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Carly Thomas

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  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Something that might help with the internet issue (we have similar issues here in China) is to purchase a large number of USB drives, which are pretty cheap nowadays. I upload the videos directly to the USB and the students download it to their computer, no internet required. I love the Flip classroom, it’s great to see it can also work with…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I can’t believe it…I watched/listened to that tomato kitchen timer video for about 8 minutes before I realized that nothing else was going to happen. So now I had to check out the App to see how it works, which led me to some research on the Pomodoro technique (good old Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique). I am intrigued…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    I have just finished my first year of the FLIP classroom and I absolutely love it! I think your idea of flipping one unit and working with parents is an excellent one. It took my students quite a while to understand the importance of doing their homework and how this model allowed them to come to a more in-depth understanding of concepts in class.…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I can agree that teachers always want more tech in their classroom, I have 1:1 MacBook Pros & TI-Inspire Calculators, but I’d love more tools! I was wondering if you could clarify and give me some idea of how you teach the tech skills needed along with the content, I am still looking for a way to effectively teach those students who need it how to…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    What a great tool! My students have 1:1 Macbook Pros and I have to admit I envy the ease that you can take pictures with an iPad, when they try to take pictures in class it usually involves a lot of fussing around. Something you may want to try that is surprisingly simple is using Photobooth for student oral reports. I work in an EAL school &…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    I love your infographic! I think I will be using Piktochart to make one of these for myself for the next recruiting season. Thanks!

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 7 months ago

    I appreciate your honesty, I had the opposite problem, being more of a story teller than a movie maker. I chose to make a digital story for my Course 3 final project specifically so that I could try it out before I ask my students to do it later this year. I bet if you look for the development of a specific skill or interest you will find a story…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 7 months ago

    That sounds like a really cool idea, it’s good to make sure that you are using technology in a purposeful way, not just to stick it in and check off the “technology” box. If you were looking to work on presentation skills I feel like it would be really easy to turn these hand drawn infographics into a digital story. If you scan the infographics…[Read more]

    • Thanks Carly.
      Great idea. I found it interesting that it was difficult to find pencil drawn images to use for my blog post. I guess the majority of people doing these hand drawn images keep their work “old school.” Either that, or they don’t want them shared via CC Search. 🙂
      Maybe I can share some of the images drawn by my kids, so their will…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    Those two digital stories are very cool, I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between the two different examples. Here is a visual essay on climate change that I really like:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8nHfthVjrE

    I wonder how these kinds of digital stories could be easily improved to be made even more effective with the use of some…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    It seems like we all had the same original blog format…which for me, just like you seemed fine until this course. I like the balance of text and images on your page and the colours are easy to examine, but the green gives it some interest. Very nice. I just noticed and thought about your title for the first time today and I really like that…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    I thought the blog theme looked familiar, I used to have the same one myself…and finding an appropriate image for the background is not easy. I definitely think the new header image is an improvement, the colours are brighter and makes everything feel better.

    I feel like you have a lot of text that hasn’t been broken down very much…this is…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    I really love this idea…letting them go…but like so many people I am uncertain and anxious that if I let my students go they will not learn what they need to or accomplish what they need to. I found this really great article about a teacher who shadowed two students around for the day and what she learned.…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    The first part of your blog post really resonated with me. I am teaching in a new school, we are only 3 years old and are therefore building our technology program and RUA as we go. I agree with your points that 1) skills taught out of context are rarely truly learned and are able to be applied in context later & 2) a guided curriculum would…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    This is a wonderful idea, but one that, at least for me, feels like it is an unattainable dream world…as a high school Biology teacher I rely on diagrams and images to help students understand biological processes, like transcription and translation. I have begun (since starting the COETAIL program) to place the link to the image below it in my…[Read more]

    • Hi Carly,

      Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right! it is hard to create images for everything and you sometimes you need to rely on available material. I did face a similar issue (of course to a much smaller scale) when we were doing a unit with year 4 students during their moving and growing unit. So we found a simulation website…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    I also teach at a school in China, NCPA, near Guangzhou. I am guilty of purchasing those 10 RMB DVDs, despite having moved to China without having ever downloaded something from Torrent or any other site of that nature (I held out for over a year, but after 3 years I now have quite a collection). We have had quite the struggle with our students…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    As I read your post I found myself nodding along with many of your points, having come to the same or very similar conclusions myself. Specifically, this made me think back to Course 1 and all the readings we did about teens and children’s online presence, how it’s so much a part of their lives. I was reading an article on CNN “Teen “like” and…[Read more]

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    Hey Tom, I am wondering if you found a partner for this course’s final project yet? I am interested in working with other high school teachers on a project. Let me know!

  • Carly Thomas posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    Hey Thomas, I am wondering if you found a partner for this course’s final project yet? I am interested in working with other high school science teachers on a project. Let me know!

  • Carly Thomas commented on the post, COETAILcast Episode #18, on the site 5 years ago

    This is really cool, I am also a high school science teacher so I can appreciate your linear thinking. I did find that pale font a bit challenging to read, especially on the lighter green part of the infographic. […]

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