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
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The "Question" is the link that connects the Project Based Learning (PBL) and the IB Primary Years Program which is the most ap
Recently I had the opportunity to write for the blog 52 Weeks of Guided Inquiry. It was quite a learning experience for me, even though I have just got my feet wet. I plan to carry on this learning forward, I have already asked my school to order Gui
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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
Include, Inquire, Inspire.
The Learning 2 Europe conference hashtag and catchphrase have been running through my mind since it finished two days ago. The conference may have ended, but the ideas generated and connections made will hopefully last b
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
"Words Are Important was my favourite lesson in Primary School. I loved learning about words and their meanings. Vocabulary is a beautiful word in itself and gives people the power to express themselves."
Digging Out of a Digital Hole's Category W
Here is a 'Down and Dirty' Summary of my work towards my Eportfolio goals/Final Project since my last post:
Liaised with staff, Upper Primary Ed Tech Coach and PYP coordinator to revamp Portfolio Essential Agreements:
ISZL Portfolio Agreements
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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
I created a presentation to share with my students several years ago based on ideas from Garr Reynold's Presentation Zen. I mentioned in a earlier post how I was never happy with how it turned out so I decided to give it a facelift
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For course three’s final project there seemed to be a great fit between a project that I had on hand and what the course was all about. Visual design a
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
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
How many times in a day do we see the colour blue? Other than sky, there really isn't much in nature that is inherently a vibrant blue. It's not a colour that you instantly notice. That is certainly because rather amazingly blue is a relatively new
We are able to share thoughts and ideas about anything and everything with the click of a button. It is so easy to share these days and we all do it. We share our thoughts about a variety of subject areas from the weather, the food we are eating, mus
I’ve done a lot of inward and outward groaning this past week trying to grapple with my final course 4 project--and ostensibly my course 5 project. ‘Why did I do such ambitious final projects in the earlier courses?’ I’ve moaned. ‘Now I n
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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
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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The past couple of years I have worked hard to get myself connected to other educators on Twitter. This sch
What were your goals for your lesson/project (Standards)?
I used the ISTE Standards for Administrators to define my goals for the project:
Visionary Leadership: e-Learning Vision at EAC
1b. Engage in an ongoing process to develop, impleme
COETAIL has changed me. There have been occasions that I have loved it. Times I have not liked it too much. But change is not always supposed to be easy is it?
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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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After weeks and weeks of feeling lost, feeling like I wanted to return to my previous location, feeling like I would burst into tears, things started to come together. With my book sorted, leveled, and distributed; c
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In the digital world, it seems there are two paths we can take. One that has a positive digital footprint that promotions us professionally
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
Last year I read the excellent and scary book So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. In the book he talks about incidents, that are becoming more and more common, of people being publicly shamed because of something they have said or done on
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Why was this project particularly challenging?
The end of course 1 project was more difficult to do
In 7 essential skills that aren’t taught in school, there is an Andy Warholesque 15 minutes of fame kind of quote:
"Your goal is not immortality,
but a momentary piercing
of the ever-shifting zeitgeist."
I would argue that one of these of the
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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This year my school decided to move to digital portfolios. In the past, we used the traditional binders with plastic sleeves to gather pieces of student work throug
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
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.
I started off thinking that this week's blog post on how my thoughts are changing would predominantly be centered around how I use technology in my classroom and year group.
However, as I read the different articles such as Andrew Churches on Blo
Many have asked me when I knew I wanted to become a teacher. Was I always born with the passion to teach? No (but my mom would probably disagree as she recounts a story about me standing in front of the neighborhood children who were all huddled on