I've learned so much in course 3! I've been using presentations and infographics with my students, but this project gave me the opportunity to pay close attention to the visual elements of my slides and create my own infographic to accompany the slid
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March in 4C is an exciting time! The tulips are popping up all over the Netherlands and our students are working away at writing their very own myths.
I've been experimenting with digital storytelling quite a bit with my students this year. With the launch of our 1:1 iPad program, using technology with my students has never been easier or more accessible. So far this year, my students (and I) have
While I was working with clients at Cheetahmail, I often had to analyze the results of their quarterly campaigns and take all that Excel data, make it pretty, put it on a deck of slides and present this to the clients. I would then get on a call with
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I work in a bilingual environment and there are more passports from the local language than from foreign languages. English is a chall
"Hey, you got your digital storytelling in my Humanities!"
"Hey, you got your Humanities in my digital storytelling!"
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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
I enjoy bad presentations. Not the "so bad it's good" kind of presentations (though that is my preferred type of movie - no judging, please), and not because I love sitting through boring or sleep-inducing presentations. No, I like bad presentations
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
It's so easy to create your own new blog or website: a handful of clicks to give it a cool name, choose a groovy template, create some pages or posts and suddenly you are an author publishing on the web. I've done it many times, but I sometimes lat
getting the message across
"Mir hunn eng flott a lieweg Sprooch a mir kënnen zu Recht houfreg drop sinn"
"We have a great and vibrant language and we can rightly be proud"
(Claude Meisch, Luxembourg's education minister on schreiwen.lu and th
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
Answer: a whole heck of a lot!
I have never been entirely happy with the appearance of my blog for COETAIL. Fortunately, my friend Amber, the one who encouraged me to pursue COETAIL, had told me about this unit, so I was looking forward to it. As
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