I have hesitated a bit in writing my first post-COETAIL post, partly because of the sense of unbridled freedom that I now have in controlling the direction of where I want to take this blog, and what I want to write about. Having total creative freedom is sometimes a bit intimidating. Starting a blog, … Continue reading The First Post-COETAIL Post: An organization of ideas.
Author: Brian Weisenstein
Elements of Change – My COETAIL Final Project
Earlier in the semester, as I was brainstorming ideas of what my COETAIL final project would look like, I put myself in my students’ shoes, and thought about what changes I could make to the course to help make understanding of chemistry easier for my students. IB Chemistry is a challenging course for students, and … Continue reading Elements of Change – My COETAIL Final Project
Community Engagement, Globally and Locally.
One of the reasons that I joined the COETAIL program was that I knew it would push me to develop my network by using digital tools to connect with other educators globally. Prior to joining COETAIL, I had a limited online presence in a professional sense, which is a very large oversight for anyone looking … Continue reading Community Engagement, Globally and Locally.
An 18 Month Transition from Twitter Skeptic to Advocate.
I will be honest from the outset: my attitude toward Twitter in the past could have been described as ambivalent - at best. And that would be somewhat charitable. I think the reason for my initial impression about Twitter is because I had understood Twitter to be an almost exclusively social phenomenon, where people go … Continue reading An 18 Month Transition from Twitter Skeptic to Advocate.
Building a Course Website, and Using Student Feedback to Improve it.
It was my goal at the start of the year to more robustly and regularly utilize some of the many digital resources available to really integrate them into the fabric of the courses I teach at my school. I have generally focused on tools and apps available from Google, however, I have also been exploring … Continue reading Building a Course Website, and Using Student Feedback to Improve it.
A much belated hello, update, and discussion of my COETAIL final project.
Hello fellow COETAIL Cohort 9 members, and anyone else who may be reading! It has been a long time since I have posted here, but that is certainly not for a lack of things to write about. I’ve been quite busy with my teaching this semester, having grade 11 and 12 IB Chemistry classes, an … Continue reading A much belated hello, update, and discussion of my COETAIL final project.
Course 4 Final Project – Looking Ahead to Course 5
Brainstorming ideas for my potential COETAIL final project was certainly more challenging that I had at first anticipated. Finding a project that is manageable, realistic, and at the same time challenging enough to provide a real opportunity for professional growth was quite a challenge! Generating the Idea In planning for the COETAIL final project, I … Continue reading Course 4 Final Project – Looking Ahead to Course 5
Digital Distractions – the Myth of Multitasking.
It seems like hardly a month goes by without at least one of my students asking if they can listen to music while they are working on a task in class. My answer is always the same: “No”. And then invariably come the protests (mostly mild, thankfully). The protests are almost always the same: Don’t … Continue reading Digital Distractions – the Myth of Multitasking.
A Vision for the Role of AI and VR in the Classroom of Tomorrow.
As I stated in the beginning of my previous post, there is no doubt in my mind that our current model for schools, classrooms, and education is well past its prime. It is increasingly at odds with the goal of producing students who are well equipped to thrive in a modern society that demands creative, … Continue reading A Vision for the Role of AI and VR in the Classroom of Tomorrow.
Flipped Instruction – All or Nothing?
The longer I spend in the classroom, the more convinced I am that what has been termed the “Industrial Revolution Model” (or, alternatively, the “Factory Model”) of education is woefully inadequate, if our goal as a society is to produce students who exemplify 21st century skills. In the past 5-6 years, I have been reading … Continue reading Flipped Instruction – All or Nothing?