How many times in a day do we see the colour blue? Other than sky, there really isn't much in nature that is inherently a vibrant blue. It's not a colour that you instantly notice. That is certainly because rather amazingly blue is a relatively new
Here is my final project video (sorry for the length).
My unit ended up being more of an introduction to making connections and blogging. It is something we will be working on all year long.
If you are interested
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When Ron Ritchart came to International School of Luxembourg (I.S.L.), he ended his time with the Lower School Faculty by usin
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To be honest, this was the assignment
"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
BIG IMPACT. small impact. No matter--just make a difference. The world is made better one step at a time, and technology makes it easier for us to reach out. Perhaps you heard of Kevin Curwick, a Minnesota teen, who decided to fight cyber-bullying at
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
The goal of this post:
“Provide documented evidence of ongoing, back-and-forth communication. This reflection should include your participation in your personal learning network over the course of this program as well as your continued p
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The past couple of years I have worked hard to get myself connected to other educators on Twitter. This sch
When creating this video, I thought it would be challenging to make 10 minutes’ worth of video content. As it is the video is over 10 minutes and there is still things that I did not put in! How did that happen? I think my proje
The end is near to this wonderful COETAIL experience. I am trying to put the finishing touches to my Video. I just published 2 more Travelling Tales ( that is 4 now ) when suddenly I realised I have not published my plan! Doh!
My plan was not se
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By far, the community engagement aspect of this course has been the most difficult. Before writing this post I was frustrated with myself. I kept thinking, "I didn't make enough connections", "I should
(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
In past years, each Monday when it was time to change classroom jobs internally I groaned. Usually it would take until Wednesday of the week for the assigned student to take ownership of the job, remember all the components of their job and be ready
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New literacies=new readers
I've written about ways to embed Twitter into Service studies, Psychology, Personal and Social Education, how to host
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A friend of mine has gotten herself into a sticky situation at work. She's not really sure how it all happened. She was voted Teacher of the Year at her schoo
Exploring Connections to Making Connections
When asked to give a title for my blog at the start of Coetail, I chose 'Exploring Connections'.
This is my last post in the course, and it seems appropriate to entitle it 'Making Connections'. I hav
My venture into developing a professional learning network was tentative to say the least. I joined Twitter first in 2013 and promptly forgot about having an account until I started Coetail and in 2015 I was forced out of my comfort zone and into, w
It seems a long time ago that I wrote my first blog post I am a lurker...but I am changing... I was ready for some changes to my teaching practice however I did not anticipate the transformation that enrolling in COETAIL would allow me. Welcome to
I can tell you the first time I signed up for Twitter was about 2009 just out of curiosity. I saw my friends were "chatting" to each other and I thought they were having to much fun so I signed up. At the time, I was very into Facebook and I felt l
It is, hands down, the tech tool that has had the greatest impact on my personal and professional development. However, this wasn’t always the case.
My Days as a Lurker
I joined Twitter in November 2011 while at a workshop led b
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Starting from scratch
Have you ever felt like there's not enough time in the day to complete everything you need to do? That is how I have felt since I started at my new school in August. Comi
"There’s little question that the gap between school learning and life learning has become wider and more acute as the Web and mobile technologies continue to evolve as learning opportunities."
This quote from 16 modern realities made me think
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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Lift off. I have made a decision, finally. For my Course 5 Final Project I am going to be working on Travelling Tales. It is (I hope...
A little over a year after my first ever blog post and a lot has changed.
I was a lurker a year ago.
I was happy to consume content - I used Twitter as way for checking football gossip ( I still do this...but not as much
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As far as spaces go, twitter is a great place for educators.
Over the past decade, Twitter has become a 24/7 space for professional development.
A five-minute walk from the rickety, raised track that carries the 5 train through the Bronx, the English teacher Argos Gonzalez balanced a rounded metal bowl on an outstretched palm. His class—a mix of black and Hispanic students in their late t
Much has been written about networks and connectivity lately. New research indicates that trees in a forest are connected through a network of bacteria and fungal strands, and that when you dig down to this level it is difficult to tell where one org
While Twitter is an amazing tool for building community, microblogging understandings, and organically developing a real-time yearbook, there's more to be done with everybody's favorite blue bird.
Twitter-literacy is bound to become increa
#Teacherbookclub just enjoyed its second online chat, featuring the man behind #InnovatorsMindset: George Couros. I've long been a a fan of his work, if there is one blog out there that educators need to make time for, it is "The Principal of Change.
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What does teaching individuals and societies have to do with twitter?
I had a lunch meeting yesterday with a member of the Individuals and Societies departme
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My head is racing with a million ideas for my Course 5 project. There are so many ideas that link and fit together in some way. Now taking those million idea
Are you a visitor or a resident?
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Resident - An individual who lives a percentage of their life online.
Visitor - An indivi
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Spring is in the air. Lately I've had a number of colleagues ask me to walk them through Twitter. I'm super excited about
Definitely having trouble with this last post. Not because I haven’t been reflecting and giving a ton of thought, time and electronic back and forth with my Course 2 Final Project Collaborators...but because of it. I’m all tapped out.
“[I]f I had to name the most important discovery of my life, it would be the portable community of talking circles; groups that gather with all five senses, and allow consciousness to change.” –Gloria Steinem
This is one of the myriad memora
Teacher Appreciation Week: Appreciate educators everywhere by making time to talk about the trade.
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So, with this positi
Last Thursday, my colleague, John, wanted to take an hour to just chat all things education. Like the quick talk from Derek Slvers above, John has a flexible mindset. More schools need more educators who are willing to slinky their way out of t
The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it and turn it inside out.
Whats the SPARK in your classroom? How do you ignite children's learning and curiosity?
As I was writing my community engagement post, I allowed myself to get pulled into a rabbit hole. That rabbit hole was data analysis. My preferred Professional Learning Network is the National Science Teachers Association listserve, as detailed i
Professional development is great, but the real growth in education comes from individuals that you interact with. Building your own network of educators that inspire, teach, and challenge you is crucial to continuing your growth as a life-long leane
While there are myriad different ways of using social media to create your PLN, I tend to divide mine. I like to keep my work and my personal life very separate. I have a personal Instagram and FB account, but I use Twitter for work and am consid
My eldest daughter ( who is nearly 4) started her education this year in Pre-School. She may not leave formal school until it is 2030. 2030...Wow! I am just going to let that that sink in a little!
What will the world will be like in 2030? What
I have decided to take a more rudderless approach to community engagement and simply do my best to use social media tools, with a focus on Twitter, to develop my PLN. I also explored using Facebook and Google Hangouts as ways to connect with other te
Moving on from just Coetail commenting.......
If I were to be honest and rewind the clock a couple years it has to be said that my personal learning network PLN did not exist in the online world. I am a team worker, I do enjoy working with
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
At the NESA Conference in Bangkok @rickwormeli2 gave an incredible talk that had us laughing, singing, and nodding in agreement. He told the story about how teachers, parents, and other leaders in the community started cleaning up the neighborhood
When thinking of trying to further grow my PLN, I know I need to jump in an engage more. I need to be brave and throw out more questions, while also sharing my own ideas. I love the lyrics in the song 'Brave' by Sara Bareilles(and now love the video
And so it would seem that we have come full circle. My very first post for COETAIL described the Long Strange Trip to my PLN. Now that we are coming to the end, its time to revisit this magical group of people who qualify me as a connected educat
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
So how has my Personal Learning Network been going? Have I been involved with my community? Have I sustained interactions with people?
I think I have... considering this part of the course is one area I seem to be struggling most. I'm ver
I knew what I wanted to do for my community involvement aspect of Course 5. I had decided to link it to my final project because my project leant itself very well to global collaboration. Therefore, I decided to use my PLN to help me share a goog
Why do we see digital learning spaces any differently than physical? What is it about social media platforms like Twitter and Google+ that cause us to hesitate and resist sharing ideas, providing feedback and engaging in professional dis
As I probably mentioned before besides personal and face to face encounters with inspiring people Twitter is my preferable way to get good and very individualised PD. Many Twitter users already shared how they use Twitter to get inspired, to think ou
How is technology changing the learning landscape?
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For me, the number one benefit of technology is the connections to other e
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
In the years that I have been teaching, I have been up and down the Blob tree, hanging upside down, swinging from a branch, just hanging on for life…it has now become a part of who I am. It has taught me that yes I might fall off but then I also ha
This week has been an adventure of discovering possibilities. Our objective this week which has stretched out for nearly two in my life was embed technology in our curriculum. As the self professed 'Luddite' that phrase cau