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    Course 4 Final Project: Choices, Choices

    Option 1: Project-based Economics course Inspiration came via my week 2 post about project-based learning Economics final project as I've done it in the past. It's also in need of a better name. Elements of project based learning, fro
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    Technology is Global, Technique is Local

    Working in a 1-1 laptop environment was a reason for excitement when I came to my current school. Perhaps in my enthusiasm I imagined the new possibilities more than the challenges. Now, five years later, I’m closer to finding the right classroom t
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    Traditionally Futuristic

    Looking toward the future leads us to question the way we currently do things. What are the costs and benefits of dividing the school day into fixed time periods? Grouping students by age? Having them spend the majority of the day in classrooms? Pres
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    Video Games in the Classroom (at last!)

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="222"] Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] The debate can continue about how video games impact kids’ development. I’m glad to say I grew up playing games and I turned o
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    Project Based Learning is for Teachers too

    The COETAIL site labels project-based learning as “The Past,” but I believe its best days are in the future. Many teachers still only dabble in this method rather than build their teaching around it. In plenty of classrooms we won’t see it a
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    From chalkboards to TPACK: How did we get here?

    I began teaching in a Philadelphia charter school with little access to technology. Integration was not a high priority goal, so as a new teacher I focused on improving my content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. There certainly was plenty to lea
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    My Crystal Ball and My Future Classroom

    Education is an ever-changing field.  Not only does education change over long periods of time, but the pendulum swings rather quickly.  If you sit down with any teacher nearing retirement, you can easily discuss four or five different "paradigm s
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    SAMR and My Classroom

    I first heard about SAMR about two years ago during a school PD session on technology in the classroom.  I was very interested in SAMR as a model of thinking about tech integration.  It went beyond how I perceived it before, either you did it or yo
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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Future

    Technology: A metaphorical Enzyme SAMR focuses on the use of technology in the classroom. TPACK zooms out and looks at how technology  integrates with content and pedagogy. I'd like to zoom out further to think about Technology acting as a
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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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    Flipped Learning - Keep Flipping!

    Flipped Learning - instant connections Mention Flipped Learning, and the words Khan Academy immediately pop up. This Infographic helps paint a more complete picture, summarised in School Setting 1 in the chart below. If you move your thoughts
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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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    Classroom Management: There's an App for That

    flickr photo shared by Kathy Blades under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license Over the past few courses, I think I've been pretty open about my lack of skill with technology, as well as some of my hesitations with fully embracing technology i
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    Process-Based Learning

    Thinking Further Many thanks to Tanya Irene for her comment on my Problem, Project and Challenge Based Learning, which inspired me to think further. Here's where I've got to.....
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    Problem, Project and Challenge based learning

    Learning beyond rote The traditional classroom has long been under pressure, and in many schools the learning model has changed dramatically over past years.  Here's an attempt to understand some current learning models, with information drawn f
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    G5 Exhibition

    Excitement, and thanks Over the next few weeks I'll be visiting G5 to see how technology is being used to support the the IB Primary Years Program Exhibition. Many thanks to Grade 5 for welcoming me. First attempt at Visual Notetaking, using IN
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    The Essentials of Project-Based Learning

    Last week, I wrote a blog post about a project from my Grade 3 Beginner EAL (English as an Additional Language) class.  The students created thank you videos and tweets for Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of their favorite book series. Con
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    Where Do We Go From Here?

    flickr photo shared by Ken Whytock under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license </small The million dollar question that I continue to come up against as a teacher, and a parent: "How can you prepare students for the future if you are stuck in th
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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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    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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    Evaluating using TPAC and SAMR

    The Task Using one or both of the frameworks presented (TPACK and SAMR), how would you evaluate your own practice of technology integration? Focus: rather than taking a broad overview, I've chosen just one app to evaluate - The Do Ink Green S