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    Playing with numbers

    To help think about the relative value of the different kinds of uploads in e-portfolios discussed in my post  The Movie [gallery ids="1259,1258,1257"] I have given each type of upload a score from 0-2 against the criteria in the ISZL e-portfo
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    The Movie

    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 Digital Ci
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    PLN: Professional Lurker Now what?

    My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
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    Ownership

    In my last post I thought about teachers adding explanatory comments on student uploads in their e-portfolios. In this post, I'll think about What should a teacher be uploading in addition to student entries? A photo album? Parents like seei
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    So is it simple?

    In my last post, I explained how I set up the classroom to integrate the e-portfolios. It's easy Teach the students to take photos of their work. Have them select their best to upload to SeeSaw. Have them voice-record an explanation as to
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    E-Portfolios - Getting Started

    In my Unit 4 Final Project I shared an 'Understanding by Design' Template, which I will use to guide this project. As this is a year-long project, I only anticipate completing the first stages to submit for my Grade 5 project. In my last po
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    Timelines

    In my last post, I thought about the criteria for excellence in portfolios. I think this blog should tell our e-portfolio story thus far. Idea 1: Write the blog post as a journal detailing what we've done each week regarding e-portfolios. Prob
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    What is excellence in portfolios?

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="428"] CC Kurumi's drawings Whalt Some rights reserved [/caption]  Portfolios - the good, the bad and the ugly I've seen many portfolios. Apart from those I've created myself (or supported my students
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    Course 4 Final Project: How to Bring it ALL Together

    Since the beginning of Course 4, I've been grappling with what I could do for my Course 5 project. I wanted a way to completely redesign a unit with something that would challenge me, but also do something I was comfortable with somehow. With me movi
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    Managing Technology in the Classroom

    It's funny that my previous post touched on my frustrations with technology in the classroom. It can be a management "thing" and a huge reason why I often drag my feet when it comes to using technology consistently. Each year I use technology randoml
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    Where Are We Going?

    I realize that it may seem obvious or cliche, but I absolutely love education. My biggest qualm with education are the pendulum swings. We go from rote memorization to open classrooms, from timed multiplication to the flipped classroom, and now we ar
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    To Flip or Not to Flip

    I've been hearing about the flipped classroom for years now. When I was in university, one of my child psychology professors gave all of his lectures from the comfort of my tiny apartment and class time would be spent asking questions once a week and
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    Course 4 Final Project: Decisions, decisions

    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
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    Tech and Teaching Tightrope

    I struggled to write about this week's topic. I shouldn't have, as I try to find a balance with technology in my daily life as much as possible so reflecting on how I might do this in class with students should have been easy. I had this same proble
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    Blogging Part 1: The Evolutionary Environment

    Evolution In his post Daysprings and Doomsday Valdir Chagas compares education to evolution. Laura Evans provides a great example of evolution in progress in her Diving into Deskless post where she describes 'substituting' static tables wi
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    The Future

    Technology: A metaphorical Enzyme SAMR focuses on the use of technology in the classroom. TPACK zooms out and looks at how technology  integrates with content and pedagogy. I'd like to zoom out further to think about Technology acting as a
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    Diving into Deskless...well, sort of

    Apologies if this post goes off on a tangent a bit but I was really drawn to one particular area of the future of education and that's classroom design. When I read the post, The Classroom is Obsolete: Its Time for Something New it got me thinking
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    Flipped Learning - Keep Flipping!

    Flipped Learning - instant connections Mention Flipped Learning, and the words Khan Academy immediately pop up. This Infographic helps paint a more complete picture, summarised in School Setting 1 in the chart below. If you move your thoughts
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    Flipping out over Flipping Classrooms!

    Flipped Learning I had kind of been waiting during the Coetail course to get to grips with the idea of flipping the classroom. I was excited to learn more about it as I had heard mixed reports on its efficacy. The main question I wanted to answer
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    Classroom Management: There's an App for That

    flickr photo shared by Kathy Blades under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license Over the past few courses, I think I've been pretty open about my lack of skill with technology, as well as some of my hesitations with fully embracing technology i
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    PBL+PBL+CBL=OMG

    "Crikey! PBL, then PBL again and then CBL.......ok", I thought as I looked at week 2's assignment. What do I do? I know how I teach and how I would like to teach in an ideal world/school but which category do I fit into as a teacher, and do I need to
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    Process-Based Learning

    Thinking Further Many thanks to Tanya Irene for her comment on my Problem, Project and Challenge Based Learning, which inspired me to think further. Here's where I've got to.....
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    Problem, Project and Challenge based learning

    Learning beyond rote The traditional classroom has long been under pressure, and in many schools the learning model has changed dramatically over past years.  Here's an attempt to understand some current learning models, with information drawn f
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    G5 Exhibition

    Excitement, and thanks Over the next few weeks I'll be visiting G5 to see how technology is being used to support the the IB Primary Years Program Exhibition. Many thanks to Grade 5 for welcoming me. First attempt at Visual Notetaking, using IN
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    Where Do We Go From Here?

    flickr photo shared by Ken Whytock under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC ) license </small The million dollar question that I continue to come up against as a teacher, and a parent: "How can you prepare students for the future if you are stuck in th
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    Integration?....interesting...

    As always, it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things blogging-wise with every new course we start so apologies if this week's blog is a bit of a ramble! Tech Integration is.... I thought this topic  was a good way to start us of
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    You Want Me to Teach How?!

    flickr photo shared by educ@conTIC under a Creative Commons ( BY-SA ) license Before I get into this post, I should probably admit that I have no idea what the speech bubbles in the above picture say.  I thought the picture was cute, and I'm kee
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    PBL, CBL and Other Catchy Acronyms

    flickr photo shared by dkuropatwa under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-SA ) license As educators, one of our ultimate goals is to help students deepen their understanding of concepts we are teaching.  We want them to make connections between differe
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    Evaluating using TPAC and SAMR

    The Task Using one or both of the frameworks presented (TPACK and SAMR), how would you evaluate your own practice of technology integration? Focus: rather than taking a broad overview, I've chosen just one app to evaluate - The Do Ink Green S
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    Technology Integration - Is It Really Happening?

    flickr photo shared by AV Hire London under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license I've referenced this point several times over the past three courses:  my school is behind the times when it comes to integrating technology into student learning.  M
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    Final Project Course 3: I love/hate/love infographics!

    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
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    Course 3 Final Project: Presentation Revamp

    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
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    Inquiry based & concept driven

    Concept-driven learning One way of thinking about concept-driven learning is: developing an understanding of concepts by looking at them in various different contexts. A key point is: The underlying concepts are more important that
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    Trying to Balance Info and Graphics with Students

    Since the start of this course I have been eager to get my teeth into infographics. For me, they are always going to be more appealing than many other communication mediums because they just look, well..fun! I love the mix of graphics, colours and fa
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    Less is More - A Zen Approach to Presentations

    http://flickr photo shared by Yogendra174 under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license As I've talked about in a previous post, learning about the Presentation Zen theory was a real game changer for me.  As someone who has spent the last 5 years bein
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    Infographics as Mentor Texts

    Infographics in my classroom are still relatively new to me. Whenever I find a good one, I'm always excited and feel the need to share it with someone, but I've never thought to really incorporate them into my classroom. However, in December I went
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    Embarrassingly Un-Zen

    This week I explored some of my old Powerpoint presentations.  My first two years, I used Powerpoint as my main mode of "giving" the students information, but since have strayed away from it. I got into the depths of my last four years of teaching a
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    Where do infographics fit in?

    A Search Most search results for 'Early Childhood infographic' are mainly about Early Childhood, not for use with Early Childhood children. Here's a link to the top five Early Childhood infographics of 2013 Is there a place for Infographics in
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    Classroom Visuals

    We are coming up on my favorite time of year... POETRY. Not only do I love poetry, but I think it is one of those pieces in my content area the is the most misunderstood and yields so many "ah ha" moments for my 8th graders.   The unit has
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    Visual Literacy is Not About ME

    I think that I have always viewed COETAIL a little differently than it was intended to be. I joined COETAIL for myself to become more knowledgeable of the application of technology in my classroom, to become more well-rounded as a teacher of language
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    Freddy's Visit - A story

    I'll start with the story. Here it is:   Brainstorm Freddy's visit saw me following the children and Freddy with a camera. It was rather an intimidating task to look at the videos and photos at the end of the day. Where does one start
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    Digital Stories

    Charles Dickens wrote some of his works as serials in newspapers. The story developed week by week.  The connection: Blogs are posted each week, often without knowing how the story will end. An example: Look at Adrian Meier Futureworks. This