If you watched the video, you now know that the Earth spins because it formed from rotating dust and nothing has stopped it so it just keeps on going. It's got nothing to do with forces, centrifugal or otherwise, nor does gravity make the Earth s
"We've got this new concept, the idea of cloud storage... it's become much more of an unremarkable thing nowadays for musicians to collaborate and be able to share their entire projects with each other across the globe." Todd Rundgren on All Songs
“Is this the latest version of Windows movie maker?” Freddie asks me in class. “What is the population of Luxembourg?” Marie wants to know. “TWIF” I tell each of them. They know what I mean; they’ve heard it before.
People are your school. People are the system. People make things happen. -- George Couros, author of The Innovator's Mindset
Just as each leaf, each branch, each root and piece of bark contributes to the beauty of this tree, so does each membe
"Despite their growing popularity, laptops may be doing more harm in classrooms than good." (Mueller and Oppenheimer, 2014)
This grandiose conclusion was drawn when the authors tested groups of students taking notes either on laptops or longhand.
Graduating Class of 2035! My name is Indira Xi. I was born, like most of you, in 2017.
This was around the time that many of our teachers themselves graduated from school. We have heard their stories of 1-to-1 classrooms; mobile devices; MOOCs an
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Last week, teaching my Middle School students some basic coding (in the land of the blind... etc), I programmed a game, at least I think that's w
Problem Based Learning. Project Based Learning. Challenge Based Learning. I'm having an existential crisis. Questioning everything I do. Am I and my fellow math teachers still relevant?
This week's readings got my head spinning and sent me o
Does this ring a bell?
"The subject-matter of education consists of bodies of information and of skills that have been worked out in the past; therefore, the chief business of the school is to transmit them to the new generation"
This is ho
At the beginning of course 5, I thought this would be the easiest part of the course. Talking to people? Learning? Piece of cake!
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You can tel
I was in a bit of a panic about this week's task to observe a lesson as my chosen colleague has been out of school for the past week and I was worried I would fall behind. But as it happens, our LOL programme started up again just last week which was
Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational technology.
That was a surprisingly hard sentence to type. Let me try it again.
Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational technology.
Ok, a little easier that time, b
I know pretty much straight away who at my school would be a good candidate for me to coach during the next few weeks (and beyond). I chose a new member of our Year 3 team Sara. She is new to teaching PYP and since joining our school in September has
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I thought my COETAIL journey was over after the Course 4 final project. I know I didn't tell you, dear cyberspace reader, but I
Welcome to the next installment in the ISLUX's Lower School's journey in Creating a Culture of Thinking. Much has happened since we were last together.
We looked carefully at the 2022 vision for the Lower school and sorted the stateme
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"We need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some ways more deeply intertwined with
"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
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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Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
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It felt like when I was a child.
It felt like Christmas and birthday together because there were so many presents.
It felt like ne
Have you seen this video?
It demonstrates how far we have come in a short time, that these people receiving week-old news remind us of Rip van Winkle.
So we bemoan our loss of privacy. We expect Facebook to allow us to join its network for
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Everything was going smoothly. I was enjoying taking part in CoETaIL; my ideas about education were being gratifyingly confirmed (like a lot of memorable P
Steve talks to himself...
- So how did the lessons go, Steve?
- Which ones?
- You know what I mean. You’ve been procrastinating.
- I don’t call it procrastination when I’m busy with other things.
- I’ll just let that excuse
On Monday 26th September 2016 Rene, Anna, John and Joel took part in a ghost walk around the International School of Luxembourg.The idea behind a ghost walk is for the ATLs to have a greater sense of what is happening across all grade levels in ISL b
.. I'm addicted to tabs.
As I go through the readings for coetail, I've realized that all the advances in technology and society must be directly related to the introduction of tabs in internet browsers. A quick search seems to prove my hypothes
When talking about Twitter, there's only just enough vocabulary to write a nonsensical haiku. Knowing the lingo can get you on the first rung of the ladder. Yet not everyone gets i
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One of my most memorable learning experiences happened during the year I worked as a journalist on a radical newspaper. I had reported in a fe
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
To Tech Break or Tech Brake? THAT is the question.
A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was reading a book called Lit Up by David Denby. Actually, I think I waxed poetic about it and quoted the introduction several times (even though I had just
Every Wednesday afternoon, I walked a little slower than usual out of Jackson Elementary. The girls with teal uniforms crowded around a table in the library resource room. I wanted that sash. I needed that sash. Alas, it was not to be.
My mom woul