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a-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words-1000 flickr photo by Frits Ahlefeldt – FritsAhlefeldt.com shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license Growing up, my mom would always say, “Take a picture, it’ll last longer” if she caught you staring at something or someone for a long time. Reading about visual literacy reminded me of her saying that, and I would change… Read More »

Add A Picture...It Will Last Longer

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Essential Question: How can visual presentations effectively communicate a message? As we continue through Course 3 focusing on Visual Literacy, we now take a look at presentation design. As I’ve mentioned before, Course 3 really helped me reflect on my own presentation design AND delivery and make adjustments (both in my perspective and how I… Read More »

Week 3: Understanding Presentation Design

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Hello everyone and welcome to COETAIL! My name is Ange Molony and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn with all of you over the next year. You have joined an incredible global community of learners and I hope that your COETAIL experience is as positive as mine was. I’m an Aussie currently working at The… Read More »

Week 1 : Welcome to Online 10

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Recently I came across a definition for ePortfolios that aligns so nicely with the Philosophy of Portfolios that we’ve launched at my school this year: A more comprehensive definition of the variety of ePortfolio affordances was elucidated by Duncan-Pitt and Sutherland (2006) who described it as: A system that belongs to the learner, not the institution;… Read More »

Looking 'life-wide' with digital literacy

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As we work through the COETAIL Courses, I find each new set of readings endlessly fascinating. It has been an absolute joy to rethink different aspects of teaching, and doubly so to collaborate with thoughtful and reflective practitioners around the world. Course 3 has followed this trend, but probably even more so. My mind is… Read More »

Casting A Critical Eye

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Visuals play such an important role in nourishing the imagination of young learners. Dr. Michio Kaku understands this importance and how images can promote curiosity and inspiring learning. As a Kindergarten teacher, I wholeheartedly agree with what Dr. Kaku states in the video below.  Do you? Comprehension, Creativity, & Critical Thinking with Visuals One way to help… Read More »

Unpacking Visual Literacy in Kindergarten

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  I am honestly still trying to zero in on how to tackle this unit and make it stronger, integrate my learning from COETAIL and create meaningful learning experiences for my students. As it stands right now this is what I want to try to do. First, students are learning about electrical circuits and C… Read More »

Stayin' Alive in 5

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Are we born with an instinctive appreciation of beauty? I believe we do, otherwise, art (in all its expressions) wouldn’t have an essential role in our society.  There is plenty of evidence of art expressions since the beginning of humankind. Look at these prehistoric animal painting of the Lascaux Cave in France that seemed to be… Read More »

Deconstructing the Image Backstory

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After a month of engaging our community, it’s time to expand this community and formally welcome more educators into COETAIL…   Online 10 begins February 5th and is open for registration!   COETAIL is for any educator who is interested in learning & growing through a community approach. All educators are welcome – young & ‘old,’ tech… Read More »

The Doors to COETAIL are OPEN!

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As I mentioned last week, Course 3 really helped me reflect and self-assess on how I was communicating effectively with others (or not) through visual presentation. It also got me thinking about how important it was that I also help my students develop their own visual presentations. As I reviewed the Understandings and Essential Question… Read More »

Week 2: Visual Literacy in the Classroom

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Welcome to Course 5! You’ve made it to the final COETAIL course! You’re well rested from a fantastic winter break, rejuvenated by an awesome start to the second semester and ready to tackle a final project. The finish is within reach and I’m excited to be a part of this culminating project of your COETAIL… Read More »

Kicking off Course 5

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