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    Venez faire un tour dans ma ville...

    Here it is, finally, my reflective and final project project blog post. These past few months have been an absolute whirlwind and I'm in utter denial about where and how the time has flown by. At this stage- better late than never, is my go-to phrase
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    Eduro Learning: Coaching as Leadership

    I know pretty much straight away who at my school would be a good candidate for me to coach during the next few weeks (and beyond). I chose a new member of our Year 3 team Sara. She is new to teaching PYP and since joining our school in September has
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    Getting my Zen on.

    This week I am getting my zen on and talking about making a presentation 'more zen'.  I will be going into more depth at the end of Course 3 as I am going with Option 1 for my final project. This week I just want to give some of my initial thoug
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    Add New Post?

    [caption id="attachment_310" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Afraid and excited to begin again. (Kundel 2017)[/caption] I thought my COETAIL journey was over after the Course 4 final project. I know I didn't tell you, dear cyberspace reader, but I
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    Time to step up to the plate!

    [caption id="attachment_85" align="alignnone" width="300"] https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2013/03/11/03/02/baseball-92382_960_720.jpg[/caption] I have really been enjoying working my way through the Coetail course. I have found so many resources th
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    CARPe DIEM- Seize the Design!

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="313"] http://www.wix.com/website/templates[/caption] 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 for
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    Off we go again...

    Well - it seems like ages since I last blogged and it is a nice feeling to be starting up again. I have been looking forward to Course 3 as it is one that I had a little bit of prior knowledge about. A friend of mine, who recently finished the Coe
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    Implementing Digital Portfolios in Grade Two

    For the CoETaIL final project, I will be detailing the implementation of Digital Portfolios in Grade Two. Grade Two students will be taking on the challenge of establishing digital portfolios to highlight and archive ongoing learning. As our school t
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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 in
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    Shakespeare's on Social Media: A Course 4 Final Project

    Methinks the kids will struggle to see / That this story pulled from history / Still has themes that ring so true / In present day for all of them too. A poet I’m not but the bard is the best—there’ll be love, there’ll be death,  and scat
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    Plugged in.

    All of my students have laptops.  Those who forget, or have tech issues, or forget a charger, or (insert miscellaneous excuse here) are able to check one out of the library for the day.  It’s a system that works. In an article about a lapt
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    Course 2 Final Project

    [caption id="attachment_80" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image from: https://pixabay.com/[/caption] For my Course 2 Final project I have designed a unit of work for Key Stage Two children. I contacted the teachers at a school in the UK. T
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    Facing the future

    Will education change? Yes. It has to. It's already changing. Times have changed.  The kids of today are not the same as the kids of my generation.  I was so different from my parents generation.  People move forward. Things come in
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    My class got flipped-turned-upside-down.

    The picture above has hung on the door to every classroom I have ever had.  Perhaps in the discussion of a flipped classroom, it's time to turn it on it's head. Flipping an English classroom is different than flipping a math class.  I
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    Presenting the Past to the Future

    You know, it is that season again.  One of the drawbacks amongst the many perks of ex-pat living.  The job search is on for many, and soon we will need to part ways with the people we have grown fond of as colleagues, as neighbors, as friends. h
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    Course 5 Final COETAIL Project: Digital Poetry Unit

    My Final Video My grade seven classes have finished their free verse poetry unit, capping the experience off by creating digital poems.  This was inspired by the digital storytelling materials studied in Course 3 of COETAIL.  Please enjoy my vi
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    At the finishing line…

    Phew!!! It’s that time! We’re done! What a journey! Change is good For myself it has been quite a transformation. If you had asked me at the beginning of this course if I could do all that I am able to do now, I would have had a hearty laugh
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    Always Look on the Bright Side...

    It feels like my blog posts throughout Course 2 have been leaning in a negative direction. In my first post I talked about my digital footprint, mainly how easy it is to create a negative one. I even talked about the issue of public shaming. Next I d
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    The Culture of Copyright

    [caption id="attachment_82" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo Credit: MikeBlogs Flickr via Compfight cc[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_81" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: _chrisUK Flickr via Compfight cc[/caption]
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    Scare 'Em Straight! Or Maybe Not...

    Thinking about how we teach children digital citizenship skills and in particular those regarding issues such as cyber-bullying, plagiarism, copyright infringement, digital footprint... I have been reminded of how I was taught about these kind of iss
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    Is There Privacy in the Internet Age?

      [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="885"] Some rights reserved. https://www.flickr.com/photos/111692634@N04/18528198069[/caption] Explicitly teaching students about the importance and the intricacies of privacy online is as importan
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    Course 5 Final Project

    Well, its hard to believe I am writing my last COETAIL post. Not my last blog post ever thanks to my COETAIL experience!  What a journey it has been over the past year and a half. I have learned so much which has enhanced my teaching; its hard to kn
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    Course 5 Final Project

    I would like to begin by saying thank you to the COETAIL community for this experience! I have learned so much on this journey and I could not have done it without you all. [caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo
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    Final, finally.

    Finally done - whew! Fellow Online 5 Course 5 members - let me congratulate you in a job well done! This part of our amazing learning journey is finishing, while a new journey as harbingers of educational technology and information literacy begins
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    Poets Who Didn't Know It: Laying the Foundation for Digital Poetry

    [caption id="attachment_422" align="alignleft" width="309"] Image by Greg Jardin[/caption] Where Did the Time Go? Students have completed the bulk of the poetry unit leading up to the final Digital Poetry assignment.  They have learned how to:
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    @msabbysclass1 Global Connections

    [caption id="attachment_197" align="alignnone" width="300"] https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-person-people-hand-73805/CC0 License[/caption] The past couple of years I have worked hard to get myself connected to other educators on Twitter. This sch
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    Oh! Now I get it!

    I will be honest, when I began this COETAIL journey I really didn’t understand the whole community engagement piece. One of the first things I had to do was get a twitter account and post something?? Yikes! I was 45, and considered myself to be qui
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    My Coetail Journey of Things Done and Those Yet to Come...

    flickr photo shared by Yogendra174 under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license As much as the it was difficult for me to start the Coetail process for Course 5, once I got into it, it was so much fun!  I partnered with Lauren for our final project,
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    Old dog, new tricks

    You can teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case - an old teacher can be taught new technology! [caption id="attachment_260" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by derekGavey https://flickr.com/photos/derekgavey/4190468784 shared u
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    It Takes a Village

    [caption id="attachment_297" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Personal photo taken in the village of Cusco, Peru[/caption]   To be honest I started #coetail because of my PLN.  There were people I respected and followed that were former C
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    Copyright Infringer - Who Me..?

      [embed]https://spiritualmusclehead.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/han-solo-hubris-and-humility/han-solo-who-me/[/embed] Image taken from: Spiritual Musclehead So.  The part of Course 2 that I had been dreading the most. Copyright usage and
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    Kristen Ahlers wrote a tagged post :

    Same old, SAMR?

    https://flic.kr/p/pHz5vF One thing I keep coming back to is the name of this course.  Technology:  A Catalyst for Learning. Allow me to do just what I so often tell my students not to, as I examine the definition of catalyst—Something caus
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    The end of this journey begins the next one.

    As I wrap up my final few weeks on this COETAIL journey, I am really thinking about how I want this final project to be AMAZING! I am planning on taking a topic that I honestly am very bored with and making it way better! [caption id="attachmen
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    Your Digital Footprint - Create With Care

      [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Some rights reserved Photo Credit: kyteacher Flickr via Compfight cc[/caption] Having a digital footprint is (arguably) unavoidable in today's day and age. As digital consumers & transi
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    My Business is None of Your Business (or is it...)

    A quick aside before I start this blog on matters of privacy. Looking at this weeks reading I clicked on the very first link: Job Hunting: Take a look at your Facebook page. A message popped up 'Safari can't verify the website... ...personal and conf
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    A Shout Out To My People (Being in touch in the final days of COETAIL...)

    (Disclaimer - if you're even remotely considering ever trying out badging as a project with your learners, you will be hard pressed to find as much inspiration as the links and shoutouts in this post will give. I give mad and total props to all my pe
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    A new way of saying Less is More: "Single-Tasking"

    Our high school is 1-to-1, as mentioned in previous blogs. Using laptops and technology--for the most part--is second-nature. This was not always the case In October 2012 I wrote about the process of going paperless, and some of the challenges. I
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    PLN: Professional Lurker Now what?

    My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
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    GoFormative and Prosper?

    The end of COETAIL is fast approaching and the due date for the final project is ever looming...I have so enjoyed every part of the experience but I must admit I lost that loving feeling a little when I found out that course 5 couldn't be used for cr
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    Zenification of a Presentation

    In September of this year I was invited to present at the AppsEvents European Summit regarding Google Sites. In fact, I had two presentations: The Basics of Google Sites which I presented with my colleague Jags Myanger and Advanced Google Sites w
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    Hand in Hand: Procrastinating and Learning

    In a nod to Lisa's procrastination post, I feel I need to own up to that as well. School got busy, life got busy, and the precarious balance I thought I had worked out, crumbled. I fell behind on reading and blogging, and had a moment of "How am I g
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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 di
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    Course 1 Final Project

    When I first started Course 1 I casually clicked through the different weeks to get an idea of what lay ahead. I looked at the final project and began thinking about what I might do for it. At this point in my Coetail journey I was convinced that the
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    Course 3 Final Project: CV Revisited

      I am contentedly staying in Yangon for the time being, and I chose the resume redesign option for this final project.  It will be immensely helpful to play with different ideas between now and the time I decide to look again.  Also, I
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    For Better or For Worse?

    There's not a doubt in my mind that education has changed, is changing, and will continue to change as a result of technology. From traditional online course, MOOCs, and programs like COETAIL, it's obvious that technology is changing the way we learn
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    Everyone has a story.

    Every once in a while we stumble upon something that reminds us that the internet is just so darn cool.  Thru You Mother of all Funk Chords was exactly the fun I needed to get me going on this late morning Wednesday.  So cool. What a nice respite
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    Mingalarbar: presentation evaluation

    A few posts ago I bragged about my Powerpoint prowess.  And here I am, looking at imperfect presentations so I can apply Zen practices. The thing about Powerpoint, or in my case Keynote, is that educators can produce them relatively quickly a
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    Jennifer Byrnes wrote a tagged post :

    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 lo
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    Me (Dan) and the (maths) Masters of the Universe

    First off; apologies for the terrible puns in the title of this blog. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Secondly.; I can't believe I actually found a title image with both He-Man and maths included! The Internet is truly life changing... ; )
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    A face to the name.

    There's something about faces. If it weren't rude to stare, I would spend more time looking at people. Sometimes it's the way light catches the eyes. Sometimes it's a freckle, or a dimple. Sometimes it's a wrinkle, like the one I have in
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    Resurfacing after a Dive in the Deep

    Resurfacing. End of school, start of school with a glorious summer bridging the gap. Time off to think a little more holistically. A bird's eye view. Oh thank goodness. Just like so many projects that I start, even with the best of intentions and
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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 and go for it. The other pa
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    Course 5 Final Project: E-Portfolios and Seesaw

    Well, I hope all my fellow Coetailers had a great summer break and a great start to the new school year! As ever with the start of each Coetail course during this whole experience (which I have loved), I have found post 1 of Course 5 difficult to wr
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    Untangling Technology in my Classroom

    This (last) week's reading included some preparation for a professional development opportunity in just over a week. Ron Ritchhart will be coming for a weekend workshop (which I unfortunately cannot attend) and will spend three subsequent days workin
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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 to engage my growth mindset, do some rejigging and dive in a
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    Dan Berry wrote a tagged post :

    Changing Rooms

    When I started looking into the Coetail course and exploring the possibility of actually doing it, I was under the impression that it would be entirely about technology. Specifically, how I do/don't use it and how I can use it more effectively. La
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    Expanding Thoughts and a Mystery Image

    To continue the theme in my previous post, as a digital native, I don't believe my thoughts are changing so much as they are evolving, developing, and becoming more tangible. Taking the image of a mind-map, I feel like new bubbles are appearing and s
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    Jennifer Byrnes wrote a tagged post :

    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?) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="414"] How Course Design Puts the Focus on L
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    Stop lurking and start learning...

    Technology Integration at my small school (under 400 students) is something new. The administration decided to change the name from ICT Teacher to Technology Integrator because they had a vision (and so did I) to include technology into daily practic
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    Blogging and Tweeting and RSS Feeds! Oh, my!

    As I begin my COETAIL journey, my head is spinning with information overload! Up until now, social media has been something I use to connect with my friends and family around the world. My facebook posts include the standard snapshots from my t
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    Finding a groove.

    We’ve all been there.        Crowded room.                  Absence of temperature control.                             Dull Powerpoint slides, laser pointer.                                   (Am I t
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    Procrastination Complete

    Greetings fellow COETAILers! If you are anything like me you are feeling excited about this course and can't wait to connect with members of our cohort from around the globe. With that excitement comes anxiety, fear, and worry. Will I really have tim
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    5 Reasons Why I Didn't Complete the Orientation Course Earlier

    It's the first official week of COETAIL and I'm catching up on the Orientation course material. As I'm trying to not get overwhelmed, I thought I'd share for my first post (and Week 3 "assignment") what I think are my top five reasons why I didn't ge
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    Connecting the Dots

    Much has been written about networks and connectivity lately. New research indicates that trees in a forest are connected through a network of bacteria and fungal strands, and that when you dig down to this level it is difficult to tell where one org
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    Course 4 Final Project

    For my Course 4 Final Project, I am planning on using a new approach next year when I teach about the Phases of Matter to my 8th grade Physical Science students for the Course 5 Project. [caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="300"
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    How Am I REALLY Doing?

    Since I am part of the technology pilot in our district which has been involved in determining the devices, learning management systems, and policies our district will use starting next year, I will get to help teachers move forward with the integrat
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    I hope to go Back To The Future!

    Classroom of the Future Pilot [caption id="attachment_246" align="aligncenter" width="452"] Mrs. Lewis' Classroom of the Future[/caption] About seven years ago, I took part in a pilot in my district with Steelcase (a local furniture company) ca
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    Tech Break/Brake

    To Tech Break or Tech Brake? THAT is the question. A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was reading a book called Lit Up by David Denby. Actually, I think I waxed poetic about it and quoted the introduction several times (even though I had just
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    Badge Envy

    Every Wednesday afternoon, I walked a little slower than usual out of Jackson Elementary. The girls with teal uniforms crowded around a table in the library resource room. I wanted that sash. I needed that sash. Alas, it was not to be. My mom woul
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    Course 4 Final Project: Decisions, decisions

    There have been so many different ideas that I have considered for my final project and I am still not sure which one I will go with so while I was tempted to use the UbD planner to reinvent a recent unit I am instead going to reflect on a couple of
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    Talk the talk. Walk the Walk.

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="260"] ShutterStock: Family Values[/caption] Family values of the 21st century = Digital citizenship.   Family values have shifted to incorporate the right and wrong of the modern and technological
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    Doing It All (for My Course 4 Final)

    Ever felt invincible? Like you can do it all? As if the world were your oyster, ripe for the picking? Like you could just juggle everything all at once? Well that's kiiiiiinda how I feel when I think ahead to the next course, and thus, planning m
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    The Responsible Use of Technology (RUA)

    E&A Publishing House bring you the 3 Keys to the Responsible Use of Technology! [caption id="attachment_224" align="aligncenter" width="595"] E&A's Responsible Use Agreement is perfectly suited to Primary & Middle School Students[/captio
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    Tech and Teaching Tightrope

    I struggled to write about this week's topic. I shouldn't have, as I try to find a balance with technology in my daily life as much as possible so reflecting on how I might do this in class with students should have been easy. I had this same proble
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    Fitting One Million Into One

    [caption id="attachment_189" align="alignnone" width="300"] CC0 Public Domain[/caption] My head is racing with a million ideas for my Course 5 project. There are so many ideas that link and fit together in some way.  Now taking those million idea
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    Finish line - Course 2

    The internet is slow here in Yangon, and I find these courses difficult to navigate.  I don’t seem to know where to look for things.  Part of it is on me.  I admit, I am have not been staying on top of my blog posts.  It's been a doozy of a
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    Course 2 Final RUP Project

    For this particular project, I choose Option One and continue to use an ongoing review our Middle School Responsible Use Policy with any assistance I could muster. I started editing the Responsible Use Policy with our school’s Technology Director f
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    Flip It! Flip It Good!

    [caption id="attachment_230" align="alignright" width="225"] flickr photo by xac https://flickr.com/photos/zac/15125000 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license[/caption] I have been hearing more and more about the Flipped Classroom and
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    Final Project Ideas

    Project #1 Idea RVIS-Hosted Student TEDTalks One area students are not proficient at RVIS is public speaking/presentations. They tend to not practice, they rely on their notes, they umm and ahh all over the place, they speak with little to no infle
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    It's All About the BL's!

    [caption id="attachment_222" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by GotCredit https://flickr.com/photos/jakerust/16846023595 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license[/caption] When I looked at this course, I felt I knew quite a bit o
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    How Am I Doing?

    [caption id="attachment_218" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by ScoRDS https://flickr.com/photos/scords/5584668013 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license[/caption] In reading all of the various articles and definitions of
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    Tech (and kids) Today

    We, the people, LOVE to multitask. Studies say it's bad, but with the wealth of information overload available to us on every page we read, it's no wonder we're left with little choice. Three out of the five articles on the left grabbed my attention
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    One step.

    The internet is constantly changing the world.  The internet has already changed how we gather information, how we stay in touch with others, and how we view the world around us. Recently I was in Kuala Lumpur.   I woke up in the middle of the n
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    Please like me.

    [caption id="attachment_183" align="alignright" width="353"] Like?[/caption]   Please.  Please.  Don't post things you wouldn't want your mother to see.  Or your teachers.  Or your boss.  Or your crush/best friend/grandmother/dentist/
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    Copy that.

    Hey, Miss.  Do we need to do citations?  I mean, we know how to do 'em.  We did 'em last time.  Can't we just skip 'em? This is a conversation I have at least once a year, as students inevitably campaign to forego proper citations since we
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    Digital Empowerment

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="339"] http://bit.ly/1Tuv17C[/caption] As educators, we can make sure that our students understand that making a positive image is critical to who they are online. I love the story of what Martha did with “
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    Digital Profiles

    Who should be taught about digital citizenship and the etiquette of the Internet and web? Everyone needs to be taught and learn how to act responsibly in the public arena, but something happens to people once they are behind a keyboard of any sor
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    The Balancing Act of Technology

    [caption id="attachment_184" align="alignnone" width="300"] flickr photo by giulia.forsythe https://flickr.com/photos/gforsythe/10310176123 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license[/caption] Like many, I am guilty of not being balanced w
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    Old Habits Die Hard

    As my parents have gotten older, it's been increasingly important for me to understand their lives and the world they grew up in and how that world has since changed. It's a frequent topic of conversation during our visits together. My parents often
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    Looking to the Future

    [caption id="attachment_181" align="alignnone" width="300"] CC0 Public Domain[/caption] This week's reading got me thinking about how I want to do things next year.  The problem is not overdoing it all at once. The content for this week actually
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    Badges and Buzzwords.

    Badges. They're not just for Girl Scouts anymore! Initially, from the very first moment of learning about badges I think that it sounds cool. Consider a few pros, cons, and questions (and do feel free to chime in below if you can add more to
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    Privacy, Piracy & the Private Eye

    [caption id="attachment_177" align="alignleft" width="575"] A connected world requires us to travel in different digital dimensions.[/caption] There is a strange coincidence I noticed as I inserted the image above into my blog post entry about pri
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    Diving into Deskless...well, sort of

    Apologies if this post goes off on a tangent a bit but I was really drawn to one particular area of the future of education and that's classroom design. When I read the post, The Classroom is Obsolete: Its Time for Something New it got me thinking
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    Do not disturb?

    The pragmatist in me understands that by enrolling in an online media platform,  I am consciously relinquishing some of my privacy. Facebook is, in its essence, severing the privacy barrier between myself and the greater online population.  I t
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    We blossom from copying

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="385"] http://bit.ly/1Wm4Ipp[/caption] As educators, it is our duty to teach proper usage of online sources and giving credit where credit is due. As a middle school humanities teacher, I do teach copyright
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    Privacy isn't for Facebook

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="215"] http://bit.ly/1SHG4QC[/caption] I think one of my biggest concerns about privacy online is how most kids forget to think about it unless they are taught to pay attention. Even if you do teach it, does
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    Flipping out over Flipping Classrooms!

    Flipped Learning I had kind of been waiting during the Coetail course to get to grips with the idea of flipping the classroom. I was excited to learn more about it as I had heard mixed reports on its efficacy. The main question I wanted to answer
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    Flipping the library? Game on!

    If you count the library as a classroom, I've got the biggest, best, and best-resourced classroom in the school! Currently, the bane of my existence is helping my budding readers learn how to use the library well. We talk all the time about 'coding
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    Light it Up

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDcFryDXQ7U I’m currently reading a book (for fun!) called Lit Up by a journalist named David Denby. He’s not an educator, nor does he claim to have educational expertise, but as an educator, I am completely ent
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    PBL+PBL+CBL=OMG

    "Crikey! PBL, then PBL again and then CBL.......ok", I thought as I looked at week 2's assignment. What do I do? I know how I teach and how I would like to teach in an ideal world/school but which category do I fit into as a teacher, and do I need to
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    Total Eclipse: Final Reflections on my Coetail Learning Journey

    So, how do I start? With a song I guess...   [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOxhH8N3Bo[/embed] [/youtube] Yes, forever's gonna start tonight. This is how I feel about the final post for Coetail, we are ending but really,
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    Taking Action

    Every time I write a unit I try to use Kath Murdoch's inquiry cycle: [caption id="attachment_381" align="aligncenter" width="676"] From Train the Teacher[/caption] So when I finished my COETAIL Unit 5 project (utilizing Minecraft as a teaching
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    T*PBL

    *BAM* This week's readings hit me! As a PYP teacher with a hefty amount of PYP experience, I immediately recognized the transdisciplinary nature of Project-Based Learning and thought, 'Well, maybe I know more about this than I thought I did!' Bec
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    Surfing Safari

    As I submit my final project, I'm still working on the unit in the classroom. For various reasons, the timing just didn't quite work out, but we are about 92.7% finished.  Throughout the unit, the ideas have swelled, broken, and reformed.  They c
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    COETAIL Final Project - Digital Story Telling and Kidblog Fun!

    Well folks....I am finished with my COETAIL course 5 project and here it is! I decided to work with my Grade 3 class on Digital Storytelling with a focus on imagined narratives about our Solar System. It fit perfectly with my current Unit of Inqui
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    It's time to Mine

    [caption id="attachment_383" align="alignright" width="300"] Students sell their cookies at the Farmer's Market.[/caption] ... So this is it. 4 weeks of serious research; 2 weeks of planning; 6 weeks of teaching; And too many hours of reflectin
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    Lessons From the (Physics) Sandbox -- Course 5 final project video

    The Black Hole of Video Editing Let Me Escape So I Could Write This Post A picture is worth a thousand words, so, using of unit cancellation method, this video is worth.... So I'll just be quiet and ask you to watch! https://youtu.be/IHge8
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    Modding Your Professional Learning Network

    Professional development is great, but the real growth in education comes from individuals that you interact with. Building your own network of educators that inspire, teach, and challenge you is crucial to continuing your growth as a life-long leane
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    Developing my #PLN

    I have decided to take a more rudderless approach to community engagement and simply do my best to use social media tools, with a focus on Twitter, to develop my PLN. I also explored using Facebook and Google Hangouts as ways to connect with other te
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    Students Lead the Way

    The Grand Finale! My project was on creating student led-conferences with online portfolios. This was a huge undertaking and I learned a great deal that will hopefully help other teachers as they begin. Was it worth it? YES! I am so glad I did this p
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    Global Book Clubs - Redefinition

    Just as we use student data to inform our instruction in the classroom, the same is true for our own learning journey.  The last five years have been a steep learning curve with respect to the use of technology in the classroom.  I’ve moved to a
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    You Want Me to Teach How?!

    flickr photo shared by educ@conTIC under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Before I get into this post, I should probably admit that I have no idea what the speech bubbles in the above picture say.  I thought the picture was cute, and I'm kee
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    PBL, CBL and Other Catchy Acronyms

    flickr photo shared by dkuropatwa under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license As educators, one of our ultimate goals is to help students deepen their understanding of concepts we are teaching.  We want them to make connections between differe
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    A Minecraft Inquiry - Course 5 Final Project

    MinecraftEdu is a phenomenal tool for educators. The possibilities are endless and I am already planning how to integrate MinecraftEdu into language, mathematics and social studies units. I found that a one hour setup before each session real
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    Librarian, defined.

    Merriam-Webster's definition of a librarian: 1. a person who works in a library (simple); 2. a specialist in the care or management of a library (full) My personal (and day-to-day) definition of a librarian: 1. teacher librarian; 2. book orde
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    Getting Crafty

    [caption id="attachment_364" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: e.c.johnson via Compfight cc[/caption] ... Dear Digital Friends, This post has been in draft form for so long I barely know what it's intention was anymore. But I am archivi
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    Linking Arms

    At the NESA Conference in Bangkok @rickwormeli2 gave an incredible talk that had us laughing, singing, and nodding in agreement. He told the story about how teachers, parents, and other leaders in the community started cleaning up the neighborhood
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    Light Up The Sky

    And so it would seem that we have come full circle.  My very first post for COETAIL described the Long Strange Trip to my PLN.  Now that we are coming to the end, its time to revisit this magical group of people who qualify me as a connected educat
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    Community Starts at Home

    Global Community One of the significant advantages of being a COETAIL student is the level of community engagement required and encouraged. Any educators at any time can reach out globally yet this wasn't something I really benefited from until
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    Not Like Footprints on the Beach...

    As a teacher in the international scene, one needs a professional online presence or a strong positive digital footprint. Personally, I feel lucky to all of the have a decent presence now, but I am not sure that what is critical to me to have would b
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    Bridge Over Troubled Waters

    Its always a challenge to work on a project that relies on creating a project with others that will be completed by someone else who has to ask another group for their participation in order to complete the project.  Huh? It creates a bit of a ta
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    Personal Space in Cyberspace?

    I recently had a child.  With this came a great deal of consideration about digital footprints, as I am very concerned about the images of my daughter available to the public.  I have stayed away from Instagram for the most part, and post 1-2 p
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    Infographic Essays

    Infographics to use with the Grade 6 Advertisement Posters I looked at many infographics this week and found one in particular that I would definitely use in the future.  This was one that would have helped with our grade 6 advertisement posters.
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    Harness, Empower, Improve: Course 3 Final Project

    [caption id="attachment_150" align="alignleft" width="300"] CC0 Public Domain https://pixabay.com/en/mirroring-ball-reflection-mirror-711926/[/caption] Reflecting on this course was really challenging.  It is kind of like this picture... it is di
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    Making Thinking Visual

    After going through the first 2 courses of COETAIL, I already knew visuals help get a point across.  I did not realize how much information I would be willing to read until I looked at the awesome infographics on Good. I read about things that would
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    Technically Modified: Final Project Course 1

    Two of my English 10 classes meet following our lunch break.  By the time I arrive for class, my room has been filled with students for most of the break - working on a variety of homework assignments, dueling hands with double-sided Tetris, and oth
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    Final Project Course 3: I love/hate/love infographics!

    Like a lot of other Coetailers I thoroughly enjoyed course 3 and all the learning experiences it had to offer. For sure, this final project was one of the most time consuming. I would log on to create my CV infographic and realise that 3 hours had pa
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    Course 3 Final Project - This is WAY better!

    I would have to agree with many of the comments the instructors and other participants have posted that Course 3 has been the most fun! And, not that the other courses were not [caption id="attachment_195" align="alignright" width="240"] flickr ph
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    UBD China Research and Pecha Kucha

    As students have completed many novels about the culture and historical events of China as well as reading informational text books and watching documentaries about China, they have curiosities about a deeper understanding of some of the concepts not
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    404: webpage not found

    [caption id="attachment_84" align="aligncenter" width="397"] Scenes from a Yangon desk[/caption] The technology debate.  Despite the inevitable shift in the educational paradigm, schools are still determining the best ways to balance technology i
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    Will old technology become a new art form?

    Technology is like leading an old dog to water to learn new tricks.  Or something like that. When I began Shaping Tech for the Classroom: 21st-century schools need 21st-century technology by Mark Prensky, I felt confused by the new forms of t
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    I Heart Infographics!

    I am starting to see a pattern in Course 3... Me: Oh, I know what infographics and data visualization (could be replaced with digital storytelling, presentations, etc.) are! I see and use them all the time. Do the research, read the suggested r
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    Creative Mode

    My Minecraft Inquiry is now well underway. I still have a lot to learn but we are definitely making progress with MinecraftEdu. I've discovered that we achieve more in Creative Mode and that border blocks help students to build in the same location.
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    Bolts and Bushes in the Balegon

    It amazes me each week how I can get lost in the task of reading and looking for information about how the learning landscape has changed over the course of time with technology. There is so much to learn and reflect about. This week I actually loved
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    Digital Storytelling - Don't Just Do It Because It's Cool

    When I began this assignment, I though digital storytelling was just making a video.Since I figured I didn't know much about this, I figured I had better start with the definition. According to the University of Houston's website "Educational Uses of
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    Comments on Commenting

    [caption id="attachment_176" align="alignright" width="209"] Grading and Feedbackflickr photo by thebarrowboy https://flickr.com/photos/thebarrowboy/6263897021 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license[/caption] It's nearing the midpoint of the
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    A Final Project (in Pastel Colors)

    I would have never in a million years thought a final project could be so fun. Pastel colors, little boxes and triangles, maps and graphs, photographs - this was an absolute blast to make. At the moment the infographic is slightly informal. I'd s
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    A creative standard.

    Standards.  They’re what we're doing.  Some people really like them.  Some people really don't. Me?  I’m not fussed one way or another.  Not really.  It’s important to know what we’re looking for with assessment, and standards are a
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    Course 3 Final Project- Simplified Presentations

    As an art teacher I have been particularly inspired by this course since it was all about visual literacy. I found it difficult to choose my final project because there were so many great choices. I really wanted to do the infographic CV because I fe
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    Procrastination. And Addiction.

    [caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="300"] Adicción a internet[/caption] I started late.  I missed the groove.  The internet was out.  During the weekend.  Again.  My kid didn't nap.  Again. I am feeling like my own stude
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    Turn, Turn, Turn

    Life is a process of change. Without change, life is impossible.  Once you accept that with joy, there is no fear. - Thich Nhat Hanh I came across this quote in the past couple of weeks and as I was planning today, it popped back into my head.  If
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    forgive me COETAIL...

    [caption id="attachment_348" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Robert Cheaib - Theologhia.com via Compfight cc[/caption] ...for I have sinned. It's been too many days since my last blog post. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. In my de
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    How Do We Do This?

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="438"] Geeking out side by side at NASA Space Camp Turkey[/caption] While I try diligently to do new things in the class where the learning and technology are one and there is no tech lesson before the regula
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    Connecting with Connectivism

    Do you remember when whiteboards were a novelty? When I was in undergrad and sitting through teacher training courses, I remember the excitement of writing on the board with chalk.  All the cool teachers bought a variety of colors, and perhaps a
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    Week 5: Info-galactic

    Calling all Beastie Boys fans out there! Doesn't the word infographic get the song 'Intergalactic' stuck in your head? It does for me!! And now that you're humming THAT little tune, let me say, "Yay for infographics!!", because I am Wendy, an
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    Course 5 Beginnings...

    I am now ready to begin my Course 5 Coetail Project. [caption id="attachment_348" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A Crash Course in MinecraftEdu[/caption] My aim is for students to plan and design a new school. They will have to consider the r
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    The Possibilities of Digital Storytelling

    [caption id="attachment_129" align="alignright" width="300"] CC0 Public Domain https://pixabay.com/en/street-sign-note-direction-possible-141396/[/caption] After looking through Educational Uses for Digital Storytelling, I felt like using this in