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    Managing Classroom Devices

    Effectively utilizing a variety of devices in a classroom can be a challenge. As an Ed Tech Coach, my job is to support teachers and students with technology in the class.  Part to the job is coming up with ideas on how to enhance the curr
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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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    It's All In the Question

    [caption id="attachment_131" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chain connecting PBL and IB PYP[/caption]  The "Question" is the link that connects the Project Based Learning (PBL)  and the IB Primary Years Program which is the most ap
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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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    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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    Finding Zen

      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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    Making the Most of an Infographic

    When I started thinking about finding an infographic to use with students, I found my mind was flying in 10 directions of "Oh, I could use this..." or "I could use that...".  I first started looking at the great resources on Tricia Friedman blog p
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    Everyone Has a Voice Through Storytelling

    As an Ed Tech Coach, I work with teachers to help them integrate tech into their classrooms in an authentic and meaningful way.  One of the difficult parts of the job is working with teachers who don't appreciate tech in the classroom for many reaso
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    Nature's Palette

    Mother nature is the world's best colour designer.  All you have to do it look closely at a flower or a sunset to see beautiful colour combinations.  I remember, years ago, noticing the contrast between a the green leaves of a tree and the blue sk
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    Responsible Use by All

    I am now at my second school in the role of an Educational Technology Coach so I have worked with helping many students understand the schools  Responsible/Acceptable Use Policy (RUP) for technology. However, the policies were created by our Technol
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    Tech Integration - Where am I?

    [caption id="attachment_359" align="aligncenter" width="405"] Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org[/caption] This week I asked myself, "Where am I in terms of integrating technology into my teaching?" To help me answer,
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    Tech time in the classroom

    [caption id="attachment_39" align="alignleft" width="266"] source: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/graduation/[/caption] The school I am currently at is just beginning to understand the position of Technology INTEGRATION. Previously, there was a sta
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    A Journey Down the Digital Portfolio Road

    Last year my school decided to  implement digital portfolios using Blogger from Grade 3 to 8.  This is the second school that I have worked at during such an huge undertaking.  I had learned a few valuable lessons from my last school which made
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    Some thoughts on Understanding by Design

    As I was going through Flipboard to find an article to read, I saw the video clip about UbD explained by author Jay McTighe. I had gone to a workshop on UbD before when I was student teaching, but for some reason after actually teaching, the process
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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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    ePortfolio-Authentic Learning or Digital Binders

    Quality Blogs... - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires; 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
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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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    Stop Trying to Fill an Empty Vessal

    I have often said to parents that my goal as an educator is to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. I often get looks of puzzlement and surprise. I think many people still see educational institutions as vessels of knowledge which fil
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    Where do I stand?

    Where do I stand?.... Have I done enough?... How could I do it better?...How could I do it differently? These are some examples of the questions we as educators ask ourselves constantly not only about our teaching but I feel like I ask myself abo
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    We Need More Messing Around

    “Messing Around” is my new favorite buzzword and I’ll make sure I use it with my students and my colleagues. I like how it has an educational and positive connotation to it.  The philosophy behind messing around is certainly familiar,  remind
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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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    Tech Integration: A Year in Review

    I love the access that technology gives students in my classroom.  I am very thankful to be at a 1 to 1 BYOD school in which all my students have laptops to help aid their learning.  My professional goal this year was to make my classroom paperless
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    Challenges of the Big Flip

    In many ways, my classroom is already flipped.  In my English class, I probably give a traditional lecture of forty minutes or more once every two weeks.  In my classroom we largely spend time working either as individuals or groups practicing, col
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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