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    Technology Integration Evaluation

    I'm lucky enough to be in that age group that grew up with technology. I don't mean with an iPad in my hand. I mean technology and I grew up together. I remember when we got our first VCR, home gaming console (ColecoVision), Computer (Thank you PCjr)
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    Course 4 Final Project

    As I pondered which course and unit I wanted to revamp for this final project (it took me a while...), I knew that I wanted to choose a unit that would lend itself to 1. a revamp and 2. a summative task that would be well-suited to a digital format.
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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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    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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    Wrapping up Course 4!

    [caption id="attachment_625" align="aligncenter" width="625"] . (U.S. Navy photo by Candice Villarreal/Released)[/caption] Can you believe it! We are approaching the end of Course 4! As you are all thinking about what you will be doing for your Co
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    Course 4 Week 4 Check-In

    [caption id="attachment_622" align="aligncenter" width="625"] https://goo.gl/wMpnKq[/caption] Hey all! I am having a blast reading your posts! I am super impressed with how well you are articulating your thoughts around the concepts we have been a
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    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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    Course 4: Week 2 & Week 3

    Howdy all! We are now into week 3! I hope you are all enjoying the content in Course 4. While I was working at the University of Kentucky over past couple years I learned a lot about, and worked with many schools who have or where implemented project
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    The New & Improved Trapper Keeper

    [caption id="attachment_183" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brian Schlosser via FlickrAll Rights Reserved[/caption] The Laptop. Once upon a time, it was only for the rich kids or those whose parents were somehow connected to the tech industry. I r
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    The Tech Fix

    The idea that offering students an unstructured tech break in order to refocus them sounds ludicrous, but it resonates with me pretty spot on! Ever since I got a smart phone two years ago, I feel like we've been surgically attached. I often flinch
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    Flipping Geometry

    [caption id="attachment_432" align="alignleft" width="300"] Flipping Geometric Design (Source:Flickr)[/caption] Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project? I've been trying to come up with an idea for my Course 5
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    Future's So Bright...

      “When outstanding becomes so easily available, average is over.” - Thomas Friedman What a great line to begin a post on looking ahead. Friedman’s comment is, not surprisingly, in reference to the “new” educational rage of MOOCs
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    device (r)evolution

    [caption id="attachment_428" align="alignleft" width="300"] device (r)evolution (Source: Flickr)[/caption] Looking back at the many classrooms that I have worked in, I can trace the evolution from no devices to too many devices. In my first year o
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    back to the future

    [caption id="attachment_425" align="alignright" width="300"] Futuristic Learning (The Jetsons, 1963) Source: Smithsonian.com[/caption] Will education as we know it change because of technology? This is the question that I have been wrestling wi
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    Flip the Switch?

    [caption id="attachment_421" align="alignleft" width="300"] Source: Pixabay[/caption] I've been hearing about the idea of the flipped classroom for the past few years and to be honest, reflecting on my research this week, I don't think I've given
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    The Art of Play

    My most memorable learning experience as an Elementary School student was in Mr. B's grade 3 class. As I remember it, we had a money system that aimed at mimicking the real world. Mr. B. printed out paper money and gave each student a starting amount
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    Project Tech

    It was interesting to consider the differences between the multitude of acronyms floating around this week's readings. What constitutes PBL from PBL or CBL and vice versa. Ideally, the choice of pedagogy that one follows comes down to a combination o
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    Am I a SAMR-ai?

    [caption id="attachment_410" align="alignleft" width="189"] Young Samurai (Photo via Good Free Photos[/caption] I suppose that it might be time to abandon my childhood dreams of achieving samurai warrior status. There are a few hurdles that I would
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    Motivating Students to "Do the Work" of Learning

    Edu-speak is a language in which I am building my fluency. When I initially looked at this week’s reading, I thought: “ah, this will be a good review. I already know all about Project Based Learning and...yea, those other two.” Turns out, I am
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    Challenging Students to Lead and Succeed

    Finding the best way to guide learning makes a huge difference in the outcomes for students. In my ECE Art room, I look for ways to pass ownership to my youngsters, while still providing structure and skills. I aim to teach about cultural perspective
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    Not Quite There Yet

    Technology integration was a term that entered my world in 2013. My husband and I had been working at our current school, AIS-R, for nearly a whole year when I started to think deeply about tech integration in the classroom. At the time, students in
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    From Enhancement to Transformation

    While this is the first exposure that I have had to SAMR and TPACK, I feel like there is an intrinsic knowledge of these frameworks that most educators (in the 21st century, at least) already possess. It's the identification and purposeful practice a
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    Tech Integration: A Year in Review

    I love the access that technology gives students in my classroom.  I am very thankful to be at a 1 to 1 BYOD school in which all my students have laptops to help aid their learning.  My professional goal this year was to make my classroom paperless
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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