This year our math curriculum is currently under review. We have been using Everyday Math up until this point. A program I am familiar with, but do not love (Sorry EDM)! The benefits to having used EDM for years is that I know it well enough to foll
Visual imagery is a powerful tool, especially in today's digital age. But how can I make the images I use with my students stand out from the hundreds, or possibly thousands of images my students see on a daily basis?
People are more likely to remem
After writing my last Coetail blog post, This or That? - Course 4: Final Project it was nice to be able to step away from my ideas and not think about them for a bit. However, once we
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I read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds several years ago. I remember being excited about this new idea of turning a boring PowerPoint into a work of art. I couldn't wait to get home and put the principles of big visuals, 6 words or less and
Many times I have seen people during their Cloud Moment. This is the instant when it dawns on them that storing files online can change your working life for the better. Suddenly they see:
It's just a link, not a heavy file!
Only the latest ve
I created a website for students and teachers to help them navigate and understand the schools new digital portfolio platform. I use Google Sites because it fit easily into the school Google Apps for Ed. I was able to set up a basics site and ma
Could this week's reading help me find solutions to three questions which are related to my teaching for next week?
Are photos of famous artists' paintings protected by copyright?
A 1981 thriller about a Russian agent who becomes US president -
Or so I thought.
As I read through Course 3's web design articles and videos, I realized the theme I'd selected for my COETAIL blog contained several of important web design elements already.
I read Dustin Wax's suggestions on web design. He us
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Who is in this photo?
What are they doing? Why?
What else do you notice in the photo?
What message migh
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During course one, I had a little go at revamping my blog. I wish I had some screenshots of the very original site, but alas, I did not have that much for
It's been a perfect week to delve into visual literacy.
It's the Tet holiday and I'm in Phuket, Thailand enjoying views like this with my family:
Visual images are powerful.
I am no expert in design and I am definitely not an artist, but I
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"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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Am I really there? Is this the end? Like the mythical Ouroboros that represents something constantly re-creating itself, an infinite
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
“The first thing you have to do is to give up the idea of curriculum.” - Dr. Seymour Papert
My heart did a little flip when I read this statement in Seymor Papert’s Project Based Learning, an article 15 years old and yet many of the idea
As an active photographer, Visual Literacy is a topic closer to my heart than others, and I feel that is just as an important part of modern educational thought and classroom practice as Global Collaboration, Project Based Learning and Flipped Learni
In 7 essential skills that aren’t taught in school, there is an Andy Warholesque 15 minutes of fame kind of quote:
"Your goal is not immortality,
but a momentary piercing
of the ever-shifting zeitgeist."
I would argue that one of these of the
How could Digital Storytelling be used in my subject area, tech integration?
Well, simply put: In Strange and Wonderful Ways.
For a how-to of making these videos, please see my final project for COETAIL Course 3: Visual Literacy in the follow-up p
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Howdy all... I haven't been able to get to many of your recent posts as I was at an Apple Leadership Camp in Singapore the last part of last week thro
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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...
Planning a lesson that hits many targets.
Lately I've been learning a bit about design, and this week I'll be starting new lessons on creating infographics with Grade 3 students studying the solar system. An infographic is a powerful and easy t
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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I hope you are all enjoying the content of this course. I know I sure do! There are so many layers to unravel with visual literacy.
Thanks to the article, How we read online, I will strive to apply much of my new learning in this and future blog posts. Here are my top 10 changes:
I will keep my sentences short and to the point. See any Seth Godin post for great ex
This is part three of a three part blog post. In part one I described how my recent introduction to graphic design had made me a bit self conscious about the layout and design of my professional school blog, Mr. Jon's ISPP EAL Blog. In part two, I an
I sometimes feel as Han Solo did when I view my band posters, blogs, websites, Google Sheets, Forms, and Documents. At times, I have churned out these web artefacts with more functionality and use of the latest widgets, scripts, and app tie ins th
I was comfortable with the use of technology in my classes and thought that I was tech savvy. Then, I started COETAIL…
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OK... So I am not really sure what I want to do...
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 4 courses of COETAIL. It is the best Profes
Children are growing up in an increasingly visual world, yet many still struggle to convey ideas and understanding in a comprehensive way. Design is everywhere and more than ever, students need to understand the principles of design to communicate ef
The final projects coming out of Course 3 are phenomenal!
It is clearly evident that Course 3 has had a positive impact on your ability to rethink the nature of design in our lives and the effect it has on our communications. There is evidence of
For my Course 3 final project, I decided to act upon my week 3 blog post regarding the changes I would like to make to a presentation. Since I typically use either Google Slides or PowerPoint for my presentations in class, I wanted to stick to one
Data visualization is an essential element of visual literacy. I typically find myself utilizing data visualization in my classroom through mind maps, timelines, flow charts, and venn diagrams. I often assign my students data visualization tasks
Digital storytelling is one way I would love to incorporate digital and visual literacy into my classroom. I have never given my students an assignment to create a video, although I have given the students some options with this in the past and hav
Presentation and presentation design is always something that I have grappled with as a teacher. I have always thought that there was a difference between presentations and lectures, and that the presentations that I am making within the context of
I love using images in my classroom to facilitate discussion. I have found in many cases centering a discussion around an image can be just as fruitful as centering a discussion around a complex reading. According to Presentation Zen, "...they [s
This is the end of Course 3 already and that was my favourite course so far as this one was very practical and fun too!
My takeaways from Course 3 were the Presentation Zen and the digital story telling.
Perfect to use in language classroom!
Since I have made two blog posts about the unit Got Government, I thought I would keep with it and try to locate a relevant infographic. I finally found one I will use for sure and another I might. It was harder than I thought to locate one that was
With each week's reading and assignment I thought, "Yeah, I'm gonna do this for my final project!" So it has been hard for me to focus on one thing. My head has been working on lots of ideas for final projects in the background.
I had w
On Sunday Megan and I co-hosted a #COETAILchat at a different time in order to allow more people in various time zones to participate. An hour and a couple hundred tweets later, I think it worked!
Megan connected with Joel and a #COETAILchat
Once upon a time...
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No. It was on February 20th but it feels like long, long ago... I said I was going to create a pe
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When creating my Course 3 Final Project my thoughts turned to the past. I have been working at the International School of Luxembour
Since the start of this course I have been eager to get my teeth into infographics. For me, they are always going to be more appealing than many other communication mediums because they just look, well..fun! I love the mix of graphics, colours and fa
Every picture tells a story, as they say, but sometimes it takes a clever combination of words and pictures to tell a story quickly, concisely and in an entertaining fashion. We are all Visually Wired.
Lets look at the facts ( after all that is
Infographics in my classroom are still relatively new to me. Whenever I find a good one, I'm always excited and feel the need to share it with someone, but I've never thought to really incorporate them into my classroom. However, in December I went
The week before a theatrical production is often called "hell week." Late rehearsals, endless rethinking, and last minute changes, eat pretty much all extra time. I've learned in my years in the theatre to make sure that I am completely free from all
I have to admit that I have only ever created one PowerPoint, and it was with Tim Sheu for the final Course 2 Project. In thinking about this week’s assignment, I looked back on our PowerPoint and recognized things I would change; however, it too
I write this post as I listen to my husband marking his formative IOCs (Individual Oral Commentary) for his DP Language and Literature class. The students are meant to talk for at least 5 minutes about a passage from Macbeth. As I listen to each one
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