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Dan Berry

  • Throughout the Coetail course we have not only talked about technology, but also pedagogy. We have shared ideas and resources, discussed our hopes for change and complained about our frustrations that the changes […]

  • Dan Berry commented on the post, Exchanging Ideas, on the site Back to School 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comments Sarah. I love Twitter and use it personally and for my class, it just hasn’t really added to my Coetail world. I agree that finding what works for you is the most important thing – the […]

  • Thanks for your comment Kim. I was really happy with how the unit panned out. The children loved it – especially the green screening. The National Geographic 360 videos sound really interesting – I will definitely […]

  • Dan Berry commented on the post, Exchanging Ideas, on the site Back to School 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Valerie

    Thanks for that! It makes me feel a whole lot better to know that your share my pain! I was ashamed of that post – ha ha!

    Go for it!

    Dan

  • It’s been around a year and a half since I started the Coetail course. It felt like I had forever to think about by final project. Man alive – it has come around fast!

    I don’t think that it is necessary to go […]

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    Community Engagement

    I have gained so much from the last year or so and being a part of Coetail has been a very valuable experience. Every course has offered me not only valuable insight into my own […]

  • I’m not quite ready to hit the panic button yet. My finger is hovering though…

    I have been thinking about my final Course 5 project since the very beginning of the Coetail course. A full year. A year! So […]

  • I have known about the Course 5 project since the beginning of my Coetail experience – due to the number of colleagues that I work with who have already completed the course. So, from the very beginning of Course […]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Thanks for a really great post Shannon. I live in Japan, so it hooked me straight away!

    I am impressed with how well you articulate your point – so much more elegantly than my own rambling and often incoherent efforts!!

    I agree with everything that you say, particularly the fact that educators must not bury their heads in the sand and hope…[Read more]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Erin – I couldn’t agree more!

    My own school is currently in talks about building an entirely new campus for primary. It is a few years away, but I love the idea of having a new, modern year group area in which we can let the children have access to numerous different approaches to learning. One in which they choose how…[Read more]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Jen – I was happy with my misinterpretation of the flipped classroom as it did actually led to some great lessons that the children planned and delivered themselves. It is something that I have carried on and still include (whenever a very busy curriculum will allow me…)

    I think that in the next school year, I will…[Read more]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Cary.

    I agree with you about how it can be tweaked for improvement with the history. Instead of the children taking their own photo and commenting on one artefact, I am going to have lots of artefacts out with the iPads open next to them on Explain Everything – the children can then move around the classroom and comment…[Read more]

  • When I was in primary school, here are the only devices the were available to the teacher and students:

    One BBC Micro – for the whole school. (And thinking about it now, this was in secondary school. […]

    • Dan these are great samples of how depending on the piece of tech and the app that is being used might appear in different places on a SAMR model for a teacher. You yourself say that your history example wouldn’t fare well on a SAMR model, but with a small tweak you could move that easily further along.

      Simply by having them do what they do with their art pieces could move the history example along. This can create the beginnings of a great discussion/debate where two students with very different views could discuss an artifact and see if they can come to a common agreement for what it is and how it might be used.

      Great detailed examples by the way!

      • Thanks for your comments Cary.

        I agree with you about how it can be tweaked for improvement with the history. Instead of the children taking their own photo and commenting on one artefact, I am going to have lots of artefacts out with the iPads open next to them on Explain Everything – the children can then move around the classroom and comment on each artefact but also on each others comments. Should hopefully improve it.

        Dan

    • That sounds like a great idea! Do you use Seesaw? It has an EE like feature in it as well.

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks for your comments Stephane.

    I completely agree with everything you say – there are so many factors that we need to take into account when changing our classroom approaches in any way. Some easier to overcome than others…

    Thanks so much for the link to your colleague – that is going to be incredibly useful!

    Enjoy the rest of…[Read more]

  • There’s no way that I can start a blog about how classrooms will change over next decade or so without this clip…

    In talking about how I hope teaching and classrooms will evolve in the near future, I am […]

    • Hi Dan,
      I totally agree with a more balanced approach to the classroom environment. I believe all current approaches can be integrated and not one approach should dominate. I would love to teach in a classroom that allows that and our roles are more of a “facilitator” or a “lead learner”.
      I hope we can eventually move away from the rote learning and feeding facts approach. Students have all the information they could ever need/want within their devices. We just have to teach them how to analyze and use that information in purposeful ways-I think that can overwhelm many teachers!
      Thanks for sharing the 14 Most Innovative Schools- very interesting!

    • Thanks for your comments Erin – I couldn’t agree more!

      My own school is currently in talks about building an entirely new campus for primary. It is a few years away, but I love the idea of having a new, modern year group area in which we can let the children have access to numerous different approaches to learning. One in which they choose how they want to find things out.

      Interesting times ahead…

      Good luck with the rest of Course 4.

      Dan

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for a great post Steve.

    I couldn’t agree more with everything that you say. I have been teaching for nearly twenty years and for much of that time it has been me teaching and the students listening.

    There are lots of educators who are trying to change the traditional model and in many ways, technology has been the tipping point for…[Read more]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hey Erin

    Thanks for a great post.

    Straight off the bat – I completely agree with your opening sentence. I think that the SAMR model is a brilliant tool for any educators who are beginning to increase their tech usage. It’s also a really useful tool for anyone who wants a way to evaluate how effectively they are using IT in their schools -…[Read more]

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    For non-Brits amongst the readership ‘flipping’ is a slang/polite/kid friendly version of f@#k. I guess that the sign of a bad pun in my title is the need to explain it…

    Kicking off […]

    • Thanks for this post and for sharing your experience of the flipped and gamified classroom. The infographic you use at the beginning of the post is very informative and comprehensive. I meet you when you say that the model should be adapted. It is true for the flipped classroom like it is for any other model. Each one of us must adapt it to our school context. For instance, some schools are located in disadvanted areas where households have a limited access to technology which can be a real challenge. Sometimes, your leadership team may not be supportive and you have to be smart about your next move. It could also be that your students’ needs require a variety of learning media (podcasts, videos, games, infographics, prezis..). As you say at the end, finding the way that is the most effective is probably the way to go. I have also noticed that your goal is to try to integrate Minecraft in your teaching. In a previous post, I talked about my colleague Suzy Ramsden and I really recommend that you contact her as she is an amazing educator who has run a brillant unit with Minecraft this year. Have a look at her Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ramsdensuzy
      All the best with your projects!
      Stéphane

      • Thanks for your comments Stephane.

        I completely agree with everything you say – there are so many factors that we need to take into account when changing our classroom approaches in any way. Some easier to overcome than others…

        Thanks so much for the link to your colleague – that is going to be incredibly useful!

        Enjoy the rest of Course 4.

        Dan

    • Hi Dan,
      I really enjoyed reading your post. I like how you first interpreted the flipped classroom, students can learn so much from each other and providing them the time to share their learning with each other and take on the role of the teacher can lead to amazing things! I wonder if this is something you can combine with the flipped classroom and/or genius hour. The infographic you shared is a great visual explain the evolution of the flipped classroom. I agree with Stephane, that you have to adapt the flipped classroom to your school’s context. Sometimes, it is just changing the mindset of parents to highlight all of the great learning that can happen when students access technology at home. It is also a great way of getting parents involved and aware of the strategies their child is learning at school. Introducing the concept of the flipped classroom to parents early on in the year, perhaps in a parent workshop, might be a helpful way of getting parents on board with their child using a device for home learning.
      Good luck with the rest of course 4!
      Jen

    • Thanks for your comments Jen – I was happy with my misinterpretation of the flipped classroom as it did actually led to some great lessons that the children planned and delivered themselves. It is something that I have carried on and still include (whenever a very busy curriculum will allow me…)

      I think that in the next school year, I will definitely be speaking to parents more explicitly about how they can use technology at home to access their child’s learning to a greater degree.

      Thanks again.

      Dan

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Nice to ‘meet’ you too!

    At the start of the year I introduced the idea of genius hour to my class (age 7 and 8) and we decided that we would do three projects – one each term.

    In term one they could do whatever they liked – as long as I approved their proposal. Some worked alone and some in pairs. Their projects ranged from a huge model viking…[Read more]

  • Dan Berry posted a new activity comment 10 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Lindsey.

    One of the common themes that I have noticed throughout this course is the number of people who face reluctance from colleagues and admin with trying different approaches in their teaching.

    I am lucky that I work with a team who are all willing to try new approaches. As a year group we regularly sit down and…[Read more]

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