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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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    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
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    Blogging Part 2: SAMR and Data Driven Dialogue

    A supportive community I've just been reading the comments on the student blogs. What a wonderful, supportive community they have created. Here are some of them: Click on the forward arrow to advance the slides Before I look further thoug
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    Technology Integration...Embedding Technology...Same-Same?

    What is "Technology Integration"? I was thinking about how I would define "technology integration" before completing the required readings, and I would have said it is the use of technology within the classroom to infuse or enhance the learning t
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    How Am I Doing?

    [caption id="attachment_218" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by ScoRDS https://flickr.com/photos/scords/5584668013 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license[/caption] In reading all of the various articles and definitions of
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    Where I am Now

    This year, our school went to a 1:1 MacBook program in the MS after first introducing it at the elementary level.  To encourage teachers to fully integrate technology, the school brought in Kim Coffino to do a workshop on "Transforming Student Learn
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    By thoroughly trained...

    It's never lost on me that one rarely has a 'unique' idea, just an idea that is 'new' to them. As I read the must read article for Course 4, What is Successful Technology Integration an Edutopia post, I kept thinking that... one can't argue t
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    Rahila Mukaddam wrote a tagged post :

    Stars and Wishes

    If only... In my ideal world, I would have iPads in my classroom for my kiddos so that they can use them regularly and tech usage would be student-centered instead of teacher-centric. But alas! I have just one iPad (mine) and one computer to wo
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    Modeling is Key

    [caption id="attachment_362" align="alignleft" width="251"] Photo Credit: Clark Atkinson via Compfight cc[/caption]   Finding the motivation to start course 4 has been difficult. I have just come off spring break, my bio 9s are finishing
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    CARP Jr: Design Principles REDEFINED (FINAL COETAIL PROJECT)

    Children are growing up in an increasingly visual world, yet many still struggle to convey ideas and understanding in a comprehensive way. Design is everywhere and more than ever, students need to understand the principles of design to communicate ef
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    Abby Moore wrote a tagged post :

    Striving for Transformation

    [caption id="attachment_156" align="aligncenter" width="300"] flickr photo by katiahildebrandt https://flickr.com/photos/129626372@N06/18192681343 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license[/caption] At the beginning of the year, I wanted
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    Lindsey Kundel wrote a tagged post :

    Botox for Technology Integration

    According to a somewhat dated 2007 Edutopia article, technology integration is defined as “the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software app
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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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    A Minecraft Inquiry - Course 5 Final Project

    MinecraftEdu is a phenomenal tool for educators. The possibilities are endless and I am already planning how to integrate MinecraftEdu into language, mathematics and social studies units. I found that a one hour setup before each session real
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    Librarian, defined.

    Merriam-Webster's definition of a librarian: 1. a person who works in a library (simple); 2. a specialist in the care or management of a library (full) My personal (and day-to-day) definition of a librarian: 1. teacher librarian; 2. book orde
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    Transforming a Task with Tech

    As teachers, we do a lot of great things with our students, but sometimes we need to stop doing great things in order to do better things. My Author Study Routine This is how I usually carry out author studies with my Beginner English as an
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    Lauren Purdy wrote a tagged post :

    We don't always like what we see

    Photo Credit: lora.todorova via Compfight cc This weeks task "evaluate your own practice of technology integration" was an easy one for me. I could easily sum it up in one word - minimal. Honestly, with two students who regularly bring their IPads t
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    Technology, Classrooms, and the Library

    Technology as a SUPPORT to Curriculum Whenever I think of technology integration in the classroom, the big idea I need to remember is that technology should not be in addition to instruction but should actually “support… the curricular goals, an
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    A Letter to Myself on SAMR

    Dear Megan, This week of reflection on technology integration was hard for you, you felt frustrated when you reflected on your technology integration according to the SAMR and TPACK model. Sure, as a teacher you felt confident because you knew th
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    Integral Integration

    Hi, Wow that break went quick!! The holiday always seems so long at the beginning but all of a sudden your looking at your school bag thinking..."Do I really have to pick you up tomorrow??!" Anyway we move onto course 4 of COETAIL and I think the
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    Rebecca Jardin wrote a tagged post :

    Rocking My World With SAMR

    What is TECHNOLOGY Integration? “Technology integration is the use of technology resources -- computers, mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, digital cameras, social media platforms and networks, software applications, the Internet, etc.
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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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    The trouble with "final" projects: Considering them finished!

    I've found the most difficult part of this final project is not what I thought it would be.  I had originally anticipated the horror of video-logistics (gathering sufficient footage, storyboarding, filming, editing, etc.) would be the most challeng
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    Course 1 Project: Belief Systems and Short Films

    For this project I chose a unit I previously developed and taught in 9th grade Ancient History. I'm about to use it again in ELL History and I'd love any criticism that leads to improvement. To me this unit represents something of a milestone beca