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    Can a Classroom without Walls Teach Empathy

    The relevance of global connections is very apparent working in an international school.  I worked at the Canadian International School in Singapore which had students from almost 60 different nationalities and while working in Switzerland at 
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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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    It's All In the Question

    [caption id="attachment_131" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chain connecting PBL and IB PYP[/caption]  The "Question" is the link that connects the Project Based Learning (PBL)  and the IB Primary Years Program which is the most ap
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    Stumbling Blocks to Redefinition

    [caption id="attachment_128" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lego Blocks[/caption] According to Edutopia's post "What is Successful Technology Integration" Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices li
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    Infographics Demonstrate Taking Action

    Recently my class read a book of infographics by David J. Smith. It's called If: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. The infographic I shared with the whole group explained how much of the Earth's water is clean versus salt
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    Finding Zen

      I created a presentation to share with my students several years ago based on ideas from Garr Reynold's Presentation Zen.   I mentioned in a earlier post how I was never happy with how it turned out so I decided to give it a facelift
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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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    Everyone Has a Voice Through Storytelling

    As an Ed Tech Coach, I work with teachers to help them integrate tech into their classrooms in an authentic and meaningful way.  One of the difficult parts of the job is working with teachers who don't appreciate tech in the classroom for many reaso
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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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    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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    Responsible Use by All

    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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    Which Pathway is Your Digital Footprint Taking?

    [caption id="attachment_57" align="aligncenter" width="309"] Which direction will you take?[/caption] 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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    SAMR and Tech Integration

    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
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    Learning About Tornado Safety and Hurricane Preparedness with Weather Underground Infographics

    My grade 1 students are getting blown away by videos like these as they inquire into the central idea that "Understanding how the weather works allows us to make plans"... [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjb7QtMEBUg[/youtube] [youtube]
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    The World is at Our Fingertips

    I have often thought how I would have enjoyed school and found it more meaningful and engaging if my school could have taken advantage of the technology available today.  When I was in school, curriculum was centered around textbooks, writing a
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    Climbing the Ladder to Tech Integration

    [caption id="attachment_31" align="aligncenter" width="188"] Many steps[/caption] Generally, I try to keep the thought of “authentically integrating technology” into the classroom in the forefront of my mind.   However, during the rush
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    Reflections on the first minutes of Genius Hour

    New school year, new beginning! Last year, I tried my very first genius hour and it was such a success that I decided to work on it for my final project. [caption id="attachment_458" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Cocochewy.fr via https://www
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    ePortfolio-Authentic Learning or Digital Binders

    Quality Blogs... - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; This year my school decided to move to digital portfolios. In the past, we used the traditional binders with plastic sleeves to gather pieces of student work throug
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    Stop Trying to Fill an Empty Vessal

    I have often said to parents that my goal as an educator is to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. I often get looks of puzzlement and surprise. I think many people still see educational institutions as vessels of knowledge which fil