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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
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
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?
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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
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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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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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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
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?".
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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
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
I've just read the New Bloom's taxonomy- wikispaces page by A. Churches
This is an amazing resource page where Churches list many tech tools to practice the different thinking skills, like a
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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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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
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
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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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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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
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
“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
Or so they say. It certainly didn't do Buster Keaton, Chaplin or Harold Lloyd any harm...
Or Mion Sasaki for that matter. What? Don't remember her as a female icon of the silent film e
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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"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
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
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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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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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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
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.
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
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!
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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
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
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
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
Skype-Dance Skype1 from Zoe Page on Vimeo.
Example of linking social media Twitter buddies become Skype buddies.
Which social networks do you use? What do you think are the similarities and differences between the social networking processes
I’m not a runner.
My runner friends run marathons, halves, not just one but multiple ones per year. They run before work. They run daily. Some of them can just wake up one morning and decide, “I think I’ll run a marathon today” and just do
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For me, the benefit of the Course 2 Project has really been more on the conversational level. Although Christian Acad
Working in collaboration with Clare our final project introduces the concept of digital footprint and the ability to use words and pictures to represent yourself. Students are already aware that they are on the internet, mostly from school projects
Some would say I spent the day, updating and branding myself but seriously I think it was procrastination. It just goes to show that I can update my facebook profile,
check my twitter feed,
skype my family,
book part of my summer holiday
As mentioned in my previous post, my school will be getting a set of Windows 8 tablets to use in our elementary next year.
Here are my reviews of 5 apps I found focused on reading and literacy.
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A month ago the renowned educational technology guru, Alan November, came to speak at my school in Tokyo. Though he was only visiting Seisen for a day, he pitched several ideas and encouraged us to choose a few that resonated and experiment with them
Self starter programs help get projects from ideas into reality. Take for example the Kickstarter website. Where creative projects are independently created and people pledge funds for the projects to become reality. Earlier this year I receiv
I have been fortunate enough to appear in three of the school magazines recently. The Banner (top) is a publication aimed at students, parents and alumni. The second is from the Tech Crewsaders (bottom) which is a High School publication focused on t
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Cyber bullying is something that comes up fairly regularly in discussion in teacher training and within the classroom. In fact, my team
When asked, "What do you remember about the AUP, the document that you all signed at the beginning of the year?" my students responded with one of two options: "What is AUP?" or "Are you sure we signed it?" (Some of the responses of my students wer
"The fuss is not about how blogs work
but what people like you do with them" -Lee LeFever
"Web logs" or 'blogs' started in the late 90s but have changed the way we are influenced by information. More than ever before the voice of the i
For our Course 2 Final project, I attempted an AUP for the home. Here's what I came up with:
I made an infographic to accompany the Family AUP. It was a fun time-suck, and I can highly recommend Piktochart. I titled the infographic "Acceptable
In our COETAIL Course 2, we explored the current issues the 21st Century learner had to face as regards to new technology, access to wide ranging global communication, and the overabundance of information. In the current technological world, we, as
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Dealing with internet safety issue, Scott McLoud in his blog 26 Internet safety talking points brings up a very good point, such as:
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When I first created my gmail account, I used the internet connection for chatting and for emailing purposes basically, and was quite exit
For the last five weeks, we've been in endangered animal mode in grade five. We've been crusaders for the environment, for animal rights, for the dwindling populations of species unique to South East Asia. And man, can I tell you, it's rewarding bu
I appreciate Valerie Strauss’s reposting of John Merrow’s article which argues this: While our kids may be digital natives, we must teach them how to be responsible digital citizens. I couldn’t agree more.
Cyber bullying is one aspect of
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"There's no bullying problem at my school," Boyd, 2010. Well, actually there are a few issues with bullying. However, due to the fact
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In an effort to help families guide their children towards digital citizenship, what do you see as the key points to managing/encouraging connectedness in the home?
'Everything old is new again,' (Peter Allen)
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Common sense tells us that copyright is a good thing to protect the creator of new original ideas. It also tells us that to have a new and original idea is ext
Powerful readings this week that I strongly agree with and hope to be launching my students into. New literacies of the 21st century.
The ecology of society is in flux! Changing, and reforming at an incredible pace. This pace is present wo
Here is the agenda for Saturday's last face to face meeting for Course 1. Remember that I am asking that final project posts be finished by May 12, 2013. Altogether, your grade sheet needs a minimum of four blog posts, four comments, and your final
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The internet can take you anywhere at anytime. It is a like the sun shining through a window to the world sitting on your computer screen just waiting for you to
One of my students asked me if I knew of any good advertisement sites. I told him I didn’t. When I asked him why, he said, “I want to look for sexist advertisements and use those for my WT1, but I’m having a hard time finding them.”
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees,
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Behold my first photo with credits! Mmh I'm starting to get the hang of this!... And hungry ;
The topic of copyright was hanging over my head all week like a massive dreary cloud of legal mumbo jumbo. Once I started to tackle it from an art education perspective, however, I discovered a mountain of exciting sources and possibilities. So many
I love Creative Commons, because it helps me with my kleptomania.
I always thought if I used images or videos online, that meant it was fair game. I mean, if you posted it on the internet, wasn't that part of your privacy committing suicide? Hence
"If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics."
- Physicist Richard Feynman
I felt this way as I waded through the legal briefs, conflicting arguments in blog comments, and other convoluted rationa
Wow! Privacy on the web. It's a lot to take in. We all know to be careful with our privacy settings, but it is always a shocker to hear/read what people are really doing with our information. I used to think that as long as I was careful about the
Humans are still waiting for the copyright period to expire on silverware. 3.5 million years ago, Lucy, a young Australopithicus Afarensis copyrighted the creative idea of eating utensils. She came upon the invention while attempting to scra
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In March 2013, I took a SUNY (State University of New York at Buffalo) course about Learning Styles which led me down another path related to technology in
Gone are the days where “for your eyes only”, meant actually that!
With the internet and technology exploding in the way it has, and with all our day-to-day online activity, it is virtually impossible to keep yourself and your activities priva
Privacy, does anyone actually care anymore? When you think about it and discuss this with your friends and colleagues and your students. You will get the same response "We do care about our privacy!". We are indeed concerned about what data is re
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Sharing used to be an exchange, but today it's a declaration. Online sharing in digital era is different because we have bigger audience. We think
When I first read about the Ohio teen Alyssa Douglas who tweeted about assassinating Obama, I laughed in disbelief and thought to myself, “Who does that?” I also laughed at the ignorance of an anti-Obama teen Kristin Neel’s tweet about moving
Course 5 - Final Project Summary
Goals for the project:
To research ways to integrate forms of digital communication in a school/classroom. To enhance relationships and collaboration between teacher
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It’s comforting to know that many share my sentiment that “I’m probably not doing enough to protect my privacy” b
It is all a bit scary to think about what kind of information is out there. Why is it all collected? I know it is mostly for marketing but it is incredible to think of what my shadow might include. Upon doing a bit of research on myself, I got a li
I spent some time Googling myself this week, and I walked away with mixed emotions. I have spent time and effort monitoring my social online presence for years. As a university student, I joined Facebook at age 19 and appropriate online behavior was
Things I know exist. Browser history, Google's incessant data mining, FERPA, COPPA, online ads, and a handful of other things I can't think of off the top of my head affect my life on a daily basis, often without me realizing it. Admittedly, I shoul
This week’s assignment couldn’t have come at a better time, since walking into my classroom last Thursday I was rather anxious when I was greeted by the words of my title for this post. My initial reaction was “I wonder what these little critte
Short of worms, you could probably convince me to try anything. I love food. I love food. Al dente pasta sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan; medium-rare 16oz fillet fresh off the grill with a touch of salt, pepper, garlic; steaming-hot bowl
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I can't believe how quick this first course went. I feel like my head is full of wonderful ideas, some that I knew already, some that I am trying out for the first time and m
I have been reading the blog posts coming from some of you and I am quite impressed with the high level of reflection and critical thinking you are demonstrating. I am hoping to update grade sheets this week and also get around to commenting on your
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This post can go one of two ways. My idea is to write a journal of how I solve a computer related issue that I’ve been having. This is hopefully a short post; that
Educators globally are reinventing methods of teaching to accommodate the learners that we currently have in our classrooms, as well as to reach out to those that cannot, for one reason or another, access a formal classroom. Free online college cours
Today in my least motivated math class, I was pleasantly surprised. I was walking around trying to answer questions and monitor work progress (the students were working on a test review for a test that would occur during their next class). As I w
Recently required my Grade 11 IB Business & Management students to use Google Presentation on financial ratios as part of a jigsaw activity. To my surprise, most of my students had never used Google Presentation before. One funny moment was when
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I did it. I took control of my wiki-phobia by creating a wiki-based final project that serves as a critical opening unit for my phot
Globalization, online community, innovative, collaborative...all of these words will and are describing the exciting movements and developments towards the classrooms of the future. When first reading the title the Flat Classroom, my mind immediately
This lesson plan is aimed at a Y6 Spanish class. I have not carried out these lessons yet but I hope to start this week. The children have already had 1 year and a half of Spanish lessons and I can see them improving every day. I have recently notice
My lesson is focused on developing ESL students’ language skills through blogging http://edublogs.org/. I am a beginner at using the blog myself and based on this COETAIL experience gained, I thought it would be the most effective use of my l
My course one project is a plan to implement a student designed learning experience. The exploration will be middle school wide and two weeks long. Students will take ownership of their learning and choose the what, why, and how of their project.
So, Course 1 of COETAIL is done and dusted. And now graded. I was delighted to receive such encouraging and positive feedback from my tutor, Kim Cofino, and to be honest, more than a little surprised.
Unlike 'Love' in Eleanor Brickda
Since the use of technology is sadly very limited at my school, and iPads / Laptops are not allowed in the class, the range of ideas I could use for my final project was very limited.
Being very carefully watched by admin and parents that all 6
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There were many possibilities for lessons I could use as the focus of this final project. I currently have three different science courses on the go and essentially limitless possibilities t
I've done a Multi Genre Paper project with my semester writing class, and this second semester, I'm excitedly working on tweaking it to fit our final assignment for Course 1. But while I'm doing that, I thought I'd share with you what awesome thing
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A few months ago, I came across a blog post
So here it is. My Grade 2 students have been using skitch, showme, and their blogs on their iPads for much of the year. I originally thought this lesson would only include the science, and the creation of the skitch and showme in this lesson, bu
I created a group on the Coetail site that everyone can join. We can use it as discussion board and as place to share resources and skills. I left membership open to encourage others from outside the cohort to participate.
The link is here and I e