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Lindsay Lyon

  • I did it!!!  I can finally know what is involved in a documentary project assignment when I assign it to my students!  This is huge. 🙂  Here is my final project:

    The Basics of the Project
    The idea was […]

  • My Grade 9 English team had the pleasure of teaching Gareth Hind’s beautiful graphic novel The Odyssey last quarter, which was super fun.

    In reading the text, we introduced the students to graphic novel […]

    • Screencastify is fast becoming a fav “go-to” tool for me – it’s especially good for schools with chromebooks AND it can videos directly to Google Drive. This makes it super easy to share with people (aka your teacher) which makes it even more perfect for quick video reflections!

      Thanks for sharing how you use it and reiterating how easy it is to use!

  • Sharing, it turns out, isn’t just a buzzword: it’s an evolutionary trait.”

    The Power of Sharing from Joshua Harvey on Vimeo.
    I’ve been a master of taking for a good while now–the Less is More […]

  • At the end of the last course, I wavered between two options for the final projects, and based on my gut and reader feedback, settled on designing a unit for Persepolis with my colleague, friend, and fellow C […]

    • I am really looking forward to learning more about your final project in your video Lindsay especially how it all goes with Google Sites – I’ve always felt that the power of google sites as a classroom tool has been a little under-rated so I’m really hoping that your final project inspires others to give it a go! All the best!

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    Wow, Pam. If I took out all the science stuff and added all the English/TOK stuff plus a unit plan, this could be me and my concerns! I also am planning on including PBL in my Course 5 project, and also worry about how-much-tech-is-enough-but-not-too-much. Have you considered doing something cross-curricular with STEM? Might be interesting.…[Read more]

  • Option 1: Intro to TOK–Who are We? Global Citizenship as Shared Knowledge
    Our school is currently in the process of getting the “International Certification” through CIS. As part of this process, we have been […]

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    So many great resources, and thank you for the shout out!

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    I love how you capitalize BALANCE. My key value, and so relevant to this discussion. The polarization of tech in classes must be a reflection of the polarization of other issues in the greater world–you think? In any case, it’s a great reminder that there is no real reason to demonize either side–the pen or the pad! Here are some good, simple…[Read more]

    • You’re right Lindsay…I do believe that polarization within schools certainly mimic the polarization so often modeled in society! I too am guilty of polarization…just check out my rant on curriculum in The Learning Rich Classroom. It’s so easy to demonize and criticize…rather than incorporating, synthesizing and creating a balance. I like the…[Read more]

  • Our high school is 1-to-1, as mentioned in previous blogs. Using laptops and technology–for the most part–is second-nature.
    This was not always the case
    In October 2012 I wrote about the process of going […]

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    I am truly fascinated by this “best version” of their self idea. Is this why Davy is constantly telling us about Raz Kids “I’m so GOOD at this!” Hmmm…this could definitely be a good thing when it comes to using tech in the classroom and has made me open my mind a bit. Besides Kahoot (which my students certainly love:, do…[Read more]

    • Hi Lindsay,
      It really would be great if students could always feel like the best version of themselves when they are learning. I still have a long way to go in learning to use gaming effectively, but I think it’s definitely worth trying. I wish I had some good ideas to offer for your HS English/TOK classes, but I am pretty much stuck in the…[Read more]

  • In order to make my predictions about the future, I will consider my past.
    The Past
    I began my career as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer!). There was no technology involved. I taught […]

    • Hi Lindsay! I have very similar thoughts to your own. I remember when we had to “check out” a projector and students used mostly textbooks and workbooks 🙂 A lot has changed, and it has changed fast – faster than maybe most of us have anticipated. Sometimes, it can be exhausting, but it can be fun and interesting too! My main focus this year has been on building relationships with my students and really getting to know them, and I think it has made such a difference. If they feel more connected to their teacher, they feel comfortable learning from them. This is a great TED Talk about just that ( You may have seen it before 😉 I think Rita Pierson was right when she said, “every kid needs a champion.”

    • Hi Lindsay! I enjoyed reading your post about the future you. I can really relate to the change you have seen since you began in education. It’s amazing how quickly technology has evolved in 10 short years. I agree with you on the fact that the students need to still have access to texts, pencils, and paper. I read an article on Huffington Post called, Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail, (I was unable to link it here) and the author spoke of the same ideas that you have. The author, Susan D. Blum said, “If our ultimate goal is to educate human beings, then we must focus not only on knowledge and information, discipline and surveillance as measured by tests, but also on non-academic pleasures, motivations, skills, and the full array of human engagement that sustains attention and meaning.” I thought you might agree with that sentiment as well.


    My son began kindergarten this year as a 4-year-old, because his birthday is September 17th, and the school cut off for entering KG-2 is October 1st. I believe in the importance of play, so was n […]

  • I am an Essential Question freak….I love them, plaster them on my walls, and refer to them constantly. See…

    Exhibit A


    Exhibit B


    Exhibit C

    I use questions at the core of my i […]

    • Lindsay –
      PBL (Project based Learning) and the Essential Question, Guiding Question, Learning Theme, whatever…YES, I am with you, sort of. Where you struggle with the project I struggle with the question. I really like how you have constant questions listed on all of your boards to promote thinking. I agree with you that developing inquiring minds should be the focus for students and their learning, and PBL covers that.
      The questions are a huge part of PBL that I struggle with the most. (Okay, maybe the relinquishing control part too). I worry to much about the question covering all the standards that need to be focused on for the project.
      Since your post got me thinking about questions I thought I would take student approach to my dilemma. I Googled ‘essential questions’, and its various forms, to assist me with coming up with some examples and guidelines. I must admit I’m still struggling with it but found some interesting Youtube videos. I will keep plugging away.
      Thank you for reminding me that we all have struggles.
      Hope to hear how your class did with the presidential debates.

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    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.

  • While I remembered vaguely the term SAMR from the first COETAIL courses, just looking at the acronyms at first made me think: something cooked up by a technology expert with no connection to the classroom. Then I […]

    • 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 refreshing to hear. I think that it is nice to hit the “sweet spot” every once in awhile but for me the TPAC model puts the teacher in control of when and how to integrate technology when it is appropriate to improve student learning. Technology integration is not a box that needs to be checked, it is a set of tools that can be implemented for very specific learning goals. Sometimes it makes more sense to modify than redefine. It is important to find a good balance of techniques and best teaching practices.


      • 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.

  • It’s a good thing Mavis told me about this project at the beginning of the course, because I got into it early, and actually worked on it a little at a time. It’s also timely and relevant, because, as noted […]

    • Great visual representation of yourself! I loved the map right away- I’d cut out that whole section on your teaching experience and focus on your skills, your beliefs, and the testimonials. Maybe you could add a brief timeline to show where you’ve worked. Great job!

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    You are going to be amazing! Wish I could be there physically to support you. I love the Presentation Zen approach, and how you will weave the student survey data info into your “story.” You didn’t mention your use of fonts, which I think is deliberate and fantastic. Speaking of your love of fonts, you may find this interesting:…[Read more]

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Ummm…I am so happy I decided to read your post, because it is super timely as we are working out the Summer Reading program for high school, and will be introducing it soon. The focus has always been on just getting students to read something for pleasure, and I will definitely be able to use one of these infographics to help “sell” the idea.…[Read more]

    • Hi Lindsey,
      I’m so glad that my infographic post was helpful to you! I am really getting addicted to looking for infographics, as I’m finding them to be a very helpful means of illustrating points and starting discussions with my elementary students. I think your high school students will respond well to them, and I love your idea of using them…[Read more]

  • Lindsay Lyon posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

    Thanks, Tara. I shall use your link to help students learn about infographics. 🙂

  • This is my 12th year teaching high school English, and therefore my 12th year introducing poetry. The rap introduction is normally a pretty good selling point, but this year I’m stepping up to the 21st […]

    • Hi Lindsay,
      What a great unit for your students! It perfectly marries poetic literacy, tech and design. I bet students will really enjoy it and the results will likely service a greater population, so wins all around!
      I found a blog post that might be relevant to your students as they study infographic design. Hope it is useful and I look forward to seeing their products!

    • Thanks, Tara. I shall use your link to help students learn about infographics. 🙂

    • Hi Lindsay,

      I think that it is funny that your students moan about poetry because Grade 5 students want to do. Even though we do not teach a poetry unit, they always ask “When are we going to read and write poetry?” I have to break their little hearts and tell them that we will not. So sad…

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