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Well it has been awhile.
The blog machine takes a few weeks to come back online but I'm there now.
The next two months will be
As I pondered which course and unit I wanted to revamp for this final project (it took me a while...), I knew that I wanted to choose a unit that would lend itself to 1. a revamp and 2. a summative task that would be well-suited to a digital format.
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’ve done a lot of inward and outward groaning this past week trying to grapple with my final course 4 project--and ostensibly my course 5 project. ‘Why did I do such ambitious final projects in the earlier courses?’ I’ve moaned. ‘Now I n
I was looking for a partner to work with on this project. I'm not so good at reaching out to "strangers" but then again we come back to that first unit concept of "Stop Lurking and Start Learning" so I was going to bashfully try to connect with some
My Final Video
My grade seven classes have finished their free verse poetry unit, capping the experience off by creating digital poems. This was inspired by the digital storytelling materials studied in Course 3 of COETAIL. Please enjoy my vi
It’s that time! We’re done! What a journey!
Change is good
For myself it has been quite a transformation. If you had asked me at the beginning of this course if I could do all that I am able to do now, I would have had a hearty laugh
Well, its hard to believe I am writing my last COETAIL post. Not my last blog post ever thanks to my COETAIL experience! What a journey it has been over the past year and a half. I have learned so much which has enhanced my teaching; its hard to kn
What were your goals for your lesson/project (Standards)?
I used the ISTE Standards for Administrators to define my goals for the project:
Visionary Leadership: e-Learning Vision at EAC
1b. Engage in an ongoing process to develop, impleme
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
The end is near to this wonderful COETAIL experience. I am trying to put the finishing touches to my Video. I just published 2 more Travelling Tales ( that is 4 now ) when suddenly I realised I have not published my plan! Doh!
My plan was not se
Rationale for Using Free Verse Poems
For my final project, students in my grade seven classes will create digital stories for the free verse poems that they create. This project arose from a desire to develop my previous poetry unit so it in
It seems I'm not alone in exploring the world of e-portfolios.
Other Coetailers have been here. Among others:
e-portfolios Reflection Process GOT IT
The e-portfolio as a tool for collective Reflection and story-telling by Zoe
The end of COETAIL is fast approaching and the due date for the final project is ever looming...I have so enjoyed every part of the experience but I must admit I lost that loving feeling a little when I found out that course 5 couldn't be used for cr
It seems a long time ago that I wrote my first blog post I am a lurker...but I am changing... I was ready for some changes to my teaching practice however I did not anticipate the transformation that enrolling in COETAIL would allow me. Welcome to
Introducing My Final Project
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Last year I tried my first two “global” collaborations with New York and China. Even though the results were good, t
After having a really hard time narrowing down my ideas for my final project to two, I have finally decided what to do.
We have a new PYP coordinator this year who has challenged our thinking. This has lead to our units being a little d
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Annnnddd we are back!!! Who knew a summer could go so quickly!
The first few weeks ba
Sunday morning I woke up and my husband informed me our internet wasn't working. Normally that means more focused time with family, but this particular morning it meant moving into problem solving mode because the first meeting of #GBCreatingInnovato
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Lift off. I have made a decision, finally. For my Course 5 Final Project I am going to be working on Travelling Tales. It is (I hope...
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GenZed Sayz – TEDTalks the RVIS Way
And so I write my first blog post for the final course. And let me tell you…it is TOUGH! It’s hard to get motivated
A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed.
I was a lurker a year ago.
I was happy to consume content - I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this...but not as much
(I've been having some issues with Wordpress, so if the video isn't working, check it out on my YouTube channel.)
Thanks to Ben Sheridan and the other members of his book discussion for the idea,
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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
For my Course 4 final project (and, eventually, the Course 5 culminating project), I hope to work on redesigning the journalism program at TAS. I am in a unique position for this project because, as the only journalism teacher at TAS, I have almost c
There have been so many different ideas that I have considered for my final project and I am still not sure which one I will go with so while I was tempted to use the UbD planner to reinvent a recent unit I am instead going to reflect on a couple of
My Course 5 Project
In thinking about my Course 5 Project (for next school year), I am pretty sure that I will do the Poetry Unit that I wrote about. I am sure I will continue to tweak it, and I need to further consider whether or not I want to ad
Just Start a Blog Entry
I am really struggling with what to do for my final project in COETAIL. This post is supposed to highlight what my ideas is and to even create a lesson plan to go with it. If I have not pinned one idea down yet I am allowed
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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My head is racing with a million ideas for my Course 5 project. There are so many ideas that link and fit together in some way. Now taking those million idea
OK... So I am not really sure what I want to do...
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 4 courses of COETAIL. It is the best Profes
Last year, I went through a 9-week unit on GarageBand with my students. I planned it, of course, but did not know about UbD. It was a learning process and without my tech coach, I would have made countless errors. Instead, I still made a few that I w
So course two comes to an end or does it?
The big understandings in this course revolved around the use of tools, the effects of our behaviours and actions, along with an understanding of responsibility. Or simply put, what role do educators pla
Option 1: In a small group that contains at least one cohort member outside your school, create a Responsible Use Agreement (RUA) for your division level (Elementary, Middle or High School). You may start from scratch or use a framework fr
I had many different ideas and thoughts about what I wanted to do for the final project. I decided another unit plan was the best option for me, but then I needed to figure out who to collaborate with. I know from reading many of their blogs that Hol
There is often a satisfaction that goes along with things coming full circle, not so in this case.
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Children are growing up in an increasingly visual world, yet many still struggle to convey ideas and understanding in a comprehensive way. Design is everywhere and more than ever, students need to understand the principles of design to communicate ef
As I submit my final project, I'm still working on the unit in the classroom. For various reasons, the timing just didn't quite work out, but we are about 92.7% finished. Throughout the unit, the ideas have swelled, broken, and reformed. They c
The Black Hole of Video Editing Let Me Escape So I Could Write This Post
A picture is worth a thousand words, so, using of unit cancellation method, this video is worth....
So I'll just be quiet and ask you to watch!
While this is the end of my Coetail Course 5, I feel that my experiences with tech integration with both students and teachers are just beginning. This course (as in Coetail in its entirety) has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has also be
I've found the most difficult part of this final project is not what I thought it would be. I had originally anticipated the horror of video-logistics (gathering sufficient footage, storyboarding, filming, editing, etc.) would be the most challeng
Its always a challenge to work on a project that relies on creating a project with others that will be completed by someone else who has to ask another group for their participation in order to complete the project. Huh?
It creates a bit of a ta
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
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When I fi
Since completing the poetry unit with grade 7, which I wrote about for my Course 1 Final Project, I wondered if I could still do more with the visual component of the project. I also wanted students to reach an even greater audience, to push studen
When I was try to make a decision on a final project, I struggled to determine which would be a worthwhile use of my time. Creating something for instruction is usually a worthy investment of time, and I leaned heavily towards the idea of redoing a
Next week, I will be presenting in Bangkok at the NESA (Near East South Asia) Spring Educator's Conference. My workshop is based on the Jane Schaffer writing method, a model that I learned years ago when I was teaching HS English teacher in the inner
Like a lot of other Coetailers I thoroughly enjoyed course 3 and all the learning experiences it had to offer. For sure, this final project was one of the most time consuming. I would log on to create my CV infographic and realise that 3 hours had pa
Hundreds. Hundreds of hours.
That's how much time I’ve spent on my blog. I have toiled away as I wrote blog posts, responded to comments, and personalized my blog’s layout, yet I have exerted little effort on the part of my blog that pr
For my final project I knew I wanted to do a Visual CV, I saw others from previous COETAILers and was inspired. I wanted to create an infographic and then make it into a Thinglink. The Thinglink plan changed because of various reasons (mainl
I would have to agree with many of the comments the instructors and other participants have posted that Course 3 has been the most fun! And, not that the other courses were not
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To benefit my students, I decided to choose option 1, modifying/creating a presentation, for my end of unit assignment. Using google slides I have developed a teaching resource, rather than a ‘presentation’, that will form the basis of a unit.
Last week I was busy thinking about, deciding on and planning a meaningful collaborative project with my young Early Years students and another class at my school. Now, my "school" is actually 3 separate campuses somewhat spread about in Central Sw
Below is a brand new unit that I will be running in three weeks time. I’ve chosen to load it because I wanted to build on what I had been doing in a previous fundamental skills unit and complete two jobs at the same time. My UBD planner for my Coet
When it comes to the new principles of presentation design, I am still a skeptic. I teach middle school English and some of the new design principles seem to be geared towards adults. The idea of minimal text, "simplicity", image heavy, and only a su
It took me a long time to figure out what to do for my final project. I have embarked on a lot of new technology features (a lot meaning two, but that is a lot for me to handle) and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a writing unit or science unit si
With each week's reading and assignment I thought, "Yeah, I'm gonna do this for my final project!" So it has been hard for me to focus on one thing. My head has been working on lots of ideas for final projects in the background.
I had w
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When creating my Course 3 Final Project my thoughts turned to the past. I have been working at the International School of Luxembour
Life is a process of change. Without change, life is impossible. Once you accept that with joy, there is no fear. - Thich Nhat Hanh
I came across this quote in the past couple of weeks and as I was planning today, it popped back into my head. If
The week before a theatrical production is often called "hell week." Late rehearsals, endless rethinking, and last minute changes, eat pretty much all extra time. I've learned in my years in the theatre to make sure that I am completely free from all
In a previous post for COETAIL Course 4, I outlined two possible options for my final culminating COETAIL project. The goal for this final project is to choose a unit to transform teaching and learning by reaching the modification and redefinition