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Technology as a Catalyst in Learning

As an educator who feels like they are working hard to keep up with using technology to enhance both student and teacher learning, I feel that the SAMR model is a great evaluation tool towards my efforts and effectiveness with technology integration. Also, as stated in the 2011 summer technology blog, ‘Beyond Substitution: The SAMR…

In with the New!

  For my final project I decided to use what I have learned in course 3 to upgrade a presentation I have already used, but will need to use again with what will most likely be a much larger and more critical audience. Earlier this year, I did a presentation on a professional learning day…

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Learn Smarter not Harder

The metaphor used in the article, Towards a Framework for Visual Literacy Learning, about how ear to brain being dial up and eye to brain being broadband is a great way to summarize what I have been learning in this course so far. It also discusses that we have to teach our students the power…

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I think I need a Visual Makeover

This week’s assignment comes with great timing, since I am at the beginning process of reexamining a presentation I did during a professional learning day at my school that will be further on display at the annual NESA spring conference at the beginning of April. This will be my biggest stage yet as a presenter,…

the image is from Amit Kapoor's slideshare: https://www.slideshare.net/amitkaps/storytelling-with-data-see-show-tell-engage

Is Visual Representation the Key?

Very recently, my colleagues and I began working on what we were introduced to as a “passion project”. The purpose of this project is to give us involved the opportunity to dedicate some of our professional time at school towards a project that we think will help our students and the learning culture at our school.…

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Improving my Design Quality

Week one’s topic has already, really got me thinking about how much I need to change the web-based resources I am using for my students and the direction I want to begin going with my CoeTail blog. Technology design is something that I am hoping to improve in my day to day, digital communication and…

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Responsible Use Agreement (RUA)

For the final project of course 2, I worked with colleagues from two international schools from Kuwait and my school in Riyadh to create a Responsible Technology Use Agreement (RTUA) for the Middle School years. The documents we used to help guide our decisions for the document were, Davis School District Technology Resources Acceptable Use…

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Digital Community

My first thought after looking at the resources and readings for this week is, ultimately I think it is the educational systems job to teach kids about proper digital citizenship. The reason I quickly reach this conclusion is partly based on my own knowledge about the subject by comparing myself before and after becoming a…

We Can’t Empower and Micro-manage

Ultimately, as educators, we want our students to be independent, efficient, self-directed decision makers, just like employers want their employees to be the same. The one thing I find that stands in the way of empowering people however, whether it’s employees or students is micro-management. Businesses want their employees to be self-sufficient decision makers, but…