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Christy Martin

  • I can’t believe I am finished with all my COETAIL courses and my final project!  In some ways, it seems like yesterday that I started this journey, and in others, it seems like it was forever ago.  What I do k […]

    • Hi Christy, this is such a great project. It’s really interesting to see the students work and to look at the different ways they chose to present their learning. By sharing the student work it helps other students to see what is possible and to gain ideas.
      Thanks for sharing!

  • I knew what I wanted to do for my community involvement aspect of Course 5.  I had decided to link it to my final project because my project leant itself very well to global collaboration.  Therefore, I decided t […]

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Wendy,

    Yes! Do you have students interested in reading them?
    We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

    I would also love to have submissions from other kids to the folder, let me know if you are interested in that also!

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Tanya,

    We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. Would your class still be interested in reading and reviewing them? They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

  • I wrote a blog post called Is the Internet Dumbing Down Our Students? about a year ago now.  In it, I promised that I would be working on another post about the debate on continuing to teach cursive in schools: T […]

    • Handwriting…such an interesting topic. I teach 3rd grade, and started using our handwriting books at the start of the year and then stopped. I will still try to teach the kids how to write their names in cursive so they have a ‘signature’ of sorts. But other than that, there’s just so much else to do… As for the argument of not being able to read the historical documents – do we really not think the internet will have a typed version of those exact documents for us all to read?? Yes, I’m sure this exists. So, problem solved. I think cursive is great, but sort of agree it should be looked at as more of an art form of sorts. With everything being typed or texted anymore, it’s lost it’s purpose.

    • This post was enlightening. I’m a high school math teacher and I’m usually asked to help proctor the PSAT in the fall. For the PSAT the students are asked to copy a statement in cursive (a pledge of sorts) and to sign it. Every year my students look panicked and tell me they don’t know how to write in cursive. It’s interesting to see the arguments for dropping cursive from the curriculum.

  • In a previous post for COETAIL Course 4, I outlined two possible options for my final culminating COETAIL project.  The goal for this final project is to choose a unit to transform teaching and learning by r […]

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 10 months ago

    Can’t thank you enough for sharing this, Reid. I’m using it to teach a lesson to my class tomorrow (I had 5 huge posters printed up to hang around the room, come by to check your work out!) in preparation for e-books they are making for our Sharing the Planet unit. These e-books will form the foundation of my final COETAIL project too so…[Read more]

  • I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  I will never work at a school that doesn’t value the importance of technology in the classroom again.  Back when I worked in California, I was on the tech committee a […]

    • Hi Christy.
      I will never work at terrible environment of technology too!haha
      My privious school could not to connect wifi frequently and one time we could not connect it for whole week!
      I appriciate that I can use lots of technology and give students so many ways to learn practice one topic.
      I really enjoying reading your post because we were and are in similar situation.
      Shiori

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Tanya,
    Great idea and opportunity to add global collaboration into the project. I love it! Let’s keep in touch because my students will be writing/ making the books regardless. I’ll look into the possibility of sharing from within the app, but if I choose this project as my final project for COETAIL (which is looking very likely because of…[Read more]

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    You have two really good options, Tanya and it’s obvious you have thought through both carefully. I love your ASA option, but I just wonder if you will really have enough time with the kids in that setting to get all the documentation you would need to create your video and actual final project. Seems like you might, and if your ASA is a smaller…[Read more]

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    Lizzie, you have some great ideas that take into account the limitations of your role and being without your own classroom. I made a personal connection to your second choice because I had 2 high needs learning support kiddos last year who were able to use their iPads to show their learning in non-conventional ways. The use of the microphone,…[Read more]

    • Thanks Christy. That sort of input helps me in making a decision. As a teacher, you saw the benefit for the students and therefore it is transformative for them! Luckily that students teacher is my husband so I better not have any trouble with the collaboration aspect!!

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    Great post. I have been on both sides, in a classroom with shared iPads, and also in a 1:1 classroom. While the 1:1 certainly makes life easier for both the teacher and the students (much less to “manage”), you have some great ideas on making management easier. I especially liked #7–know thy apps. During my first year at my current school, I…[Read more]

  • Christy Martin posted a new activity comment 2 years, 12 months ago

    This looks like it will be an amazing unit, Angela. I would really like to do something similar for our Where We Are in Place and Time unit and have some great ideas to use Minecraft to really bring the central idea home for my students. However, I have some limitations, the biggest being it is planned as our last unit of the school year and I’m…[Read more]

  • As I look ahead to Course 5, I am scared, excited, and nervous about our final project.  There is so much that I’ve learned in my COETAIL journey, how can I possibly design a final project for use with my […]

    • HI Christy! I like both of your ideas and have been thinking of doing minecraft in my class for quite some time as well. It hasn’t been a possibility yet because my school hasn’t purchased it but I will continue to pursue it! I also like that you are thinking of creating books with Book Creator. I haven’t used that app yet but I am wondering if you are allowed to share your books with others around the world? I am doing a UOI on ecosystems (and the animals within them) in the next few months and we would love to read and review your books if you decide to do it!

      • Hi Tanya,
        Great idea and opportunity to add global collaboration into the project. I love it! Let’s keep in touch because my students will be writing/ making the books regardless. I’ll look into the possibility of sharing from within the app, but if I choose this project as my final project for COETAIL (which is looking very likely because of the time constraints with the Minecraft project), everything will be loaded into a Google Drive folder and I can share the link to that with you for your class. Where in the world are you and what grade do you teach? Thanks again for the fabulous idea!
        Christy

      • Hi Tanya,

        We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. Would your class still be interested in reading and reviewing them? They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

    • I love the idea of creating eBooks and sharing them with others! Would you be able to share them with students outside the school?

      • Hi Wendy,

        Yes! Do you have students interested in reading them?
        We have ALMOST finished writing and uploading all of our books and videos. They are all in Google Drive and I can share the link with you–let me know!

        I would also love to have submissions from other kids to the folder, let me know if you are interested in that also!

  • I wrote another blog post a few months back titled “What is the Future of the Classroom Teacher?”  I had read a few articles at the time that scared me enough to start to explore the subject.  There is no q […]

    • Hi Christy,

      I love the idea of MOOCs but I think they fill a very specific void and I don’t think they will ever replace schools or teachers. They’re great for people who can’t physically attend school for any reason (isolation, disease, finance, …) but even for those people it will require an above-average amount of self discipline on behalf of the student. It will work for some people but if you look at the drop-out rate for these MOOCs they are incredibly high. I really don’t think the model will ever translate to elementary unless it’s to support some sort of home schooling.
      The bottom line is that teachers are still one of the most important factors in determining student success and as soon as you take the teacher out of the equation you lose a lot of value, so let’s hope that never happens.
      As far as what elementary or any other education will look like in 10 or 15 years, I don’t think anyone knows but as long as we follow your lead and are willing to go along for the ride and adapt when we need to we should be in good shape.

  • Christy Martin wrote a new post, Gamification, on the site Lifelong Learning 3 years ago

    There’s been a lot of talk of gamification in recent years and there are many arguments made about why gaming helps kids learn.  One of the biggest arguments is that games can help struggling students.   I’ve s […]

  • I’ve written a couple times before about how I’ve found myself behind the times in regards to classroom technology use after my tenure at an International School that either did not believe in having technology in […]

  • One of my favorite quotes (When you know better, you do better) kept popping into my head as I read through the articles about integrating technology for my current COETAIL course this week.  At my previous post […]

  • As part of my final project for Course 3 of COETAIL, I decided to create my very own infographic resume.  I’m not planning on joining the recruitment process anytime soon, but it doesn’t hurt to be ready for when […]

  • As I learned all about infographics and their place in the classroom for my current COETAIL course, I became more and more excited about the possibilities.  There are almost endless possibilities to use […]

    • Christy,
      I know what you mean about the power of Inforgraphics. It’s so important to give students the choice on how they want to present their ideas and findings. As the tech integrator at my school, it also then becomes an issue of grading content vs grading the tool… does that make sense? They may make a fantastic infographic but does it say anything? As teachers, we do grade the mechanics of writing. Do we put the same emphasis on tech tools? And if so, are teachers modeling this as well? For me, the answer usually lies some place in the middle but sometimes, that balance is difficult to find or agree upon.

      Regarding your post on using an infographic as a resume tool, great idea! However, I too was concerned about the cost of using Piktochart.I really like the possibilities and like you said, it might be worth the cost. It’s funny because I just expect everything on the web to be free; but I guess that isn’t such a good money making model for companies. And I would rather pay some money than deal with advertisements.

      I enjoyed reading your posts and I am going to bring the idea of using Infographics for kids to my grade 6 team. Thank you yet again for your inspiration!
      Claire

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