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 :)
"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
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
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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Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
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
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!!!
When I wrote my
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
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
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
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.
The unit you see embedded below is a great possibility for my
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
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
I am an Essential Question freak....I love them, plaster them on my walls, and refer to them constantly. See...
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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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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I am the first to admit that I struggle with balance when it comes to technology. I have an Iphone, Ipad and of
When my aunt asked me what I thought of her banning laptops, I scoffed.
"It's just that the students aren't listening," she justified.
Visibly annoyed I replied that if the college students in her literature class weren't going to listen to her
Hmmm … ok … procrastination and interest—I Google myself and see what pops up.
5 mins…10 mins…15 mins later…
I have progressed from self-interest to now stepping all over people’s personal moments in
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Where am I now?
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While writing my posts for Course 4, I ha
Growing up in a family of teachers, I lived and breathed education. My parents are both teachers, 3 of my moms sisters are teachers, my grandfather was a teacher and my 2 sisters are teachers. I remember at one point in my education declaring that I
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Flipped learning is a term I have heard of, but more recently last year because I worked opposite a very passionate science teacher who flipped her room. S
My mentor, a 30-year-veteran Librarian from Kansas, talks about teaching trends with annoyance and an eye-roll. "Every 10 or 15 years, a trend comes back, labeled as something else, and we're expected to try it again, even though it didn't work the f
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Authentic learning through real-world ideas, group work, multidisciplinary knowledge, problem solving, creativity, evaluation and presentation, are what I understa
I’m currently reading a book (for fun!) called Lit Up by a journalist named David Denby. He’s not an educator, nor does he claim to have educational expertise, but as an educator, I am completely ent
I had been using technology in my classroom for years as well as trying new things with the students, but I had never paid much attention to digital citizenship (nor even heard the term) before I began this COETAIL course. This clearly states how far
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
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
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
One of the significant advantages of being a COETAIL student is the level of community engagement required and encouraged. Any educators at any time can reach out globally yet this wasn't something I really benefited from until
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Last spring, after the culmination of my Course 1 Project, Together in the GCC, I asked the participating teachers to reflect on what th
Last week I made an online promise to read others posts before I made my own post. This was in response to a post by fellow Coetail 6 member Jen Coleman about remixing called Seeing the Light. So what follows is a remix (or maybe my synthesis) of som
My Minecraft Inquiry is now well underway. I still have a lot to learn but we are definitely making progress with MinecraftEdu. I've discovered that we achieve more in Creative Mode and that border blocks help students to build in the same location.
I have spent the better part of my teaching career just “dabbing” in technology. As of three weeks ago, most of my technology use was simple. Marc Prensky explained it well in his article, Shaping Tech for the Classroom:
We use it mostly to pass
I wrote a blog post called Is the Internet Dumbing Down Our Students? about a year ago now. In it, I promised that I would be working on another post about the debate on continuing to teach cursive in schools: The Great Handwriting Debate. Durin
These days it couldn’t be any easier to share a story with the world. Yet, we must ask ourselves, why is it important to share our stories with others? In 2014, at least 300 hours of new videos were uploaded to YouTube every minute, and I would ima
I’ll admit that the many times I have used technology in my classroom, I have never put much thought as to the degree of learning (if any) is happening or how effective my use of technology is. It has often been embedded for the purpose of somethin