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    Designers vs Gamers

    [caption id="attachment_134" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Game Design BrainPOP[/caption] There are many different opinions  on computer gaming in schools. However, the ideas of students learning through games is not a new concept.  Teachers
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    Don't Worry Befunky (CollageMaker)

    Making collages is easier than ever using BeFunky CollageMaker. Here is how to get started. STEP 1: Sign-up with BeFunky CollageMaker. You will need to sign-up for this free creation tool. Click link below: https://www.befunky.com/feature
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    Infographics for Younger Students

    Infographics. I have always loved them! And now I know why. An infographic is a visual representation of data. Simon Rogers, author of infographic books for children, in his post, The Kids are All Bright: Infographics for all Ages, says tha
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    Making the Most of an Infographic

    When I started thinking about finding an infographic to use with students, I found my mind was flying in 10 directions of "Oh, I could use this..." or "I could use that...".  I first started looking at the great resources on Tricia Friedman blog p
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    Make Iceland Beautiful Again

    I have so enjoyed Course 3 of the COETAIL program. Though it definitely got way more time out of me than the other courses, I think the results have been the most rewarding. I got so excited, I basically completed five final projects: 3 units and the
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    What Needs to Change?

    Answer: a whole heck of a lot! I have never been entirely happy with the appearance of my blog for COETAIL. Fortunately, my friend Amber, the one who encouraged me to pursue COETAIL, had told me about this unit, so I was looking forward to it. As
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    Lost in Zen

    I read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds several years ago.  I remember being excited about this new idea of turning a boring PowerPoint into a work of art.  I couldn't wait to get home and put the principles of big visuals, 6 words or less and
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    Clean Up Time

    We've all died a small death in presentations, haven't we? Speakers who drone, slide shows that are too busy, too cluttered, haphazardly thrown together with too much or not enough information. I'm certainly guilty of it all, but after reading s
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    Nature's Palette

    Mother nature is the world's best colour designer.  All you have to do it look closely at a flower or a sunset to see beautiful colour combinations.  I remember, years ago, noticing the contrast between a the green leaves of a tree and the blue sk
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    Selling it Visually

    I'm starting the Differential Calculus unit tomorrow in my IB Math Studies class. It's always the last one I teach, it's always rushed, and I've never been happy with my SMART Notebook slides for this unit. This week's assignment inspired me to give
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    What does Contrast + Repetition + Alignment + Proximity = My Blog Redesign

    Or so I thought. As I read through Course 3's web design articles and videos, I realized the theme I'd selected for my COETAIL blog contained several of important web design elements already. I read Dustin Wax's suggestions on web design. He us
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    Sneaking up on YouTube

    This post is in reference to a flipped classroom YouTube channel I proposed a couple months ago. I'm excited, I'm intimidated, I'm having trouble breathing over here, folks. Can flipping and extending the skills-based learning "from class time to
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    Coetail Blog Makeover: Take 1

    It's been a perfect week to delve into visual literacy. It's the Tet holiday and I'm in Phuket, Thailand enjoying views like this with my family: Visual images are powerful. I am no expert in design and I am definitely not an artist, but I
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    Why is centering a beginners mistake.

    Why is centering a beginners mistake? That was my first thought this week when reading Dustin Wax’s article Design Better with CRAP. Then I started looking at some websites and realised “Good Point!”  Visual design in my mind had always bee
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    Prototyping my digital environment

    [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignleft" width="1187"] credit: Stéphane Vermeulin CC[/caption] This course 3 looks very exciting and will be a great opportunity to develop my design skills and improve my blog. As a visual learner, I have al
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    Pimp my blog

    If you spend time scanning the internet for information, opinions, websites...and who doesn't, by the way...you'll notice there are some you like and some you don't. Some that you simply close the window and move on from, others that you'll skim, and
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    Welcome to Course 3!

    As we jump into Course 3 and you begin delving into what things like CRAP stands for, I thought I'd share some previous projects to get you rolling. You have lots of flexibility with demonstrating your understanding of these concepts. Keep in mind yo
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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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    Travelling Tales -A COETAIL Course 5 Final Project

    Travelling Tales When creating this video, I thought it would be challenging to make 10 minutes’ worth of video content. As it is the video is over 10 minutes and there is still things that I did not put in! How did that happen? I think my proje
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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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    Birth of a Visual Résumé

    I’ve never liked my résumé (I mean the document; the actual skills and experience are not so bad). There’s something about a traditional black-and-white list of job titles that fails to excite me. Ever since I attended a data visualization work
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    Conveying the Message Visually

    I was a kid flipping through history books in my uncle’s house the first time I saw something we could call an “infographic.” I remember little about the books except this striking image. You can say that Napoleon’s army lost a half million m
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    Just Storytelling. Full Stop.

    For years I’d seen references to the practice of “digital storytelling,” and this may seem silly, but I often avoided reading about it because I found the term so awkward. Time to catch up now. Turns out there’s an entire Wikipedia article o
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    Zooming to a Zen of Zero

    Parents Night, Back-to-School Night, etc. At my previous school it was called Curriculum Night, when parents come to sit in their children’s desks and meet the teachers. In 2010 I was excited to have a projector in my classroom for the first time,
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    New Presenting Tricks vs. Old Presenting Habits

    Hi folks! A few weeks ago I was contacted by a local co-working space in Phnom Penh, ImpactHub, about presenting during their recent Technology in Education meeting. One of their members had read about the Endangered Species Minecraft lesson I wor
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    Ch Ch Changes

    A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed. I was a lurker a year ago.  Personally   I was happy to consume content  - I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this...but not as much
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    Back to the Future: Time Traveling Photos

    Two photos taken fifty years apart. On the left we see President Eisenhower, on the right President Obama and the First Lady. Who are the other women in the photos with them.  i If you haven’t guessed already, it's the same woman in both ph
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    The New Face of the Class: Moodle vs Google Classroom

    “We have history next. I love history.” When students say this, they don't usually mean History in general but their particular history class. That’s right, we are the face of our subject matter, embodying its knowledge and principles in our st