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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Too Many Apps for that!

There are currently over 80,000 Educational Apps on the iTunes store. 80,000+ AMAZING, INTIMIDATING, DIFFERENT, SIMILAR, DAUNTING APPS to choose from and more are coming every day! Part of me wants to run out, explore...

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Goodbye Quiet Time. Hello Genius Time!

Self-Directed Learning is something I have wanted to implement into my classroom for a while now, but I’ve never been able to make the leap. Since time will always be an issue, I’ve decided...

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Time for Tinkering, Messing & Innovation!

Student Choice + Student Engagement = Authentic learning  Sounds so simple, right? But how do we actually do this as educators? (Isn’t there an app for that?) The Connectivist learning theory puts the student at...