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    Can a Classroom without Walls Teach Empathy

    The relevance of global connections is very apparent working in an international school.  I worked at the Canadian International School in Singapore which had students from almost 60 different nationalities and while working in Switzerland at 
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    Designers vs Gamers

    [caption id="attachment_134" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Game Design BrainPOP[/caption] There are many different opinions  on computer gaming in schools. However, the ideas of students learning through games is not a new concept.  Teachers
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    What's the change?

    This weeks post is looking at whether I have made progress in my integration of technology in the classroom and from my learning what tips or advice could I suggest to others who may be just starting out on their own examination of technology in the
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    Stumbling Blocks to Redefinition

    [caption id="attachment_128" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Lego Blocks[/caption] According to Edutopia's post "What is Successful Technology Integration" Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices li
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    Paint Chips and Oceans: Metaphors for the SAMR Model

    Reading both Michelle Beard as well as Maggie Hos-McGrane's posts about their reflections of the SAMR model and how they both used the model to help reflect upon the ways they each integrate technology with their students made me consider the ways
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    Gotta start somewhere...

    I've mentioned before that there had never been a tech integrator at the school I'm currently at. Not only that, we have had some devices, but perhaps the intentionality and purpose of them had not been identified yet. That being said, there had been
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    SAMR This and That

    Several years ago I was introduced to the SAMR model.  I think it is a great framework to use especially for those who are beginning their tech integration journey.  As a technology teacher my main focus is how to implement meaningful technology th
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    Why tech Integration must rhyme with pedagogy and curriculum?

    Integrating technology into the curriculum in a seamless, purposeful and meaningful way takes a mix of dispositions: curiosity, effort, growth mindset, patience and risk-taking, but also and perhaps mostly, a good portion of collaboration. In
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    Course 5 Final Project: My COETAIL Learning Journey

    The final version of my Course 5 Final Project is here! I have titled it My COETAIL Learning Journey because most of what I have learned through the course of this program is demonstrated in my final project video. My project itself is explained in
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    In the Midst...

    Yes! We have started our new NGSS unit, Systems and System Models with our grade 9 students, and so far, so good! I want to use this next blog post to organize my thoughts and get some feedback from you before I get too deep in this unit and project.
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    The final project...thoughts and ideas ???

    I have learned a lot through COETAIL (though I still get stuck on minor techie issues) and I have done some really cool projects such as The Little Ideas Swap Blog where my students blogged what they were learning and what school was like to other st
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    Triumverate of EdTech

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU4pyiB-kq0[/youtube] When examining the use of devices to support learning in the classroom, it is helpful to divide the context into three major categories. Hardware, software and whether it is effective
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    Redefinition Edtechnologist

      “User inspired upper-level technology literacy; collaboratively coupled with the ability to apply knowledge and skills effectively to perform or complete a task.” In a wordy, complicated nutshell that is my definition of what we are all
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    Technology is Global, Technique is Local

    Working in a 1-1 laptop environment was a reason for excitement when I came to my current school. Perhaps in my enthusiasm I imagined the new possibilities more than the challenges. Now, five years later, I’m closer to finding the right classroom t
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    Improved...but still have a long way to go

    As I think about the technology I use in my classroom and reflect back to how much I was using prior to COETAIL, I do have to say I have learned a lot and improved in some ways. Often, I would just add technology because it was expected, but I nev
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    C5 Final Project: Collaborating to Make a Difference.

    COURSE 5, FINAL PROJECT VIDEO https://youtu.be/02jgryIx34Y What were your goals for your project? My main goal was to successfully and meaningfully collaborate with a class in New York. The students needed to be truly connected with their buddy an
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    A Shout Out To My People (Being in touch in the final days of COETAIL...)

    (Disclaimer - if you're even remotely considering ever trying out badging as a project with your learners, you will be hard pressed to find as much inspiration as the links and shoutouts in this post will give. I give mad and total props to all my pe
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    "We are all Technology Teachers"

    I’ve been teaching many years and have seen the different forms of technology, but I had always been too nervous to dive in and try some of it, I just left it for the technology teacher. I have been doing myself and my students an injustice by havi
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    Course 4 Final Project: Models & Systems

    Wow! The end of Course 4 is here :) As usual, these courses seem to fly right on by! I really can't believe that our final course, Course 5, is upon us in the very near future. Why? The unit you see embedded below is a great possibility for my
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    Conveying the Message Visually

    I was a kid flipping through history books in my uncle’s house the first time I saw something we could call an “infographic.” I remember little about the books except this striking image. You can say that Napoleon’s army lost a half million m
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    The World is at Our Fingertips

    I have often thought how I would have enjoyed school and found it more meaningful and engaging if my school could have taken advantage of the technology available today.  When I was in school, curriculum was centered around textbooks, writing a
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    Climbing the Ladder to Tech Integration

    [caption id="attachment_31" align="aligncenter" width="188"] Many steps[/caption] Generally, I try to keep the thought of “authentically integrating technology” into the classroom in the forefront of my mind.   However, during the rush
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    Course 5 Final Project: E-Portfolios and Seesaw

    Well, I hope all my fellow Coetailers had a great summer break and a great start to the new school year! As ever with the start of each Coetail course during this whole experience (which I have loved), I have found post 1 of Course 5 difficult to wr
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    S'more acronyms, please

    While I remembered vaguely the term SAMR from the first COETAIL courses, just looking at the acronyms at first made me think: something cooked up by a technology expert with no connection to the classroom. Then I found 2 winners to clear it all up
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    Not Quite Second Nature, But Getting There

    Where Am I on the tech integration spectrum.   image from cliparting I have no idea. Well that's not necessarily true, exactly. But I'm low, not in that I'm sad and can't get up kind of low, which is far more serious, but in that
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    From Enhancement to Transformation

    While this is the first exposure that I have had to SAMR and TPACK, I feel like there is an intrinsic knowledge of these frameworks that most educators (in the 21st century, at least) already possess. It's the identification and purposeful practice a
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    Ch-Ch-Change!

    My own practice of technology integration has come a LONG way. As a millennial myself, I can remember getting our first ever family computer and first using AOL instant messenger in 7th grade. Technology has been a part of my life for almost as long
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    Laura Kaufman wrote a tagged post :

    Troubleshooting as a Skill Worth Teaching

    Apparently the average 6-year old is better at technology than I am. This is absolutely not a surprise. I tend to blame computer fairies for my woes, but maybe I was just born a few decades too late. Whether you are a digital native or a digital imm
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    Ready or not...

    [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIXyKmElvv8[/youtube] I just got home from our weekly elementary PD session and am so encouraged and reflecting a lot.  Our teacher tech leaders from the eLearning committee lead the session on SAMR. The
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    From SAMR (hate) to TPACK (love)

    When I first started CoETAIL at the very beginning of this school year, I was very motivated to integrate technology purposefully. I tried blogging, a little bit of moviemaking, research, and Google docs. I was motivated to make my classroom environm
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    SAMR and My Classroom

    I first heard about SAMR about two years ago during a school PD session on technology in the classroom.  I was very interested in SAMR as a model of thinking about tech integration.  It went beyond how I perceived it before, either you did it or yo
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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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    Course 2 Project Reflection -- Holden the 21st century man?

    Course 2 project … arrives The hard part: Irony. The creation of this project was not the difficult part. I had wonderful partners, who were collaborators and bought into the project. A dream. The tough part is this reflective blog. I find th