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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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    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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    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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    Digital Detectives

    Digital Archeaology is a thing now. I thought that was at least 5 years out, but obviously I was wrong. Along those line, last year my co-workers and I put together a video to show kids about being good digital citizens (please don't judge me too har
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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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    A Tale of Snapchat and Service Learning

    I am not a fan social media (for personal life). I think I last updated Facebook 6 months ago, but I have been toying with the idea of posting that I just paid off my student loans (shameless brag). I didn't have Twitter until 2 years ago, and I didn
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    Dancing with the Dinosaurs

    [caption id="attachment_44" align="alignleft" width="194"] Creative Commons copyright by Randal Droher[/caption] I attended cotillion as a young teenager. Supposedly I was going to learn to dance, have proper table manners, and be a nice young lad
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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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    Melania, Richard, Vanilla, and Kylie, oh my

    [caption id="attachment_41" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: ArtsyBee via Flickr and CreativeCommons[/caption] I am a big fan of simulations in my own classroom, and my first thought on teaching copyright was how I could do a simulatio
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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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    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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    Whoops...I'm not perfect

    I think it is increasingly obvious that "online privacy" may be a bit of an oxymoron. While I embrace the possibilities of the internet and technology and a more networked and globalized world, there is always the specter of my loss of privacy and so
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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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    Poor Ken Bone

    Of all the memorable things that happened in the US presidential debates this year, one man stood out. Not Donald Trump, but Ken Bone of the second debate. He became an adorable internet sensation overnight and, almost inevitably, a quick fall from g
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    My Digital Footprint

    Last year I read the excellent and scary book So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.  In the book he talks about incidents, that are becoming more and more common, of people being publicly shamed because of something they have said or done on
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    Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

    I both love and hate election years. I love them because it allows me to do so much with my students and apply the skills we are learning to real-life situations and allows us to watch politics and social issues change. I hate them because of the vi
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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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    How Far Might We Go?

    Research online collaborative projects that you might be able to use in your classroom. Write a blog post reflecting on how technology is changing the learning landscape and global education. There has been a lot of talk about how important studen
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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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    Might as well face it..

    .. I'm addicted to tabs. As I go through the readings for coetail, I've realized that all the advances in technology and society must be directly related to the introduction of tabs in internet browsers.  A quick search seems to prove my hypothes
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    A Classroom Without Walls

    Last week I was flicking through Twitter and I saw the image above. It is a school in The Netherlands who were combating a tuberculosis outbreak by setting up their classrooms outside. It reminded me of something that Shelley Wright had mentioned i
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    The Zombie Apocalypse

    I'll admit, screens scare me. Not just the Black Mirror type of screens (which is an excellent series, if not surreal and hopefully not too prophetic), but the screens of my students. Specifically, the amount of time they spend looking at screens in
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    Don't Walk Behind Me

    While reading "How millennials challenge traditional leadership," I remembered something I heard when I was working as a college orientation staffer many moons ago. I wasn't able to find the actual study, and my Googling skills are not as great as I
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    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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    My 19th Century Classroom?

    I started off thinking that this week's blog post on how my thoughts are changing would predominantly be centered around how I use technology in my classroom and year group. However, as I read the different articles such as Andrew Churches on Blo
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    Creating an Online Community in School

    Reading and watching the articles and videos about connectivity and community made me think about the community and connectivity within the year group (year 3) that I work. In particular, how effectively we use social media as a learning tool.
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    Pain and Gain

    After years of avoiding being too busy to start courses due to a combination of workload and family commitments, I signed up for Coetail starting this term. After a summer of ignoring emails and thinking I would dip my toe into the water in Septe