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
“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.
When I was in primary school, here are the only devices the were available to the teacher and students:
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There's no way that I can start a blog about how classrooms will change over next decade or so without this clip...
In talking about how I hope teaching and classrooms will evolve i
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
Created by Knewton
For non-Brits amongst the readership 'flipping' is a slang/polite/kid friendly version of f@#k. I guess that the sign of a bad pun in my title is the need to explain it...
Kicking off this week with a look at the flipped
This week, I am going to share my thoughts on the three different approaches to learning and hopefully give some examples of my own classroom practice.
Project Based Learning
This is the approach that I have been trying to include in my classro
I couldn't think of a title for the first blog post of Course 4, so decided on a bad pun. Try not to judge me too harshly...
There have been many occasions during the Coetail course when I have been introduced to brand n
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So, here we are at the end of Course three and it has certainly been the one that I have found most demanding so far. N
As I have said numerous times during this course, it is time told hold up my hands and confess. This week I have been introduced to yet another term for the first time.
I skipped across the tabs at the top of this week's course
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I spend much of my time gazing back to the past; my 'glorious' youth. Any opportunity to reminisce is gladly accepted. So, I couldn't th
This week I am getting my zen on and talking about making a presentation 'more zen'. I will be going into more depth at the end of Course 3 as I am going with Option 1 for my final project.
This week I just want to give some of my initial thoug
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I have really been enjoying working my way through the Coetail course. I have found so many resources th
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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
Well - it seems like ages since I last blogged and it is a nice feeling to be starting up again.
I have been looking forward to Course 3 as it is one that I had a little bit of prior knowledge about. A friend of mine, who recently finished the Coe
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For my Course 2 Final project I have designed a unit of work for Key Stage Two children.
I contacted the teachers at a school in the UK. T
"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
It feels like my blog posts throughout Course 2 have been leaning in a negative direction. In my first post I talked about my digital footprint, mainly how easy it is to create a negative one. I even talked about the issue of public shaming. Next I d
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
Thinking about how we teach children digital citizenship skills and in particular those regarding issues such as cyber-bullying, plagiarism, copyright infringement, digital footprint... I have been reminded of how I was taught about these kind of iss
Many years ago while holidaying in South America, my friend and I were robbed at knifepoint. We had ignored advice and ventured into a deprived area of town. The young men who surrounded us were probably disappointed, however, when, wrenching it from
Image taken from: Spiritual Musclehead
So. The part of Course 2 that I had been dreading the most. Copyright usage and
A quick aside before I start this blog on matters of privacy. Looking at this weeks reading I clicked on the very first link: Job Hunting: Take a look at your Facebook page. A message popped up 'Safari can't verify the website... ...personal and conf
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Last week I overheard a conversation between some students. They were discussing one of my colleagues. A student had found his Facebook p
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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
First off; apologies for the terrible puns in the title of this blog. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Secondly.; I can't believe I actually found a title image with both He-Man and maths included! The Internet is truly life changing... ; )
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
Last week I was flicking through Twitter and I saw the image above. It is a school in The Netherlands who were combating a tuberculosis outbreak by setting up their classrooms outside. It reminded me of something that Shelley Wright had mentioned i
"Let's not just adopt technology into our schools. Let's adapt it, push it, pull it, iterate with it, experiment with it, test it, and redo it".
Marc Prensky's call to arms demonstrates how he foresaw (in 2005) that we would struggle to change ou
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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
When I started looking into the Coetail course and exploring the possibility of actually doing it, I was under the impression that it would be entirely about technology. Specifically, how I do/don't use it and how I can use it more effectively.
When I went for breakfast at the ISTE conference one day last June, I picked up more than just muffins and coffee. ISTE's best-kept secret was finally out: the 2016 Standards for Students in handy poster format. I tweeted them out.
— Steve Weathe
I have a confession to make.
I'm not much of a blogger. To be clear, I love the concept of blogging, the thought of blogging, the desire to put an idea 'out there' and allow a total stranger to make a comment on what's happening in your head ri
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This week, I considered the idea of Perspectives with my Grade 11 Theory of Knowledge students.
How do our identity and our experiences affect wh