the new school year by starting a CoETaIL cohort in Chennai at the American International School.  This Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (CoETaIL) is
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    ReDesigning My Blog

    From our readings this first week of course 3, this quote from Understanding Visual Hierarchy in Web Design, by Brandon Jones struck me as important and well-put: ...as web designers, our task is to break down that raw information into delicious lit
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    Meeting Point Europe Competitive Section

    Under the auspices of the International Federation of the Film Critics FIPRESCI  The competitive section is a profiling part of each and every film festival. Cinematik comes with a unique and original concept of the main competition. In the main
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    Alain Resnais: Cinema of the Brain at Cinematik

    Cinematik IFF is holding a retrospective dedicated to Alain Resnais, one of the finest auteurs in the history of world cinema.  Cinematik-goers will have an opportunity to see 10 features, 6 short films and an omnibus film in which Resnais took part
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    Creating Positive Digital Footprints

        William M. Ferriter, in his article "Positive Digital Footprints", defines digital footprints as: “"the online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know"  Students are beginning to create these life
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    The Curator's Code: The Art of Online Attribution

    When students write a research paper according to the MLA rules, there is a clear and definable set of guidelines for them to follow so that they properly attribute their source material. Indeed, we as teachers demand proper citation and ad
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    Jeff Utecht wrote a tagged post :

    Welcome to Course 3

    WOW....how time flies. Feels like just yesterday we were wrapping up course 2, creating AUPs and looking at ways to keep kids safe online. I have had a pretty good summer of wine tasting, travel and of course baseball. I hope you all had a restful
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    Program Begins February 3rd

    Starting February 3rd, Jeff Utecht will start a fully online COETAIL Cohort. We have had a lot of interest in this is cohort. So it is important that if you sign up for this Cohort you are committed to seeing it through to the end. Here's what yo
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    Course Begins September 9th

    Starting September 9th, Kim Cofino will start a fully online COETAIL Cohort. We have had a lot of interest in this, our first ever September start, and space is limited to 25 participants. So it is important that if you sign up for this Cohort you a
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    Nick Corben is recognized as a Global Classroom Lead Teacher for 2012-13.

    We’d like to formally congratulate the Global Classroom Lead Teachers for 2012-13. We are proud to work with such an amazing group of international educators, who are shining examples of teachers who “connect, learn, share, collaborate and l