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Bettina Meyer

  • My Problem Based Learning journey with my students was an interesting one. One where I feel there was a major outcome which I hadn’t realized was more important to me than the students guiding their own l […]

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    Yes, I truly believe if technology can assist any student in accessing the curriculum / information, at their level, then it is a great tool to use.

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    Hi Alison – this slide presentation is a bank of lessons, which I refer to through out the year, as certain slides highlight specific strategies I am teaching. Making them big, with a visual vs more writing, definitely made it easier for the students to identify the main point, plus it modeled for them what a slide should look like, therefore…[Read more]

  • Establish your own PLN, and my heart skipped a beat and I didn’t know where to begin. Fast forward a year, and I I have one! My PLN is still in the baby-step phase but I have made progress, however I still h […]

  • Assistive technology (AT) is defined by: Kristin Stanberry, Marshall H. Raskind in their article, ‘Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities (LD): An Overview’, as a device, piece of equipment or […]

    • Such an informative post Bettina, and obviously a topic that you are quite passionate about. Thank you for sharing such valuable information.

    • Yes, I truly believe if technology can assist any student in accessing the curriculum / information, at their level, then it is a great tool to use.

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    I agree Kristi, so I look forward to my students being able to express their thoughts regarding this idea.

  • In a world where new technology and new problems arise every day, the ability for students to identify what knowledge they need to solve a problem is going to be an essential skill. In relation to math, that […]

    • What a fascinating question. I love the empowerment students are given by having the opportunity to identify what they know and what they need to know and what they need to still learn in order to solve the problem.

      • I agree Kristi, so I look forward to my students being able to express their thoughts regarding this idea.

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Thanks Amy – pleased the framework may be helpful. I posted the questions in my classroom as a reference for my students, so I will see if it becomes part of their process and vocabulary. Thanks for the site recommendations – I am onto them!

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Thanks Disha – I couldn’t agree more – there is a time and place for everything!

  • Working wiser is important to me as a teacher, therefore when it came to what to do for my course 5 project I had two choices. I really wanted to gamify one of my classes, whereby I use, for example, Classcraft. […]

    • Thanks Disha – I couldn’t agree more – there is a time and place for everything!

    • Thanks Amy – pleased the framework may be helpful. I posted the questions in my classroom as a reference for my students, so I will see if it becomes part of their process and vocabulary. Thanks for the site recommendations – I am onto them!

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Frank your post rang true on many levels. Your title grabbed my attention, as a student said to me the other day that we will no longer need schools… It made me stop in my tracks, and talk to him about why, and what about the social, face to face aspect that schools provide. Even though you didn’t mention this aspect in your post, I believe it…[Read more]

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    I am pleased it was helpful Valya!

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Congratulations on taking the plunge and redesigning your classroom. Just from the pictures it looks more inviting and I am sure the students will enjoy it. I am fortunate to have been working in a’non traditional’ space for quite a few years now. I believe it makes for a calm, warm, safe learning environment. One option I couldn’t see in your…[Read more]

  • Out of interest, this week I made the chart below which shows some ways I use my devices (iPad, MacBook & BenQ Interactive Screen) in my class. I know this isn’t it all, but as I was making this, I realize I do r […]

    • What a brilliant way to reflectively see how technology is being used in your classroom!

    • Hi Bettina,

      I loved how you created a chart to help you reflect on how much you use technology and devices in the classroom! As I read through your list, I realized that I also use so many of the same tech resources or devices as well! They are integrated so seamlessly into our workday that I almost forget how much we do rely on technology throughout the day. When our internet was down at our school earlier this year, it felt like time stood still!!! I kept going to do things and realizing I couldn’t because the internet was down. Crazy, huh! Most of our teachers had to rethink their lessons and procedures because they all relied on the internet and devices being connected. It was an eye opening reminder to how far we have come with technology in a short period of time.

      I agree that there is a time and place for everything and that was the focus of my blog post, Does balance really exist?! (http://www.coetail.com/dgadhia/2016/10/29/does-balance-really-exist/). I think it is important for us to find balance and take the time to reflect when, where, and why we are using technology to make sure that we are creating an environment both for our students and ourselves that allows us to be well rounded individuals.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Will education as we know it change because of technology? What might my teaching look like for me as a teacher in 5 years time compared to how I teach now? Big questions to answer, and this week really gave me […]

    • Hi Bettina,
      I think you and I approach our pedagogy in the same way. The value of our relationships with students seems to drive our instruction. It is clear that your skill in knowing your students enables your success. John Hattie asks us if we can remember the teachers who had a profound impact on our learning. Of course, we can! These individuals understood the importance of making a connection with us as learners, enabling us to see our own potential and encouraging us to take risks.

      It was interesting to hear Hattie explain how little all of the popular debatable topics actually affect learning – the small effect technology currently has on student achievement. He pointed out how the technological revolution in education has been supposed to happen for the past twenty years. It will be interesting to see when it happens.

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Craig – I enjoyed reading your post and the CBL guide. I can see you delving into this realm in your class and look forward to learning more from your experiences 🙂

  • Play is vital for normal cognitive, social and emotional development, as quoted in The Power of Play in Learning by Tina Barseghian. From when our children are young, all we as parents do is encourage our […]

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi – I just replied to your professional blog, versus this COETAIL one, so I am not sure whether I am now doubling up – apologies if I am. Firstly, through watching your video it was clear how your new ELL program will work in your school so I hope it is going well.
    The acronym SPELTAC intrigued me as I had never heard of it before, and as an…[Read more]

  • Often when you hear ‘Past,’ in reference to education, it conjures up negative connotations, as in, it has been and gone and now there are new things to move onto to stay ‘current’. Yes, PBL or CBL have been ar […]

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Bettina in saying that parts of the framework for both PBL or CBL are still relevant today, but new dimensions can be added, as new technologies open up new opportunities. Thanks for sharing Tom Wujec’s video – I had forgotten about his TEDTalk!

  • Bettina Meyer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 5 months ago

    Frank you have just reinforced for me the importance of these fundamental skills before moving onto the application of them! Thanks for sharing based off your experience with PBL in your classroom.

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