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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Visual imagery is a powerful tool, especially in today’s digital age. But how can I make the images I use with my students stand out from the hundreds, or possibly thousands of images my students see on a daily basis? People are more likely to remember your content in the form of  stories and examples,…

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CARPe DIEM- Seize the Design!

During course one, I had a little go at revamping my blog. I wish I had some screenshots of the very original site, but alas, I did not have that much forethought. These are some screenshots of what my blog looked like at the end of Course 2. Along with my self-reflection.      …

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Course 2 – Final Project

  My COETAIL journey. 2 courses down, 3 to go. So where am I with my new learnings and discoveries? I enjoy the art of blogging and reading and responding to the insightful ideas and perspectives of people in our cohort and my new and increasing PLN. Over the past 4 months, I have learned about…

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Power in the Palm of your Hand

I have learned so much over the past ten weeks of my COETAIL journey. The World Wide Web is a wonderful place where new and exciting things are happening every day. With information literally in the palm of our hands, the opportunities, roles, and responsibilities of teachers and students have changed drastically. Penpals have been…

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It Takes A Village… Raising Positive Digital Citizens

The responsibility of teaching students to be positive digital citizenship lies in all of us. In order to create responsible, digital, prosumers, teachers, and parents must join together to create and follow best practice in digital etiquette. Sounds easy, right? In fact, it’s getting harder and harder to do this every day. The Internet is growing…

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The Culture of Copyright

  Back in 2012, Beijing hosted the World Intellectual Property Convention. (ironic, I know!) As blissfully unaware expats, we knew something was up when the Knock-Knock, Pearl Market & Yashow were only selling I Love Beijing t-shirts. Click here to read more about the convention. My expat friends and I were devastated. Where were we going…

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Is There Privacy in the Internet Age?

  Explicitly teaching students about the importance and the intricacies of privacy online is as important as teaching students reading comprehension strategies. As 21-century educators, we should be teaching students developmentally appropriate ways how to cultivate their digital footprint and digital privacy from the moment we begin to integrate technology with our students. With my fourth graders,…

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Your Digital Footprint – Create With Care

  Having a digital footprint is (arguably) unavoidable in today’s day and age. As digital consumers & transitioning prosumers, we use the Internet in countless ways throughout our day. Being aware of the online persona we are creating is imperative in order to be a successful 21st Century citizen. Having a purposeful digital footprint can help international…

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Final Project Course 1

For my final project, my teaching partner-in-crime and fellow Coetailer, Lydnsay Janzen, chose to revamp our Grade 4 Social Studies unit on Conflict and Resolution. One of the reasons we chose this unit is because (for a variety of reason) we did not teach it last year and my team is unfamiliar with it. Another reason…

Think Locally Connect Globally

With technology providing information at our fingertips, teaching and learning are undergoing a transformation. The role of the teacher is changing from instructor to facilitator. Technology has the potential to completely shift what learning looks like and who has access to it. I am hopeful that technology will provide education for everyone, everywhere. Our Grade 4 service…