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  • The ePortfolio project presented in my youTube video below is the culmination of many months of planning, interviewing, iterating and reiterating, tweaking, fretting, learning, and teaching.  This project was a […]

  • Clearly one of the main focuses of COETAIL is the building and maintaining of the PLN – Professional Learning Network and the dramatic change in scope that technology provides. My PLN is both passive and active. I […]

  • Grabbing and using digital content from different places has never been easier. Our kids know all the tricks of how to get whatever they want whenever they want. Screenshot, image searches, downloading youTube […]

    • Thanks for sharing this post, Andrew. Fair use is something that I think about a lot as I work on presentations and videos for use at school. I am finding that our students are becoming much more aware of it as well. After my Battle of the Books kick-off, I had a student ask me, “Did you have permission to use the music and video clips in your video?” I told him I felt I had made my video under Fair Use guidelines, and that it was just for school and not something I would post online. But even after all the reading I’ve done on Fair Use, I still wonder sometimes whether I’m understanding it properly. I will definitely explore the resources you’ve shared to expand my learning. I want to be a good model of digital citizenship and ethical use of content.

  • I am often amazed at the accomplishments and the amazing products that students produce to demonstrate their learning. Our students are truly talented (in large part through the efforts of their teachers to […]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Amy,

    I love your passion for STEM and collaborating with the lovely and talented Tara to build up some “STEAM” for this ASL….just brilliant! Using Class Dojo and offering Badges is a fantastic idea as well. I know the kids will love this and they will come up with some great projects to go along with the great learning!

    Andrew

  • Using RSS Feeds in your Classroom

    Information is all around us. Yet as teachers, we often struggle to stay current with the latest information and to deliver content to our students that is current and […]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Kristi,

    I couldn’t agree more! Before moving into my new role as a tech coach I was an elementary STEM teacher. In my experience with STEM students is that they really have a hard time with open ended problems that have more than one solution. They always ask “is this right?” or “is this how you want it?”. It is difficult to let go of that…[Read more]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Kristi,

    Thanks for your comment. The greatest challenge in teaching is always that four letter word that we are all ruled by… TIME. Like anything else I think there is a necessary investment on the front end the pays dividends throughout the year.

    Since posting this a colleague introduced me to Classcraft. This site takes a lot of the…[Read more]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Craig,

    Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. I feel your pain with the transition from PC to Mac. You make a great point about not forcing a device on a student. It may make it easier from an institutional perspective but is not so great for our learners.

    Andrew

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Valya,

    When I think of you, the phrase “stick in the mud” rarely comes to mind. What I most appreciate about you is how you are always trying to stretch yourself and your practice as a teacher by constantly learning. I actually think you are away at another conference this weekend, aren’t you?

    Carefully applying new learning to make…[Read more]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Pam,

    I like your balanced approach to tech usage in your class. I agree that tech has it’s place in some elements of classroom life but not in others. Technology can definitely be a distraction at times and you clearly have good practices in classroom to manage focus in your classroom.

    When I read articles about how much more e…[Read more]

    • Hi Andrew! This is a great point, and I never really thought about it like that 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I agree with what you had to say about the “collaborative note taking” approach that we have used with Twitter during our Professional Learning (PL) times. I also enjoy reading what everyone else is thinking about during our PL via Tweets. I am…[Read more]

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 7 months ago

    Hi James,

    Your post really resonated with me. I think learning is fun. I think we have been taught to take the fun out of learning because we need to test and justify what we are doing. There were times when I was teaching my STEM class and the whole class was deeply engaged in learning and I felt guilty. How could they possibly pay me to do…[Read more]

  • In my first post of this unit, Looking in the mirror. What is my tech integration score? I discussed many of the challenges and successes I have had trying to integrate technology in the different roles I have […]

    • Hi Andrew,

      You make some great points in this post!

      I was interested in what you said about the iPads at the Delhi school. A friend of mine just moved back to Riyadh from Jakarta, and she was surprised that they had to purchase iPads for their kids at AISR, since the Jakarta school had provided them for the students. I do think there are some benefits to the school owning and managing the devices they want students to use, though it would definitely have a huge initial cost.

      I especially agree with what you said about how technology can sometimes unleash amazing learning in one student while bogging down another. It’s a reminder that one size doesn’t fit all, even when we’re using tech. My son loves technology, but he has actually commented that he gets burned out on everything at school being tech-based. He feels like he’s on “tech-overload” sometimes, and he actually wishes for the old pencil and paper tasks now and then.

      I thought this article from Ed Tech Review brought up a great point about how to balance technology in the classroom. It emphasizes that how much technology to use has to be determined by the learning objectives, and that the tech should not dominate the core learning objectives: http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/insights/1410-how-much-technology-in-the-classroom-should-be-allowed-is-too-much-a-bad-thing

      The MS is lucky to have you and your tech knowledge! I am still benefitting from the great tips you shared with us in the ES last year. 🙂

    • Hello Tech Coach…

      I like your realistic view that tech is a tool… sometimes needed, but sometimes not.

      I am an advocate of students bringing their own device (at the MS/HS level) as one of the biggest learning points with technology is understanding the wide variety of devices and platforms that are available. Being able to be technically literate across platforms and devices is a very valuable skill. I see no value in “forcing” students to buy an Apple product versus Android. Nor do I see value in not allowing students to choose a MacBook over an iPad. Let them figure out what works best for them… or what works best for the task they are trying to accomplish. If they discover that an iPad can’t embed video on their ePortfolio, but a Chromebook or MacBook can… this is a great tech-learning moment.

      I speak from experience as a long-time PC user. Confession… the first time I used an Apple product was 2013. It was a big switch, but I now feel much more tech savvy across the platforms… dare I say my MacBook has really grown on me.

      Thanks for an interesting read.
      -cp

      • Craig,

        Thanks for reading and commenting on my post. I feel your pain with the transition from PC to Mac. You make a great point about not forcing a device on a student. It may make it easier from an institutional perspective but is not so great for our learners.

        Andrew

    • Well stated, sir. There is a balance that must be met with regards to tech use, but for how much longer? No longer having a curriculum that requires traditional resources such as books, technology is becoming ever more necessary in most facets of classroom learning as well as the presentation of that learning. I agree that students need choice, but most of them choose the device. I definitely have students that are more comfortable with paper and pencil with regards to their learning, but I feel that it is a lack of knowledge of how to best use technology. This generation of students has grown up with devices in their hands, but most have never been taught how best to utilize technology in their educational growth and development. That mostly has to do with the fact that we as teachers are still learning this as well. I know, however, that you will be on the cutting edge in this area as you are…The Tech Cooaaaccchhhh! 🙂

  • I have been doing a lot of thinking about thinking lately. We have had Ron Ritchart visit our school in the past few days to talk about Making Thinking Visible routines and creating Cultures of Thinking in our […]

    • Yes, Andrew, Ron Ritchart made some powerful statements during his visit to our school. His ideas for Making Thinking Visible in the classroom go hand-in-hand with using technology in the classroom, for the future AND now. We need those visible techniques Ron mentioned utilized in the classroom with or with tech.

      I agree with you that teachers will NOT be obsolete in the future. We will need to be there to guide, encourage and question them in their quest for understanding. I feel any trepidation stems from something new, again. Thinking is what we need to be doing now anyways and not look at it as something for the future.

      I do see myself in your words when talking about testing. Most all of my summative assessments are delivered electronically through Socrative. Students love the instant feedback! And even though it assists students and me on many other levels, I am always looking for other ideas to my assessment toolkit. Any ideas? Variety, the spice of life.

      Thinking! Visible Thinking! Yes, that is my new mantra.

  • I have been interested in Game Based Learning for a while but I don’t think I ever really had a firm grasp on it. I was very excited to to see this as an option for my COETAIL blog post this week.

    My son l […]

    • Kristi,

      Thanks for your comment. The greatest challenge in teaching is always that four letter word that we are all ruled by… TIME. Like anything else I think there is a necessary investment on the front end the pays dividends throughout the year.

      Since posting this a colleague introduced me to Classcraft. This site takes a lot of the work out of setting up the logistics of your gamified classroom. I am working with a couple of teachers at the moment to get their classes set up and going on the site. We hope that the site will meet our needs. We shall see!

      Andrew

  • I recently witnessed a demonstration of a Spider Web Discussion with a Grade 6 class. This discussion is led and moderated by students. The students do everything. In fact the teacher just observes and assesses […]

    • Kristi,

      I couldn’t agree more! Before moving into my new role as a tech coach I was an elementary STEM teacher. In my experience with STEM students is that they really have a hard time with open ended problems that have more than one solution. They always ask “is this right?” or “is this how you want it?”. It is difficult to let go of that traditional way of thinking, it is so comforting (even for adults). Once you are able to change that culture in your classroom your kids are truly thinking and truly learning!

      Andrew

  • Andrew White posted a new activity comment 2 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Lindsay,

    I love the two videos that you found and posted. They are super helpful, easy to understand and worth the 240 second investment in time. I agree that SAMR is more linear and I got the sense that TPAC spoke to you a little more (I may be wrong about that). I do agree that the analogy of technology as a partner to the teacher is…[Read more]

    • Thanks, Andrew. I agree–balance is key! I also appreciate your emphasis on tech as “tools” not “boxes,” as we sometimes fall into that trap.

  • As I mentioned in my last blog post I have recently moved into a new role in my school. As the new person in a brand new job as Middle School/High School Technology Integration Coach I am still trying to get a […]

    • Andrew,

      I think your endeavor is great for a final project! I too wondered what exactly your role would be as MS Tech Integrater, but I believe you have some great plans initiated all ready with MS. The little ideas you have implemented already have even helped me learn some new things….and I am the middle school tech teacher!!

      In my defense it was actually a program update, but I was only aware of it through Andrew’s initiative to increase knowledge and understanding with different tech for middle school teachers. Thank you Andrew.

      Furthermore, in an ever-changing environment (as stated in the readings of course 4 week 1) it is imperative that we stay on top of these changes in tech. This little speed bump in doing something with a program I have been competently using for many years has helped me to understand that I need to revisit many other programs and update some other lessons of mine. So needless to say Andrew, even if accidental, I have learned some things through you and your new position here at AIS-R. It is from this very tiny experience I can tell that you will be phenomenal at the job!

    • Hey Andrew,
      Well I sure am glad I happened to read both of your blog posts this week – I am facing many of your shifts in thinking as I too step into a new role this year! We are in the same boat:)

      As I was trying to think through a meaningful final project that would be relevant to my new role, one of the ideas that I too had was to develop an ePortfolio (similar to the approach that we use for our PD). But the focus would as more of a tool to document their achievements, and contributions to the AIS-R community and beyond. It would also be a place where they could reflect on their activities and attributes as a learner. Currently, seniors applying to university are thinking back to what they’ve done over the course of their HS careers to complete their college apps, essays and rec. letters. This process would be so much more authentic if it was ongoing. Perhaps, this is something we can collaborate on? Let’s talk:)

  • I have recently moved out of the classroom and into a new role in my school. I am now a Technology Integration Coach in the Middle School and High School. When starting a new role there is always a learning […]

  • After completing Week Two I felt pretty good about the idea of a more Zen-like presentation style. The concept was pretty cool and I liked the way my new slides looked. I had some reservations though. I really use […]

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