C2W1: Digital Footprints…Time to Thin the Herd…

I can’t fathom being an international educator and not having a “digital footprint”.  In this day and age, I just don’t think it would be possible.  Certainly an international school would not want to communicate with me via snail mail, although it does make one wonder what the hiring process was like 25 years ago.  I…

C1W5: Twitter as a Link & as a History Book…

How is technology changing the learning landscape? For me, the number one benefit of technology is the connections to other educators.  For example, today I saw this tweet from  KIm Cofino about an article regarding second grade teacher who created a Twitter and Instagram account for her class, and after a fashion the teacher turned over control…

C1W4: Buddy Miles and the American Civil War

First a nod to Buddy Miles and “Them Changes“.  Okay, now that the sixties are out of the way, let’s kick around the idea of changing how I teach… How am I changing what I do?   (Short answer: I am planning to change my next unit of study, with the assistance of my students.…

Memories, Puzzles, and Herring

I have three thoughts about the readings this week. The first is a trip down memory lane, the second is a puzzle, and the third is a red herring. The readings for COETAIL this week reminded me of being a student at the U of M.  The better classes always modeled how they were suggesting…

Week Two: Networking…Value Added

  If I were asked to mentor a new teacher I would try to share with them the value of the connectivist approach, and hand the teacher a copy of Church’s “Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy“.  The latter would help a teacher prepare for tomorrow’s lessons and the former would help make the new teacher an important…

Week One: Learning to Network…Strike Two

I have been doing a poor job of networking.  As I read through Chapters One and Two of Reach I realized that I have been doing the network process about half way.  I have had a Twitter account for a while, and I have a collection of educators whom I respect a great deal (Diana Laufenberg,…

Getting Started

Don’t you hate it when the photographer catches you when you are not looking.  Here I am at the end of a middle school chapel. I can’t wait to see where this CoETaIL journey takes me.  Fingers crossed.