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    Catalysts for understanding

    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
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    Social Learning - it's what the Internet is for (CoETaIL blog tour)

    “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. [caption id="atta
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    Left to their own devices.

    When I was in primary school, here are the only devices the were available to the teacher and students: [caption id="attachment_131" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image taken from: http://chrisacorns.computinghistory.org.uk/Computers/BBCBDE.html[
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    Looking Forward Hopefully . Sort of...

    There's no way that I can start a blog about how classrooms will change over next decade or so without this clip... [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK0BMaUMmGw[/youtube] In talking about how I hope teaching and classrooms will evolve i
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    Never mind the bubbles - a future fable

    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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    Beware the poison butterflies

    [caption id="attachment_199" align="alignleft" width="215"] The high point of my gaming life[/caption] 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
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    Flipping Games in the Classroom!?

    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
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    Thoughts on Project, Problem and Challenge Based Learning.

    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
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    Tech me to the river...

      via GIPHY 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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    Course 3 Final Project

    [caption id="attachment_107" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo credit:https://www.flickr.com/photos/119903731@N02/[/caption] 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
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    Infowhatphics???

    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. Infographics I skipped across the tabs at the top of this week's course
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    Tellin' Stories

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wackystuff/[/caption] 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
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    Getting my Zen on.

    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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    Time to step up to the plate!

    [caption id="attachment_85" align="alignnone" width="300"] https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2013/03/11/03/02/baseball-92382_960_720.jpg[/caption] I have really been enjoying working my way through the Coetail course. I have found so many resources th
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    Every Picture Tells a Story

    [caption id="attachment_118" align="alignright" width="272"] Logo created by SW on flaming text[/caption] "We need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some ways more deeply intertwined with
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    Off we go again...

    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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    Course 2 Final Project

    [caption id="attachment_80" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image from: https://pixabay.com/[/caption] 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
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    Social media are changing who we are

    "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
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    Always Look on the Bright Side...

    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
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    5 must-use social media for 21st century students

    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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    Explain it to me like I was thirteen

    [caption id="attachment_99" align="alignright" width="378"] We are not amused: Licensed under Creative Commons by Carl Lender on wikimedia[/caption] Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
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    Scare 'Em Straight! Or Maybe Not...

    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
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    I finally renounce my life of crime

    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
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    Copyright Infringer - Who Me..?

      [embed]https://spiritualmusclehead.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/han-solo-hubris-and-humility/han-solo-who-me/[/embed] Image taken from: Spiritual Musclehead So.  The part of Course 2 that I had been dreading the most. Copyright usage and
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    My Business is None of Your Business (or is it...)

    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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    Digital contrails

    [caption id="attachment_78" align="alignright" width="447"] SW: freely modified from Pixabay images[/caption] 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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    Plain sailing hits the buffers

    [caption id="attachment_70" align="alignright" width="300"] Image: dreamstime.com[/caption] 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
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    Way of the SAMR eye

    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
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    Me (Dan) and the (maths) Masters of the Universe

    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... ; )
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    Survival of the Twittest

    https://twitter.com/steveweatherell/status/782484974352080897 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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    A Classroom Without Walls

    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
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    You call this 21st Century?

    "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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    The day I learned...

    [caption id="attachment_33" align="alignright" width="321"] An example of an analogue medium[/caption] 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
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    Changing Rooms

    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. La
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    Taxonomy Domine

    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
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    It's Confession Time

    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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    Me, technology and delayed gratification

    [caption id="attachment_23" align="alignleft" width="149"] Image: flippedclassroom.com[/caption] 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