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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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    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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    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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    Do you Technigrate?

    According to my Humanities teacher husband, everything we do is technology. When I use sidewalk chalk in teaching Venn Diagrams or ropes to teach linear equations or even good old-fashioned pencil and paper in the teaching of math, I am integrat
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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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    Navigating the World Wide Web

    A digital footprint? What's that? Recently, I was on my personal Facebook page, and the "On This Day" feature proudly displayed that it was my 10 year anniversary on Facebook. I have been a member of the social network for 10 years. Taking a look at
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    Eduro Learning: Coaching for School-Wide Change

    In preparation for the final project, this week I wanted to think about how I can apply what I have learned over the past 5 weeks to an existing model of coaching at my school, namely the Leaders Of Learning teacher development programme. Again, I fo
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    Eduro Learning: What Challenges do Coaches Face?

    I found this week's reading very interesting as we move closer to the final project for this course. As I am more of a visual learner the first link I clicked on was this interesting graphic on the cyclical process of effective coaching: As expect
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    Week 4 Eduro Learning: How Do Coaches Work?

    I was in a bit of a panic about this week's task to observe a lesson as my chosen colleague has been out of school for the past week and I was worried I would fall behind. But as it happens, our LOL programme started up again just last week which was
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    Persepolis it is!

    At the end of the last course, I wavered between two options for the final projects, and based on my gut and reader feedback, settled on designing a unit for Persepolis with my colleague, friend, and fellow COETAIL-er Miriam Morningstar. As I am l
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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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    Applications, Criticism, and Procrastiworking

    Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational technology. That was a surprisingly hard sentence to type. Let me try it again. Yesterday, I applied to a doctoral program in educational technology. Ok, a little easier that time, b
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    VLOG!

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    Taking the Plunge!

    All Too Quick! Course 5 is already upon us, and I am SO ready to take the plunge into our Final Project! I have thought A LOT about this project since the beginning of Course 4, and now, I am finally going to put it into practice :) [caption i
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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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    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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    5 must-use social media for 21st century students

    You clicked! Are you also tempted by list blogposts and then find the content disappointing? There is a list at the end of this post, however. When I asked my colleague Dave's class of 13 year-olds here in Northern Europe how many of them were r
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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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    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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    swaying with the challenges...

      I must be the greatest procrastinator around. I have been meaning to write and it’s not as if there was a mind block. I had plenty of ideas but for some reason or other, kept putting it off. Enough!!! disappointments... When I wrote my
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    What we mean when we talk about privacy

    Have you seen this video? It demonstrates how far we have come in a short time, that these people receiving week-old news remind us of Rip van Winkle. So we bemoan our loss of privacy. We expect Facebook to allow us to join its network for
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    Making Connections: Technology's New Role

    John Locke believed that we all come into the world as a tabula rasa, a blank slate. We are neutral, neither good nor evil, and the type of personality and nature we develop is ultimately due to the environment we grow up in. In the continual Nature
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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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    Reflecting on Tech

    In my classroom, I, primarily, use my laptop and flatscreen during class time. I rarely use my phone or iPad. I use the flat screen as a projector, although it is interactive like a SmartBoard. I use my laptop for almost everything else: organizin
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    For Better or For Worse?

    There's not a doubt in my mind that education has changed, is changing, and will continue to change as a result of technology. From traditional online course, MOOCs, and programs like COETAIL, it's obvious that technology is changing the way we learn
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    In which the question freak relinquishes control...

    I am an Essential Question freak....I love them, plaster them on my walls, and refer to them constantly. See... Exhibit A [caption id="attachment_175" align="aligncenter" width="550"] English 9 Bulletin Board[/caption]   Exhibit B
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    Untangling Technology in my Classroom

    This (last) week's reading included some preparation for a professional development opportunity in just over a week. Ron Ritchhart will be coming for a weekend workshop (which I unfortunately cannot attend) and will spend three subsequent days workin
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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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    Expanding Thoughts and a Mystery Image

    To continue the theme in my previous post, as a digital native, I don't believe my thoughts are changing so much as they are evolving, developing, and becoming more tangible. Taking the image of a mind-map, I feel like new bubbles are appearing and s
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    Digital Natives

    Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford said that. And as I sit here, at 10pm on Sunday evening writing this post for Week 1, I know I will strive to better organize my time next week. I am also very thankful that I
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    With the adventure in mind!

      [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="341"] CC0 Public Domain[/caption] Working with CoETaIL has really pushed my boundaries. Even though I floundered (more times than I can remember) it has been an amazing roller coaster ride so far
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    Headlines & Deadlines: the Game!

    For my Course 4 final project (and, eventually, the Course 5 culminating project), I hope to work on redesigning the journalism program at TAS. I am in a unique position for this project because, as the only journalism teacher at TAS, I have almost c
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    Tech Break/Brake

    To Tech Break or Tech Brake? THAT is the question. A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was reading a book called Lit Up by David Denby. Actually, I think I waxed poetic about it and quoted the introduction several times (even though I had just
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    Badge Envy

    Every Wednesday afternoon, I walked a little slower than usual out of Jackson Elementary. The girls with teal uniforms crowded around a table in the library resource room. I wanted that sash. I needed that sash. Alas, it was not to be. My mom woul