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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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    Paradigm Shift by the Dashboard Light (CoETaIL blog tour)

    "We've got this new concept, the idea of cloud storage... it's become much more of an unremarkable thing nowadays for musicians to collaborate and be able to share their entire projects with each other across the globe." Todd Rundgren on All Songs
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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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    What the 1 to 1 classroom has taught me

    "Despite their growing popularity, laptops may be doing more harm in classrooms than good." (Mueller and Oppenheimer, 2014) This grandiose conclusion was drawn when the authors tested groups of students taking notes either on laptops or longhand.
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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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    Dewey want to Seymour Learning? It's not Godin be easy

    PART 1 Does this ring a bell? "The subject-matter of education consists of bodies of information and of skills that have been worked out in the past; therefore, the chief business of the school is to transmit them to the new generation" This is ho
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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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    Learn design theory - then follow your heart

    It's so easy to create your own new blog or website: a handful of clicks to give it a cool name, choose a groovy template, create some pages or posts and suddenly you are an author publishing on the web. I've done it many times, but I sometimes lat
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    A great and vibrant language

    getting the message across "Mir hunn eng flott a lieweg Sprooch a mir kënnen zu Recht houfreg drop sinn" "We have a great and vibrant language and we can rightly be proud" (Claude Meisch, Luxembourg's education minister on schreiwen.lu and th
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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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    VLOG!

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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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    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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    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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    #observeme

    In the past month I came across the #observeme trend. Just take a look at the movement on this hashtag on Twitter in the past couple months. Combined with my reading and thoughts on the necessary evolution of teacher evaluation, I became very interes
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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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    Course 1 Final Project

    When I first started Course 1 I casually clicked through the different weeks to get an idea of what lay ahead. I looked at the final project and began thinking about what I might do for it. At this point in my Coetail journey I was convinced that the
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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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    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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    My 19th Century Classroom?

    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
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    when did I know?

    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
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    2 x 2 Matrix to Rethink Parenting, Teaching, and Coaching

    In Angela Duckworth's latest book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance she shares a 2x2 matrix that invites us (as parents, teachers and coaches) to rethink the way to support our children and/or students. Daniel Pink, best selling au