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I was excited to read that in course 3 in COETAIL, we will be learning about visual literacy and design. I’ve often been drawn to tasks that required thinking in terms of images and design, and, although in the past I had not explicitly thought about what makes something aesthetically pleasing to the eye, I get a warm feeling… Read More »

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Visual Design

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Go ahead and insert your favorite Star Wars & George Lucas reference here.    In all seriousness though, the master cinematographer George Lucas nailed it when discussing the importance of Visual Literacy in Education.  This Edutopia article titled, “Life on the Screen”  illustrates the importance of teaching the fundamentals of visual literacy and giving it equal weight to… Read More »

Embrace the Space

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Design Principles This animation serves as a clear (and thankfully, well designed) introduction to the principles that are central to effective design. If we are to design media ourselves,  we must not only be mindful of these elements, but also skillfully use them in different ways to communicate effectively. Indeed, successful design “…helps people to… Read More »

Set In Stone

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Visual design can pull you in, from a correctly placed picture to the color design on the article or webpage. As a visual person myself I am often drawn in simply by the picture – to then discover the picture has nothing to do with the article. I love color too, rainbows of color are my… Read More »

The effects of visual literacy

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Welcome to Day 6 of the COETAIL Challenge!   Missed Day 5 of the Challenge? Click here! Did you participate in Day 5? Watch your inbox for a special thank you!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate our collaboration with the Google for Education Certified… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 6

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Listening to others begins with self-awareness. The longer I’ve been in education, the more I’ve come to understand that ‘worrying’ is just something we’ve always done.  Each generation of teachers has had its own conversation around what we are doing wrong.  If you are teaching in 2018, you’ve probably heard ‘screen time,’ spoken in that… Read More »

Spark that impulse...

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This past week, we’ve been discovering the COETAIL community’s favorite blog posts from COETAIL courses 4 and 5 during the #COETAILBlogTour! Read on for a selection of favorites shared to our social media pages.   Course 4:   Remember to Cover Your Eggs With Rocks – @mrabunting discusses gamification in an education setting. “Gamification has… Read More »

The Best of #COETAILBlogTour: Courses 4 & 5

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Welcome to Day 5 of the COETAIL Challenge!   Missed Day 4 of the Challenge? Click here! Did you participate in Day 4? Watch your inbox for a special thank you!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate our collaboration with the Google for Education Certified… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 5

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Welcome to Day 4 of the COETAIL Challenge!   Missed Day 3 of the Challenge? Click here! Did you participate in Day 3? Watch your inbox for a special thank you!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate our collaboration with the Google for Education Certified… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 4

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Welcome to Day 3 of the COETAIL Challenge!   Missed Day 2 of the Challenge? Click here! Did you participate in Day 2? Watch your inbox for a special thank you!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate our collaboration with the Google for Education Certified… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 3

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Welcome to Day 2 of the #COETAIL Challenge!   Did you miss Day 1 of the #COETAIL Challenge? Click here. Did you participate in Day 1? Thank you! Keep an eye on your inbox for a special thank you!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 2

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Welcome to Day 1 of the #COETAIL Challenge!   This 6-day challenge is designed to engage and grow our community of educators and celebrate our collaboration with the Google for Education Certified Trainer Program. Each day we’ll post the challenge on the COETAIL blog and send a short email to your inbox with the day’s… Read More »

#COETAILchallenge Day 1

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Thought this course I have constantly been evaluating my stance on Technology integration and what that really means and looks like, particularly with in this school.  I have wondered just how far we have come integrating technology within out lessons and I have particularly enjoyed reading Kim Cofino’s articles.  I really like the idea of looking at… Read More »

Final thoughts on Course 4

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