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  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Susan,

    Technology added an entirely new dimension to this unit. Your photo of students using just their 5 senses to evaluate decomposition changes made me smile, but it also made me realize how much more they were able to perceive with the use of scales and internal thermometers. And it looked like they were really getting into the…[Read more]

    • Hi Anna,
      Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction for my COETAIL project! I actually should have given you credit too in my video or blog post! I’ll remedy that! The video you recommended by Amy Dawn Park was really the springboard that I jumped off of for my own project.
      I posted both my video and final blog post late and YouTube…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Empathy starts at home(room)! Reading here about developing empathy in our students to help them become better digital citizens made me think that lots of the little problems in my classroom stem from students’ lack of empathy for each other. How can they empathize with unseen creators of content when many don’t seem to care how their actions…[Read more]

    • Anna I love that idea, I haven’t heard of that before. Thanks for sharing. That would be a great journaling question for my students!

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Alexis,

    I recently experienced something similar with my 3rd graders when they played MinecraftEDU during a unit on ancient civilizations. Before the start of the unit, I got Minecraft Pocket Edition on my iPad and built a small house. And that was that. I didn’t know what to do next.

    On the first day of building in class, I was able to…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Kathy,
    I teach my 3rd graders about media literacy during our How We Express Ourselves unit in the PYP. When we begin, I am continually surprised by how media savvy they already are at 8 years old. Like the middle school students in your link to the Center for Media Literacy, they can tell immediately who ads are directed at by the music,…[Read more]

    • Wow what a great unit. Currently at my school, our Grade 4 classes focus on advertising and media for one of their units, but I’m not going to lie, I would love to steal this from them. It would be such a fun unit to teach . I love the idea of having the students create their own commercial to connect apply what they have learned. It would be…[Read more]

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    For our Course 5 project, my colleague Andria Visser and I reworked the PYP unit Where We Are in Place and Time to include even more technology than before. We had previously focused […]

    • Fantastic work. It was great to see the perseverance that the team showed when the technology setup was a challenge. Knowing that the learning experience would be worth the work is motivating. Your video was engaging and well organized.

    • Hi Anna,
      I’m Kara Cole and I just navigated my way to your site via a comment you made on my husband’s site (Dave Cole.) We are currently in Dubai and are both doing COETAIL this year. While my husband is a tech coach in the Middle school, I am in the classroom, grade 5, and am loving all the things this course is pushing me to do.

      Your Course 5 unit plan sounds very similar to the plan I am working on for next year.
      Having Eric Walker (http://services.minecraftedu.com/wiki/Wonderful_World_of_Humanities) here is such a treat. We were all new together this year and have been navigating those waters in fun ways. We invited him over for drinks the other night and I picked his brain about how to navigate the waters of using MinecraftECU (https://minecraftedu.com/) to redefine many of my units next year. I am not a gamer, so this is ALL new territory for me. (http://www.coetail.com/queencole/2015/05/09/asteroids-of-yesteryear/)

      I sat in my end of year review meeting 2 days ago and had such fun relating what I have learned this year and what I am planning to do next year. I literally used the phrase “I feel like my brain might explode!” How great is that?!!

      I don’t know if you’ve ever connected with Rebekah Madrid (https://rebekahmadrid.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/7th-graders-and-one-teacher-learning-with-minecraft) at Yokohama International School, but Kim connected me with her the other day. She entered the world of MinecraftEDU in the a very similar way that you did and I can’t wait to join the ranks of both of you!! Part of me wants to spend some good time “getting prepared” over the summer and another part of me doesn’t want to “ruin” my indoctrination by already knowing how it all works. You both talk about how the “not knowing” part of the experience was so cool. Being the “student” to the kid teachers in the class is going to be so cool.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.
      🙂
      Kara

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    Before COETAIL, my PLN relied entirely on my colleagues at work, Google, PD workshops, and FB teacher friends. Twitter was something the kids were using to share the […]

  • ThumbnailI finally did it! I signed away my first-born and gave everybody the keys to my house–or so it felt when I signed up for Hootsuite today. Should I mind if this social media management tool has access to my […]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Thanks for the link to your very informative blog post. Yes, you’d think there would have been some major advances, or at least major changes, in apps for education since you wrote it 2 years ago but I see some of my class’s go-to apps there, like PuppetPals HD and Explain Everything. Others from that list (and more) were touted by Tabitha Johnson…[Read more]

    • Hi Anna

      Yes, I meant ChatterPix Kids. We only played with it, as teachers. Leave it to the kids to make something freaky! I think the strength of ChatterPix is that it can take inanimate objects and make them “talk” and explain things with a moving mouth. I can see why kids would think first about animating themselves!

      Aurasma is fun.…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Vivian,
    I’m glad to hear you jumped on board the Toontastic bandwagon. I think it will remain a free app since the price drop coincided with Google buying Launchpad Toys, the creator of Toontastic and TeleStory.

    Another app that’s free, and that I like, is Shadow Puppet Edu. Students can create slide show presentations using images from…[Read more]

    • Hi Anna

      Thanks for the extra suggestions. I’ll get them too lol.

      I just finished attending an Ed Tech conference (ECIS) and I attended a session on iPad apps in lower elementary school. We looked at PuppetPals HD (the paid “director’s edition is worth the extra features, apparently), and ChatterKid.

      Two years ago, I attended another…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the link to your very informative blog post. Yes, you’d think there would have been some major advances, or at least major changes, in apps for education since you wrote it 2 years ago but I see some of my class’s go-to apps there, like PuppetPals HD and Explain Everything. Others from that list (and more) were touted by Tabitha Johnson…[Read more]

        • Hi Anna

          Yes, I meant ChatterPix Kids. We only played with it, as teachers. Leave it to the kids to make something freaky! I think the strength of ChatterPix is that it can take inanimate objects and make them “talk” and explain things with a moving mouth. I can see why kids would think first about animating themselves!

          Aurasma is fun.…[Read more]

  • Photo credit: Brad Flickinger via flickr cc

    Back in February, I read on Twitter that Toontastic, a popular storytelling app, suddenly went from $9.99 to free. Because we were about to focus on storytelling in […]

    • Hi Anna

      Thank you for sharing about this app. I just downloaded it! 🙂 It’s still free, so the parents and students still have time to get it. Maybe it’s a permanent price drop?

      It’s amazing what tools we have at our fingertips that are free. I think we’re too spoiled for choice and people take it a bit too much for granted.

      Vivian

      • Hi Vivian,
        I’m glad to hear you jumped on board the Toontastic bandwagon. I think it will remain a free app since the price drop coincided with Google buying Launchpad Toys, the creator of Toontastic and TeleStory.

        Another app that’s free, and that I like, is Shadow Puppet Edu. Students can create slide show presentations using images from age-appropriate web searches (no minor thing in a Muslim country), NASA, the British Museum, et al. One thing I didn’t like about it is that I had to record a voice over to get to the publishing step but then one of my students showed me that you can add music instead of narration to get to the same point. Kids these days!

        • Hi Anna

          Thanks for the extra suggestions. I’ll get them too lol.

          I just finished attending an Ed Tech conference (ECIS) and I attended a session on iPad apps in lower elementary school. We looked at PuppetPals HD (the paid “director’s edition is worth the extra features, apparently), and ChatterKid.

          Two years ago, I attended another workshop and blogged about the apps that were discussed: http://www.coetail.com/chezvivian/2013/02/02/ipad-101-bett-show/ Maybe some of the apps are already passé since 2 years is a long time in technology!

          Thanks! It’s pretty amazing what children can do today with these tools. They cost relatively little when we compare them to what we used to have to pay for software. 🙂

          Cheers!

          Vivian

          • Thanks for the link to your very informative blog post. Yes, you’d think there would have been some major advances, or at least major changes, in apps for education since you wrote it 2 years ago but I see some of my class’s go-to apps there, like PuppetPals HD and Explain Everything. Others from that list (and more) were touted by Tabitha Johnson (Online 1) in her Course 5 final project from this past November. Maybe some apps do what they do very well and developers don’t try to compete with them – or maybe people just keep recommending the same ones over and over.

            I looked up ChatterKid and wonder if you meant ChatterPix Kids. That and Morfo were both mentioned in a COETAIL course but I haven’t tried either one. I can see how they would be useful–and probably fun–but the video I saw of students using one of them was unnerving; with those black eyes and mouths, they looked like alien creatures from The X Files. Instead, I might have my class use Aurasma to access videos from a trigger image.

            Sharing is caring!

            Anna 🙂

            • Hi Anna

              Yes, I meant ChatterPix Kids. We only played with it, as teachers. Leave it to the kids to make something freaky! I think the strength of ChatterPix is that it can take inanimate objects and make them “talk” and explain things with a moving mouth. I can see why kids would think first about animating themselves!

              Aurasma is fun. My son did a PYP exhibition where he made a timeline of different “music machines” (phonograph, Reel to Reel, 8 track tapes, record player, cassette etc. etc.) Most students had never seen or heard of any of them. One of the students said that the vinyl record was a giant CD! Anyways, he used Aurasma so that a video of the music machine playing popped up when the child pointed the iPad at a picture of it. That why, they could see how it worked mechanically and hear the quality of the music it produced.

              Have fun!

    • Hi Anna

      Firstly, I love your idea for this final project!

      I understand your frustration at more parents not downloading this great app but things like this take time. However, the fact that one student, who is usually too shy to present to her peers, did try it out and created something by herself is an achievement. Hopefully, the others kids in your class will be inspired by her and then nag their parents to download the app too!

    • Love it! I think the ipads will actually revolutionise education with the use of personalised tools apps. So many things are promised for education, but I think we have finally arrived with tablets and interactive creative apps.

  • Photo credit: IJsselstein via flickr cc

    Next week, the third-grade students at my school will begin showing what they’ve learned about ancient civilizations by recreating aspects of one civilization using […]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Implementing collaborative learning in a class of students with “varied maturity and skill levels” is a great idea. Students sometimes learn from each other so much more quickly and it will free you up to work with small groups, as needed. I wondered how you would select the students for each group though. I thought perhaps the students could…[Read more]

    • Thanks Anna. I sruggle with team structures and like you wonder if a team of strong students put together is better or mixed strengths. For this project I am letting my students decide what they think is their strength. I used five diffrent colored paper and wrote each of the three roles on them. So I had three sheets of one color. I had them pick…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    What fun! The kids got into their parts and delivered their lines with verve. I saw your suggestion that they should change the camera angle for every sentence and thought that might be too distracting to the audience. To help with memorization, the scenes could be cut into smaller takes, interspersing shots of the speaker with that of the…[Read more]

  • Photo credit: Carlos Lorenzo via Flickr

    This week, fellow COETAILer Andria Visser and I officially shared our COETAIL-inspired ideas for our next unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time. During our […]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Wow! Great, thanks Art. Andria and I are going to try letting the students lead the way on this one. They already are playing it on their iPads so it probably is the pocket edition. And they’ve told us all about other kids being able to visit their world (but no more than 10 at a time, they said). They didn’t mention how to protect their work so…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Yes, thank you Neil for sharing your history planner. In March, my 3rd graders will begin learning about 6 different ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt. I’m already imaging how I might include some of your ideas, like that of using Google Maps (no Google Earth) to find geographical features common to early civilizations and using…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    HI Ange,

    Your statement that “I just don’t like setting homework as something that will destroy my next lesson if it’s not done” rang true with me. My class of 3rd graders has nightly homework that is always done by some, sometimes done by others, and never done by a few- no matter the assignment. Conversations with parents usually end up mak…[Read more]

    • Hi Anna, I think that your kids would definitely get a lot out of making their own videos. Sometimes, even though we do it with the best of intentions, the tricks and rhymes we teach to our kids to remember procedures in math really don’t help them solidify their understanding. If they are making their own videos then I think that they will have…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you for sharing your team’s practice of including LIM’s in Atlas. What a great idea to clearly define your goals for digital literacy and include them in your collaborative planning. Like many teachers, I struggle to create lessons that authentically incorporate technology. Someday, I hope to achieve the level of redefinition I…[Read more]

  • Anna Dawn posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Mike,

    I too want to know Minecraft well enough to easily imagine where best to use it with my students. Somehow, though, it keeps getting pushed down on my list of priorities. Instead of waiting until we’re actually good at it, Andria Visser and I have decided to let our 3rd-grade students lead the way, as we describe in our Course 4 final…[Read more]

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