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STEPHANE VERMEULIN

  • Hi Steve,
    Your project shows that the use of social media in schools needs to be well and collectively defined. Since almost everyone uses social media privately, they tend to believe that they have some […]

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    Dear PLN, I must confess…
    I have to be honest, my community engagement has been lower than I expected for the past three months. Building, developing, and maintaining a PLN takes time and perseverance […]

  • NOTE: My first project video prototype was 18 minutes long. I had to cut and trim many parts of my reflection that you will therefore find in this post instead!

     In September, when attending Will Ri […]

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    Since I joined COETAIL in June 2016, I have had so many amazing opportunities to learn from and with others. The way COETAIL is structured makes it easy and safe […]

  • Sometimes you receive a notification saying that someone twitted after a while. Well, if we had Coetail notifications, you would have probably received one saying that I had “blogged after a while*. I am not […]

  • Dear “idm crack…”,
    I’m not too sure who left this comment as your username refers to a business page. Which Coetail cohort are you part of? I’d be very happy to discuss this topic more with you.
    Stéphane

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 8 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Brandon,
    I’m so glad that you find this project relevant, thank you so much for the feedback. We’ll see how it goes, but, for sure, I will document every step for Course 5. I’m really enjoying the Coetail journey as it has helped me to think and reflect more deeply about my own practices while learning from others”. If you plan one day to…[Read more]

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Debra,
    I found your blogpost very interesting and it does resonate with my own experience as I work at the elementary level too. You are absolutely right when you say that flipping the classroom cannot be done in the same way in Upper School and Lower School. I would add that it also differs a lot from Kindergarten to grade 5. It is not easy,…[Read more]

    • Thanks so much for the feedback and asking so many great questions. You made me realize there is a lot to work with. I love the Choose Your Own Adventure idea. I introduced Google Sites to the teachers for e-portfolios. We will see if it takes off…

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Brandon,
    What a wonderful comment! Thanks. I haven’t read the Silo Effect, but I will defenitely try to order it as it seems to explain quite a lot about how schools operate… I’m glad you had a aha moment, I had one myself when we did the task and it can also be really fun to apply the “What would W do with this idea” approach. The…[Read more]

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks Tanya and Ryan for your kind and supportive comments. As a former IB Diploma Geography teacher, Sustainable Development was always very high on my list of topics that students should be aware of. With my actual position of Educational Tech coach, I do not decide what the students will learn in their units so this could be a good way…[Read more]

  • To go back to the genesis of this project, we need first to have a look at our space and its purpose. Our office consists in two adjacent rooms, the first one has a couch, a radio station and a café table where my […]

    • What a great post, exciting project, and totally detailed planner. I am so inspired and enthusiastic about our lunchtime activities in the maker space next year Stéphane !
      Of all of the details you mentioned above,the thing that I am most looking forward to is the connection to the 17 UN goals. I think so many maker spaces out in the world, set up for exploration and exposure. I love it that we are aiming kids in the direction of making something to make the world a better place.

    • Stéphane I absolutely love this project idea. It sounds like your students have access to some amazing resources and your work here will amplify its usage. I’m so excited to see you including the Sustainable Development Goals as well. I have to echo what Tanya said above, its fantastic to see this space being used to not only foster creativity but encourage it in a way that students are working to make the world a better place! I can’t wait to see what comes out of your ETC next year!

    • Thanks Tanya and Ryan for your kind and supportive comments. As a former IB Diploma Geography teacher, Sustainable Development was always very high on my list of topics that students should be aware of. With my actual position of Educational Tech coach, I do not decide what the students will learn in their units so this could be a good way hopefully to give meaning to their creativity and their will to explore and use tech tools. We will see how it goes. Many thanks 🙂
      Tanya, I’m so grateful that you are with me on this raft!

    • Dear Stephane,

      Your detailed planning reflects a genuine passion for your work. You are giving the children exposure to choice in creating content. It will serve them well in the future. I can’t wait to see and hear about how it goes. Have a great summer and Godspeed!

    • Stephane, this is such a well-composed final project – I think I’ll have to share it! Your idea is solidified, ambitious and will result in a positive and wide-reaching impact on the community. The two paths students may take looks like it’s well thought out and will result in giving students choice and risk-taking opportunities. I agree that students will have the chance to fail, to re-design and to grow with this environment.

      It’s evident that the Coetail program has paid dividends in your work, and I look forward to seeing how this takes shape. Make sure to document your progress along the way with photos and videos. Great work!

    • Hi Brandon,
      I’m so glad that you find this project relevant, thank you so much for the feedback. We’ll see how it goes, but, for sure, I will document every step for Course 5. I’m really enjoying the Coetail journey as it has helped me to think and reflect more deeply about my own practices while learning from others”. If you plan one day to develop a French version of Coetail, I’d be happy to help 🙂

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 9 months, 1 week ago

    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…[Read more]

    • 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]

  • I remember the time when there were computer labs in schools. You had to book them in advance whenever you had planned an activity which needed some use of technology. One child in front of one computer if you […]

    • Ciao Stephane!

      It is so refreshing to hear someone say that a 1-1 ratio in the elementary school might not always be the best option. We focus so much on cooperation and collaborative problem solving, I think sometimes having a partnership or group work on one device helps to foster those skills!
      I love the idea of having a class google.com/photos account. It really allows for the kids to become historians of their own learning. I would be interested in hearing about the guidelines you created for students of when/what is a thing worthy of documentation. Everything? Does this feed into our “addition culture.”

      I so enjoy the organization of your blog. Nice use of tags and photos!
      Jackie

    • Dear Stephane
      We do have 1:1 chromebooks in Grades 3-5 and while it has it’s uses such as when they are working on individual pieces or for homework ( we allow the Grade 5’s to take the home for homework) I agree that it is not absolutely necessary. There are many times when I tell them to only use one computer as a group as I find if they all have their computers open while researching or recording they are not talking to one another and collaboration is less effective. Of course there are plenty of ways they can collaborate on a document and we often do that with Google docs etc but it is not always conducive to the best collaboration. But I think working together on a piece using one computer is often more effective as they are working together rather than working on different slides etc.
      As with anything it is a case of trying to find a good balance.
      Also encouraging students to sometimes do non-electronic presentations at times gives the chance to be creative in different ways and again finds balance.

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Sitwat,
    It is always a pleasure to read your blog. I totally agree with you that all educators should reflect and think about the questions you mention at the beginning of your article. Are we preparing students for 1990, 2000, 2017 or 2030? SAMR can help to measure where we are and it gives a structure which is really clear and helpful.…[Read more]

  • Kim’s step-by-step guide to global collaborations which aims at helping teachers collaborate on learning projects, not surprisingly shares many commonalities with Coetail. For instance, the need for a “ […]

    • Hello Stephane,

      I like how you have used the green bolded words to emphasis key points within your blogpost. How you have used visual cues to enhance the look of your post.

      I really enjoyed reading your post particularly three points.

      One: Silos. have you ever read the book the Silo Effect Silos are a huge factor in stopping us both changing and adapting. Finding ways to mix it up is a challenge for all schools and teachers. Coetail and it’s connectivism is a big step in the right direction.

      Two: “What would X do with this idea ?” Your task that Ewan McIntosh got you to do. It was a fantastic example of what you where saying in your blog and by giving this example it gave me an “aha” moment so thank you.

      Three: “The development of MOOCs, podcasts and many other initiatives to move the relation between the source of knowledge and the learner” This made me think of the human aspect “the person in the room” Last week I was in class with students asking them what they thought the ultimate PE program would be and from what they were saying it seemed that there was no need for me. When I raised this point with them I was struck by the genuine reply of them saying, no we need you along for the journey because you know us and you can adapt to us. I wonder with technological developments how this might be dealt with in the future.

      Thanks for your post!

      Brendon

    • Hi Brandon,
      What a wonderful comment! Thanks. I haven’t read the Silo Effect, but I will defenitely try to order it as it seems to explain quite a lot about how schools operate… I’m glad you had a aha moment, I had one myself when we did the task and it can also be really fun to apply the “What would W do with this idea” approach. The discussion you had with your students is very interesting as it reveals they have already assimilated that the role of the teacher has changed. Teachers are usually very anxious about this shift because they feel vulnerable, but our students aren’t because while most of them are asking for self-directed learning, they also acknowledge our role as facilitatiors, advisers and creators of learning opportunities. I notice also that they praise the relationship between you and them and the fact that you KNOW them. This is crucial. Teaching is, before anything else, a human relationship and this example tells a lot about how your students trust you. With or without Technology, they will always need educators with them “along the journey”, only the path, the map and the equipment may change though. Your comment is very inspiring, thank you for sharing this with me.

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  • It all starts with two simple ingredients: a natural flow of curiosity carried by a self-directed learning.

    During the Easter break, I was in Paris and I love walking without any goal in a district called […]

    • Hi Stephane,
      I found your post very informative. My head gets very sore trying to differentiate between the 3 innovative learning frameworks. You did a great job explaining the differences and adding your own PBL’s projects which is very helpful to see what the possibilities are from start to finish.
      I am interested in using project based learning for my game design unit for my Grade 2 students. Should be interesting…..
      Erin

    • Hi Stephane
      I agree with Erin you were able to clearly define the different frameworks.
      As a PYP teacher we do a lot of Project based learning and also some problem based but the real challenge is to try and shift into the Challenge based learning. Like you I think we may do it more than we realise but I think we need to be planning for it more carefully. Using Skype and Facetime are great ways for students to get out into the real world and to get the information they need. There are so many more opportunities for our students to take on CBL as the World is opening up with technologies. I also think that blogging allows the students to share their ideas and results with a much wider audience. We also need to allow students the opportunities to find their passions and to develop their talents and through CBL they will have more opportunities to do that.
      By the way I love the look of your blog.
      All the best
      Sarah

  • Integrating technology into the curriculum in a seamless, purposeful and meaningful way takes a mix of dispositions: curiosity, effort, growth mindset, patience and risk-taking, but also and perhaps mostly, a […]

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for your comment, it is much appreciated. I totally agree with you that over 5 minutes would probably be too long for a recruiter as they, sometimes only spend 30 seconds to look at a CV… I must say that I didn’t do it with this purpose in mind so that’s why my video is a bit long. Also, if I had to do it with this goal, I would…[Read more]

  • STEPHANE VERMEULIN posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Michelle and Merci beaucoup for your very kind feedback. I see that you plan to use Adobe Spark with your students and I am sure that your students will find it user-friendly and will be able to display their thinking in a very fun and creative way. Our colleague -an former coetailer- Joel bevans has been using it with his K2 class in a very…[Read more]

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