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Laura Kaufman

  • “Hey, you got your digital storytelling in my Humanities!”

    “Hey, you got your Humanities in my digital storytelling!”

    And a star was born. Honestly, is any subject MORE suited to digital storytelling […]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Valerie,

    I really enjoyed reading your post, both the content and how appealing it is to look at. I also learned more math than I have in years! Your description of all the different elements in the presentation really helped me to understand them better and how they should be used.

  • I enjoy bad presentations. Not the “so bad it’s good” kind of presentations (though that is my preferred type of movie – no judging, please), and not because I love sitting through boring or sleep-inducing […]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Megan,

    This sounds like a fantastic project that is going to really create understanding and engagement with your students. I also love the ideas of how you used the images to replace the field trip and help your students gain a better understanding. In addition to the photo museum, maybe you could have students and families take pictures of…[Read more]

    • Hi Laura,
      Thanks for your suggestions. We actually did our trash sort before I wrote this post for the reason you mentioned, they need the hands-on experience! You must be a mind reader because our next steps include them looking at home. My class this year needs a significant amount of modeling and guided practice before I can release things to…[Read more]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years ago

    Hi Kim,

    This is very inspiring to see the work that you did and how you are applying the CARP principles to your existing website. I hope to be able to incorporate them into my own as well. I am sure the students will have some great ideas and be able to take these concepts and run farther than we could imagine. I was going to get student…[Read more]

  • Since my class is getting ready to begin our unit on the European Age of Exploration, I went hunting for images related to that on Creative Commons, using the Google image search. A big part of the discussions we […]

    • Nice strategy. Love how it allows for a lot of inquiry and provocation and begs the question ‘whats beyond the image’ and also allows for a zooming in to see detail. Id imagine the meaning students create would change as more of the image is revealed?

    • Hi Laura,
      I really enjoyed your post and your approach to visual literacy. It is very smart to crop the picture as you did. It reminds me a Project Zero thinking routine called “Zoom in”. It is quite a powerful way to have students think critically about the audience, the author, the context and the purpose. Although it is a simple thinking routine, the “See, Think, Wonder” one could be nice to use here too. Students could write their thoughts on a post-it note or on padlet. For the last part of the cropped picture (the last one with the priest), students could perhaps say:
      1. I see an old man wearing a loose clothing who is holding a cross in front of three naked people kneilt in the bush…
      2. I think that it is a European priest and that the three naked people are natives who meet Europeans for the first time, etc.
      3. I wonder why the priest is by himself in a rainforest. I wonder where he is and why he is raising his hands, I wonder why the three natives kneel down, I wonder if they are scared or if they show respect to him, I wonder if they know what a priest is, I wonder if it is the first time they see a European, I wonder if the priest feels superior…

      I am sure that the discussions were very deep and interesting, reflecting different perspectives and that this activity deepened your students understanding of the European Age of Exploration.
      Stéphane

    • Hi Laura,
      Your “jigsaw” is a great way to see where your students are at in regards to visual literacy. To add on to what @jasongraham99 mentioned, you can allow for inquiry and in groups and do an I see/I think /I wonder activity. After working Gr6 to do a PSA and not scaffolding enough prior to the final assignment, I think I will also use the SOAPS analysis so the PSA really hits its mark.

      All great ideas for me to use in my classes!

      Cheers!
      Pim

  • Answer: a whole heck of a lot!

    I have never been entirely happy with the appearance of my blog for COETAIL. Fortunately, my friend Amber, the one who encouraged me to pursue COETAIL, had told me about this […]

  • Digital Archeaology is a thing now. I thought that was at least 5 years out, but obviously I was wrong. Along those line, last year my co-workers and I put together a video to show kids about being good digital […]

    • Laura

      Thanks for a great post – this project looks like a fantastic way to teach your students about digital citizenship. What a fun and memorable way to get your children to be actively thinking about what makes them responsible online users. It is a far stretch from the ‘scare ’em straight’ days and methods that I was subjected to in my youth. I have no doubt that your students won’t only have a blast when participating in the activity, but they will also gain valuable experiences that they won’t get from simply being told an enormous list of DON’TS!

      I am really interested in gamification and both you and Siwat have produced activities that will fully realise the student’s learning.
      Here is a link to a good blog post on learning through games:
      https://www.edutopia.org/blogs/beat/game-based-learning

      I hope that it is something we will explore further in Coetail.

      Well done on a fantastic final project!

      Dan

    • BreakoutEdu is so awesome. Weve used it for PD and are starting to use it with the kids. Love your ideas here.

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Ken,

    I echo Kim’s thanks for Sophos and Malwarebytes – very helpful! I am in the same position (I guess most of us are) about balancing the benefits of a digital presence with a need for privacy. I like the steps you lay out to do that because they are very clear and useful. I also got caught up on reading on this and found a, in my opinion,…[Read more]

    • Greetings Laura,

      Thanks for your reply. I feel like Cohort 7 is starting to come together more. It’s good to be connected. The app you shared is frightening. Perhaps as these types of apps become more commonplace, people and students will value their privacy more.

      Look forward to Course 3 together.

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Jennifer,

    This was fabulous – a great example of what I am aspiring for my blog posts to be like.

    I was literally thinking about the dangers inherent in T&C that none of us really consider. Even when I am thinking of it, I all to often click “agree” anyway because I feel I need the app or program.

    I found a list of some of the scary…[Read more]

  • I am not a fan social media (for personal life). I think I last updated Facebook 6 months ago, but I have been toying with the idea of posting that I just paid off my student loans (shameless brag). I didn’t have […]

    • Hi Laura,
      I’m looking for buddies to collaborate on the course 2 project. I’m very open to either topic 1, 2 or 3. Are you already part of a group?
      Stéphane

    • I do find it fascinating that you were relatively late the social media game and quite hesitant and yet jumped on Snapchat. I’m the other way around. I’ve been on Twitter since 2007, FB since around that time, Instagram, etc, but haven’t jumped on the Snapchat train.

    • Hi Laura,
      I was looking for some ideas to create some awareness with my Upper ES students and Elementary Students. I think your awareness week is a great idea for them to record and start noticing what is around them and think about how or what they would do differently. I think during my digital citizenship unit with my MS students, I might have them do a quick video about good online behaviour as well.

      Thanks.

    • Dear Laura,

      Such a great way to use Snapchat. I have struggled to figure it out and suffer groans from my daughter when I continually resnap a photo before sending it. This is one of those examples of the kids being so much better at tech than we are. Our job, then, is to help them figure out how to use it responsibly and you have done just that. I love it so much.

      Best,
      Valerie

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 3 months ago

    Thanks so much for the younger kid perspective, Dan!

    I agree that in the next 10 years it will be amazing to see what our kids are capable since they have been exposed to these ideas from such a young age, and I really look forward to it.

    Also, LOVE the Father Ted reference and a little upset that I didn’t think of it first myself!

    Thanks,
    Laura

  • I attended cotillion as a young teenager. Supposedly I was going to learn to dance, have proper table manners, and be a nice young lady. I only agreed to it because it was in the Natural History Museum and […]

  • I am a big fan of simulations in my own classroom, and my first thought on teaching copyright was how I could do a simulation that would be meaningful to grade 8 students? While I was ISTE this past summer, […]

    • Thanks for a great post Kim.

      As a grade 3 teacher it is always interesting to read about the issues that we have been discussing on this course from the point of view of those working with older students.

      The issue of plagiarism and copyright is especially interesting, as I think that the students see it in different ways as they age. My seven year olds know that if they are in a maths lesson or a spelling test, that they must not copy each other’s work – however they are perfectly happy to write an ‘original’ story that is identical to Star Wars or Harry Potter.

      We encourage our students, even as young as seven, to use the net responsibly and they know that they must not just cut and paste from whatever site they are looking at. They aren’t quite able to correctly cite their sources, but at the very least they can tell it in their own words.

      I think that over the next ten years we will see this start to benefit our older students as they will have learned to use online research from an early age.

      I really liked the idea of having to pay for patents – what a great teaching tool that is. I also liked the idea of sharing famous examples of plagiarism – it is crazy to think that people think that no-one will notice!

      One of my own favourite ‘famous acts of plagiarism’ is from an Irish TV show from the 90’s. Two priests steal a tune from an obscure Norwegian B-side…

      Good luck with the rest of course 2.

      Dan

      • Thanks so much for the younger kid perspective, Dan!

        I agree that in the next 10 years it will be amazing to see what our kids are capable since they have been exposed to these ideas from such a young age, and I really look forward to it.

        Also, LOVE the Father Ted reference and a little upset that I didn’t think of it first myself!

        Thanks,
        Laura

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    I saw the SNL skit – poor guy!

    I like your idea of facilitating between ES and MS. And I totally agree that whatever we teach them now will be obsolete by the time they are adults – just look at what we learned in school! I still cringe when some of my 8th grade kids make certain comments – we’ve become quite skilled at deleting those and then…[Read more]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Dan,

    I love the Black Mirror references (as I am simultaneously terrified of the show and addicted to it). I really enjoyed the balance of caution and optimism you struck in your post as well – that’s what I’m working on myself. It seems like the old adage, “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.”

    I also have a pseudonym on…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the comments Laura.

      It’s funny with the pseudonym – how do people still find you..?! When starting Coetail I decided that I didn’t want to use my personal Twitter account, so I set up a ‘educational’ one. Within hours I had follow requests from people I knew. I hadn’t told anyone outside Coetail. I didn’t realise that as it is linked…[Read more]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Erin,

    I love finding someone else as enamoured of Black Mirror as I am! I also love how you introduced me to the phrase digital tattoo. It is much more accurate I believe, and definitely more emotive.

    My facebook page certainly had some shots of me enjoying as young college people do as well, and I had one administrator ask me to login…[Read more]

    • Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your comment! Black Mirror is a brilliant show and I told my husband who teaches high school students, that a Nosedive viewing should be mandatory.
      It’s so scary that administrators are looking at our social media presence to make decisions on potential employment. I need to review the privacy policy for my Facebook…[Read more]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Stephane,

    If Las Vegas is any indication, Elvis is alive and well and all you need is a wig and a sparkly suit to become the king yourself!

    Your statement that “Learning about their relationships, vacations, jobs, marriage, children, parties, disappointments, losses and passions in only a few click was a powerful and a bit disturbing…[Read more]

    • Hi Laura,
      How cool would it be to teach with an Elvis wig! Or maybe not… That’s true that Facebook is filling a gap when we live abroad that nothing else can really replace. It is great to get more news about friends, but at the same time I also feel that I am just “watching their lives” like I would follow a tv show. Your idea of a time capsule…[Read more]

  • Laura Kaufman posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Steve,

    I always love reading your posts. You also put my own digital footprint and thoughts about it into rather harsh perspective with the tracking google and online activity.

    I really appreciate the time and links and ideas you put into this post and how it challenged my own understanding.

    Thanks!

  • I think it is increasingly obvious that “online privacy” may be a bit of an oxymoron. While I embrace the possibilities of the internet and technology and a more networked and globalized world, there is always the […]

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