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    Creating the Framework for Teaching Research Skills in the Library

    It is a little strange to be creating unit and lesson plans when not currently working in a specific school. In fact, I have taken this year off to begin retraining to be a Teacher-Librarian after 9 years as a middle-years/secondary teacher, mostly
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    A new way to think about SAMR

    Transformational technology use is firmly embedded within society, yet it is less prevalent, and certainly less well used in our schools. So then, how are students being prepared for the future if we don't educate for and with technology? Is your
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    The Great Wave of Technology

    [caption id="attachment_49" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image source: Wikipedia[/caption] So I'm in Japan right now. At a beautiful place called Hakone, famed for its onsens (hot springs) and its iconic views of Fuji-san, when the great mount is
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    Community(Knowledge + Relationships + Connections) + Technology = Connectivism

    How can we educate students for a future that is rapidly changing, fill them with knowledge, some of which is presently undiscovered, and prepare them for a multi-career lifetime, some careers of which are not yet known? The answer is: we can't. 
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    How can an increasingly connected world maintain such hateful prejudices? Encountering the 'other' online.

    With the explosion of social platforms that allow two-way communication, we have the potential to interact and engage with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Those increased interactions could gradually lead to broader understandings
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    Learning to approach tech like a child...

    [caption id="attachment_10" align="alignleft" width="300"] image source[/caption] It snuck up on me. When did I become like my grandma in my approach to technology, complaining about change and finding reasons not to learn about new things? I
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    We All Start Somewhere

    Today, I officially start my COETAIL blog. Also today, my students started their own blogs. Coincidence? I think not! A few of them did not believe that I was going to be learning about blogging and digital literacy along with them until I showed the
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    UBD China Research and Pecha Kucha

    As students have completed many novels about the culture and historical events of China as well as reading informational text books and watching documentaries about China, they have curiosities about a deeper understanding of some of the concepts not
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    Bolts and Bushes in the Balegon

    It amazes me each week how I can get lost in the task of reading and looking for information about how the learning landscape has changed over the course of time with technology. There is so much to learn and reflect about. This week I actually loved
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    How Do We Do This?

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="438"] Geeking out side by side at NASA Space Camp Turkey[/caption] While I try diligently to do new things in the class where the learning and technology are one and there is no tech lesson before the regula