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The COETAIL Community

Come curious, leave inspired, take action

Building a community takes effort. A LOT of effort. Moving overseas is enough evidence of this community building. I knew no one. So, I had to start somewhere. I began with work friends – because how else were you going to meet new people besides your coworkers? Sure I could have gone to a bar (although… Read More »

Let's Root for Each Other and Watch Each Other Grow

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Will education as we know it change because of technology? Where and how will we be teaching in 5, 10, 15 years time? Our school recently finalised its Educational Technology Plan. At the heart of its philosophy is the 21st century Learning Framework. Information, Media and Technology Skills are essential components of it. The fact… Read More »

Looking into the future...

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A reminder that the due date of December 2 for your Course 5 Project is a hard deadline as it needs to be ready for other participants to provide Peer Feedback the week of December 3 – 9. For Course 5 you need to complete the following… Blog Post #1: Intro to Final Project Blog… Read More »

Finishing up Course 5

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David Northern Ireland Shanghai (see amazing picture above) Technology Integration COETAIL 11 techned@techned1 Earlier this year, in an air conditioned office in Shanghai, whilst discussing PD opportunities with my principal, he got very excited about this thing called  COETAIL. So I decided to see what all the fuss was about and look into it.  Initially… Read More »

Intro

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Using Design Thinking in the classroom can have meaningful effects on student learning and ability to solution make (rather than problem solve). But throughout my own personal learning journey most ideas I’ve come across have been a far stretch for the type of work I do with 6 and 7-year olds each day. But then… Read More »

prototyping their learning

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The adage says “It takes a village to raise a child.” But in this case, it took a village (of students across 5 different countries) to write a story. Here is the journey of our Travelling Tales village: and here is our finished tale: I’m thankful to Joel Bevans for creating this opportunity. I am… Read More »

it takes a village

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What will teaching and learning look like 15 years from now? With how quickly trends in education change no one really knows what it will look like. But, with the increase of technology in education, I personally think that school buildings, teaching styles, and the amount of teachers needed to provide a quality education will… Read More »

Look into My Crystal Ball

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Ever since I completed the Eduro Learning Micro Credential back in June I’ve made a conscious effort to stay connected (in some capacity) with my mentor Kim Confino & the Eduro Learning Team. The unique program was a valuable experience in which, similar to COETAIL, contained loads of personal and practical professional development. Upon completion,… Read More »

Coach Better: Community Engagement

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Using Project Based Learning (PBL) is an important way teachers can easily build language scaffolds (see examples from Edutopia) into their teaching. PBL allows all students to find their talents and pursue a different way of learning. It works as a scaffold for students of all language abilities. First, the project gives context to the language… Read More »

PBL is Good for Emerging Bilinguals

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Flipping the classroom is one of those instructional strategies that seems to elicit opposing reactions from educators: some vow by it arguing that is an excellent avenue for student-centered learning, whilst others claim that it is essentially the lecture-model of teaching in disguise. The University of Texas at Austin succinctly explains what a flipped classroom is… Read More »

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

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Hi, my name is Denise Goldsmith and I am originally from Southern California (LA area). I have been living in Israel since 1995 and teach 1st Grade at the American Internation School in Even Yehuda, Israel (WBAIS).  This is my 20th year at the school and 17th in 1st grade. I am part of the… Read More »

I Am...

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Two years ago I attended GenCon, a four day gaming convention that attracts gamers and game developers from around the world. Being the intrepid educators that we are, my partner and I applied for tickets for the pre-convention PD day offered by local libraries and developers. I joined a group of librarians and teachers for… Read More »

Gotta Catch Em All

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