I've known about Flipped Classroom models for the past few years and now that I'm back in a classroom have had the opportunity to try out this model of instruction. In the past few weeks I'd noticed that my students needed some independent practice w
Lara Porter, John Mikton & Andrew Grover stare into the future implications of ePortfolios.
Reflections from an Interview with John Mikton Director of eLearning and Lara Porter Primary Tech Integrationist @ ICS. I would like to thank both for t
Results & Analysis of the ePortfolio experience of Educators around the world. The ePortfolios in Your Classroom survey contains current information about the actual application and integration of ePortfolios in our Schools.
Thank you all for y
A lot of the articles I read in preparation for this post were about the negative side of digital citizenship: online bullying. I touched briefly on digital citizenship and online safety in an earlier blog post, but I will now take the opportunity to
I know I know, it's deadline time for final projects and I've yet to show my final video. It's all been waiting for me to finish the final piece of the puzzle.
In my quest to become a YouTube educator and make videos for kids, I've le
Hello Digging Out of a Digital Hole Community!
A quick update on ePortfolios in classrooms around the world. I focused on the feedback disseminated from the in class portfolio experience of my digital community. To see with whom and from where I h
I've learned so much in course 3! I've been using presentations and infographics with my students, but this project gave me the opportunity to pay close attention to the visual elements of my slides and create my own infographic to accompany the slid
"Words Are Important was my favourite lesson in Primary School. I loved learning about words and their meanings. Vocabulary is a beautiful word in itself and gives people the power to express themselves."
Digging Out of a Digital Hole's Category W
It’s time to kickoff the Digital Portfolio Task Force. Over the next five weeks 2ag and a team of educators will completely change the way Grade Two students engage with their ePortf
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
Could this week's reading help me find solutions to three questions which are related to my teaching for next week?
Are photos of famous artists' paintings protected by copyright?
A 1981 thriller about a Russian agent who becomes US president -
For the CoETaIL final project, I will be detailing the implementation of Digital Portfolios in Grade Two. Grade Two students will be taking on the challenge of establishing digital portfolios to highlight and archive ongoing learning. As our school t
Over the past month, my students have begun to take on the classroom job of Social Media Team. I wrote a post about this new classroom job here. Depending upon the group of students in charge that couple of weeks, there was lots of interest or not.
Over course 2, I spent time reflecting upon my digital citizenship skills and found opportunities to improve how I was spending time instructing my students about them. During this course, I realized that I could improve my students' digital citiz
I am now at my second school in the role of an Educational Technology Coach so I have worked with helping many students understand the schools Responsible/Acceptable Use Policy (RUP) for technology. However, the policies were created by our Technol
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I used to think I could connect easily with my peers. It was presumptuous.
Now, I think that I was blinded by
It is not a question of “will education as we know it change because of technology?” The answer of course is “absolutely, it already has! The indicators are everywhere, the fact that CoETaIL even exists is a testament to how rapidly education i
Digital Archeaology is a thing now. I thought that was at least 5 years out, but obviously I was wrong. Along those line, last year my co-workers and I put together a video to show kids about being good digital citizens (please don't judge me too har
"Our body is physiologically rewarding us for talking about ourselves online" Moffit and Brown, ASAPScience video (below)
It is clear from the research behind this video, that using social media not only changes what we do, but also who we biol
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Over the past couple years you might have heard about the man with the name mentioned in the title of this blog. He is the epi
I am the technology teacher at my school and digital citizenship is a major component of my curriculum. My students are K-2 so our lessons are centered around the “lighter” side of digital citizenship. It’s an introduction on how to appropria
When reading the question for this week's suggested post topic, I groaned. It wasn't that I disagreed with the suggested question, I do believe that we as educators have an obligation to teach our students digital citizenship skills. Instead I had in
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I attended cotillion as a young teenager. Supposedly I was going to learn to dance, have proper table manners, and be a nice young lad
One of the beauties of being in education is that as educators we get to create, foster, and see learning take place all the time. Often, one of the fringe benefits is that we get to learn too! I recently learned about Jane Goodall's five hopes for t
I recently co hosted, with my Ed Tech Team, a parent information session on "Making the Most of Your Child's Screentime". Many of the parents eagerly attended hoping we would provide the answer to the million dollar question, "How do I keep my
You clicked! Are you also tempted by list blogposts and then find the content disappointing? There is a list at the end of this post, however.
When I asked my colleague Dave's class of 13 year-olds here in Northern Europe how many of them were r
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This post will be interesting because I live in a country where intellectual property is clearly not respected. Perhaps this has started, but my experience f
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Am I really there? Is this the end? Like the mythical Ouroboros that represents something constantly re-creating itself, an infinite
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Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
As an international educator, I've definitely lived in places where international copyright law is not followed. In one country plagiarism is actually considered a high complement so students are encouraged by their culture to copy others' work and t
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Helping our students become good digital citizens begins with some big questions we must ask ourselves and a vision that extends b
Many years ago while holidaying in South America, my friend and I were robbed at knifepoint. We had ignored advice and ventured into a deprived area of town. The young men who surrounded us were probably disappointed, however, when, wrenching it from
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How do you balance between creating a positive public digital footprint and keeping your information private. If that is a hard topic for adul
How do I model and share my limited knowledge on online privacy?
I teach my second graders Common Sense Media lessons on keeping personal information private and creating strong passwords when they are cruising the web. I should probably apply
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In the digital world, it seems there are two paths we can take. One that has a positive digital footprint that promotions us professionally
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Last week I overheard a conversation between some students. They were discussing one of my colleagues. A student had found his Facebook p
In past years, each Monday when it was time to change classroom jobs internally I groaned. Usually it would take until Wednesday of the week for the assigned student to take ownership of the job, remember all the components of their job and be ready
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I'm wondering about how to talk with third graders about their digital footprint. I mean is this something that they really ne
In my opinion, “Best practice” for Tech Integration is when it is natural and authentic, used to teach digital citizenship & literacy skills, embedded in all/many aspects of curriculum, developmentally appropriate and works to augment, modify
In 7 essential skills that aren’t taught in school, there is an Andy Warholesque 15 minutes of fame kind of quote:
"Your goal is not immortality,
but a momentary piercing
of the ever-shifting zeitgeist."
I would argue that one of these of the
Within our Grade Two classroom the focus has been “communication systems enable local and global interactions”. As part of the student inquiries they investigated the postal system, how mail travels and by extension the mechanisms which work
Self-Directed Learning is something I have wanted to implement into my classroom for a while now, but I've never been able to make the leap. Since time will always be an issue, I've decided to engage my growth mindset, do some rejigging and dive in a
I have always found it interesting how different generations view social media. For many of my colleagues is it something to be feared and kept at arm's length because the digital world is full of predators. My students and nephews (all under
As I begin my COETAIL journey, my head is spinning with information overload!
Up until now, social media has been something I use to connect with my friends and family around the world. My facebook posts include the standard snapshots from my t
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Working with CoETaIL has really pushed my boundaries. Even though I floundered (more times than I can remember) it has been an amazing roller coaster ride so far
The other day I read a post by Alfie Kohn where he says "We can’t answer the question “Is tech useful in schools?” until we’ve grappled with a deeper question: “What kind
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
Course 2 project … arrives
The hard part:
Irony. The creation of this project was not the difficult part. I had wonderful partners, who were collaborators and bought into the project. A dream. The tough part is this reflective blog. I find th
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Digital Citizenship has been front and centre in my thinking throughout Course 2 so I was very happy