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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
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    Tech Toolbox

    Background & Brainstorming Throughout the school year, I have explored many apps with my students.  For many projects, I chose a new app for us to explore that I felt best fit with the task.  However, I was always supportive if students want
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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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    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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    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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    Course 4 - Myth Busters Unit

    Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project? Anyone else love myth busters? I picked this unit because I think the kids will be able to have a lot of fun with it and it immediately grabs their attention. We did p
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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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    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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    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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    Making Learning a Game

    [caption id="attachment_177" align="alignnone" width="300"] CC0 Public Domain[/caption] Starting my teaching career as a Pre-K teacher opened my eyes to the benefits of play as a way to learn. The amount of knowledge my students learned from each
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    The Battle of the BLs

      AAARRRGGGHHHH!!! I found myself challenged by all the different X-based learnings out there. But then as I read quite a few (too many in fact!) articles on the said topics, I started thinking about the IB itself. Teaching in a PYP schoo
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    Community Learning

    I was having a hard time envisioning Project Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, and Challenge Based Learning being used in my Grade 1 classroom. All of the reading I did gave the thinking and evidence behind why these three strategies work. I s
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    Giving Credit - a short interlude post

    Giving Credit Visiting Grade 5 and sharing their work has highlighted the question for me of how to give students credit for work whilst preserving their privacy. Pulling to the left: Privacy I want to share work in a way that keeps stude
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    Course 4 Week 3: The Present

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="441"] flickr photo shared by Lauren PM under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license( BY-NC ) license[/caption] I think what is important when thinking about course 4 is to choose pedagogies or teaching philoso
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    Integration?....interesting...

    As always, it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things blogging-wise with every new course we start so apologies if this week's blog is a bit of a ramble! Tech Integration is.... I thought this topic  was a good way to start us of
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    Transforming a Task with Tech

    As teachers, we do a lot of great things with our students, but sometimes we need to stop doing great things in order to do better things. My Author Study Routine This is how I usually carry out author studies with my Beginner English as an
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    Thinking BIG. Course 4 Week 1.

    Kicking off Course 4 I loved having the space and time to talk about pedagogy. I don’t know if I ever said the word pedagogy as much as I have since I started thinking about technology in the classroom. Being able to debate and talk and share idea