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Improved…but still have a long way to go

As I think about the technology I use in my classroom and reflect back to how much I was using prior to COETAIL, I do have to say I have learned a lot and improved in some ways. Often, I would just add technology because it was expected, but I never really thought about the…

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The Future is Bright

“How do you prepare children for the future when you are not even sure what the future will be?” I remember my professor back in 2001 asking me that question prior to my completion of my teaching degree. I spent days researching and writing my massive response (all saved to a floppy disk). Little did…

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Bring back playtime!

I’ve read more and more about how schools are reducing recess time, putting in pedals on chairs so children can move while learning, or eliminating free time altogether. I often wonder how this continues to happen when there are so many studies and educational systems in other parts of the world that provide definite benefits…

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PBL…Great ideas popping up everywhere!

Project based learning (PBL) is defined by Wikipedia as: A student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or…

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“We are all Technology Teachers”

I’ve been teaching many years and have seen the different forms of technology, but I had always been too nervous to dive in and try some of it, I just left it for the technology teacher. I have been doing myself and my students an injustice by having technology seen as a separate subject. I…

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Back to school night revamped (Course 3 Final)

After all the readings and learning about designing a good presentation, I decided early on that my final project was going to be redoing my back to school night presentation (This was fresh on my mind from the most recent back to school night in early September). I will admit, after reading Design with Better…

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Thoughts on infographics and visual note taking

Infographics seem to be everywhere. I had just finished watching the presidential debate and before it even ended, I noticed different infographics displayed that listed several facts, key information, and data  about the debate. Even though I listened to the debate, I learned much more by looking at some of the infographics created. I had…

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An attempt at digital storytelling

Each week as I’ve read more about presentations, I continued to revamp and think about the back to school presentation I will fix up. This week was no different, however, after reading Holly Fraser’s post Finding My (Presentation) Zen, I began to think about how I can also use presentations in the classroom more effectively.…

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Still thinking

I had a lot of a-ha moments while reading week three’s suggested readings and watching the videos! I was very excited when I read the article Story Telling Advice from Akira Kurosawa and watched his video because I immediately thought of the Writer’s Workshop in my kindergarten classroom.  Akira uses an analogy of writing a…

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There’s so much more to a picture!

I always love looking at pictures and nice designs, but I had never really thought about all the design details that go into it. If someone were to ask me why I liked something, I would simply say, I like looking at pretty pictures (very simple, I know).  However, as Linda Burmark stated from Visual…