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    Creating the Framework for Teaching Research Skills in the Library

    It is a little strange to be creating unit and lesson plans when not currently working in a specific school. In fact, I have taken this year off to begin retraining to be a Teacher-Librarian after 9 years as a middle-years/secondary teacher, mostly
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    Plain sailing hits the buffers

    [caption id="attachment_70" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: dreamstime.com[/caption] Everything was going smoothly. I was enjoying taking part in CoETaIL; my ideas about education were being gratifyingly confirmed (like a lot of memorable P
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    Amusement Park Physics- Course 1 Final Project

    My Course 1 Journey: The learning experience of past six weeks from COETAIL has been the most valuable. I am a middle school science teacher who believes in creative and contemporary style of teaching. For that I have been working to introduce techn
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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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    Way of the SAMR eye

    Steve talks to himself... - So how did the lessons go, Steve? - Which ones? - You know what I mean. You’ve been procrastinating. - I don’t call it procrastination when I’m busy with other things. - I’ll just let that excuse
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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 new way to think about SAMR

    Transformational technology use is firmly embedded within society, yet it is less prevalent, and certainly less well used in our schools. So then, how are students being prepared for the future if we don't educate for and with technology? Is your
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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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    Survival of the Twittest

    https://twitter.com/steveweatherell/status/782484974352080897 When talking about Twitter, there's only just enough vocabulary to write a nonsensical haiku. Knowing the lingo can get you on the first rung of the ladder. Yet not everyone gets i
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    You call this 21st Century?

    "Let's not just adopt technology into our schools. Let's adapt it, push it, pull it, iterate with it, experiment with it, test it, and redo it". Marc Prensky's call to arms demonstrates how he foresaw (in 2005) that we would struggle to change ou
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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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    The Great Wave of Technology

    [caption id="attachment_49" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image source: Wikipedia[/caption] So I'm in Japan right now. At a beautiful place called Hakone, famed for its onsens (hot springs) and its iconic views of Fuji-san, when the great mount is
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    The day I learned...

    [caption id="attachment_33" align="alignright" width="321"] An example of an analogue medium[/caption] One of my most memorable learning experiences happened during the year I worked as a journalist on a radical newspaper. I had reported in a fe
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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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    Community(Knowledge + Relationships + Connections) + Technology = Connectivism

    How can we educate students for a future that is rapidly changing, fill them with knowledge, some of which is presently undiscovered, and prepare them for a multi-career lifetime, some careers of which are not yet known? The answer is: we can't. 
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    Taxonomy Domine

    When I went for breakfast at the ISTE conference one day last June, I picked up more than just muffins and coffee. ISTE's best-kept secret was finally out: the 2016 Standards for Students in handy poster format. I tweeted them out. — Steve Weathe
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    It's Confession Time

    I have a confession to make. I'm not much of a blogger.  To be clear, I love the concept of blogging, the thought of blogging, the desire to put an idea 'out there' and allow a total stranger to make a comment on what's happening in your head ri
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    How can an increasingly connected world maintain such hateful prejudices? Encountering the 'other' online.

    With the explosion of social platforms that allow two-way communication, we have the potential to interact and engage with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Those increased interactions could gradually lead to broader understandings
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    Troubleshooting as a Skill Worth Teaching

    Apparently the average 6-year old is better at technology than I am. This is absolutely not a surprise. I tend to blame computer fairies for my woes, but maybe I was just born a few decades too late. Whether you are a digital native or a digital imm
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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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    Me, technology and delayed gratification

    [caption id="attachment_23" align="alignleft" width="149"] Image: flippedclassroom.com[/caption] This week, I considered the idea of Perspectives with my Grade 11 Theory of Knowledge students. How do our identity and our experiences affect wh
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    Learning to approach tech like a child...

    [caption id="attachment_10" align="alignleft" width="300"] image source[/caption] It snuck up on me. When did I become like my grandma in my approach to technology, complaining about change and finding reasons not to learn about new things? I
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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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    We All Start Somewhere

    Today, I officially start my COETAIL blog. Also today, my students started their own blogs. Coincidence? I think not! A few of them did not believe that I was going to be learning about blogging and digital literacy along with them until I showed the
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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