Digital Citizenship – Going Beyond Lessons into Action

The question of whose job it is to teach digital citizenship skills becomes more and more poignant with each passing day, as our lives become increasingly entwined with the internet.  Our reputations, both personal and professional, are shaped by our online presence and behavior, and being aware of how to act, treat others, and stay … Continue reading Digital Citizenship – Going Beyond Lessons into Action

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Minding your Digital Footprint (Because You Never Get a 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression)

  The 2nd part of the title to this post is attributed to Will Rogers, though many of us will be old enough to remember the Head and Shoulders Shampoo commercial slogan. Our digital footprints are a permanent record of our digital lives, and it is of paramount importance to recognize the power that they … Continue reading Minding your Digital Footprint (Because You Never Get a 2nd Chance to Make a 1st Impression)

Educating Students About their Digital Exhaust.

I think that it is very likely that historians looking back at the early 21st century will come to regard the emergence of the internet and its associated digital tools as being equally transformative to global societies as the industrial revolution.  Every sector of our society is feeling the effect of billions of people being … Continue reading Educating Students About their Digital Exhaust.

Remixing, Star Wars, and Science.

This week’s COETAIL recommended readings/viewings covered many topics related to copyright, but I particularly found those about the “remix culture” to be the most interesting.  “Remixing” has always seemed to me to be a natural form of creativity, practiced by creatives since the days when humans expressed themselves on walls of caves.  However, this remixing … Continue reading Remixing, Star Wars, and Science.

Heating up the learning process in Grade 8 Science with passive house design.

In 2 weeks my grade 8 science teaching team and I will be starting our unit on heat.  Over the past week in the (fleeting!) moments when we are all in the same room for more than 5 minutes, we’ve been discussing the unit, planning ahead, and talking about the main concepts and big ideas … Continue reading Heating up the learning process in Grade 8 Science with passive house design.

Reflections on a Globally Connected Classroom

The final round of readings for course 1 focused on a topic that I have been keenly interested in for the past few years:  the impact that globally collaborative projects can have on learning.  Digital communications technologies are now allowing educators and students to form connections that span the globe, allowing a level of collaboration … Continue reading Reflections on a Globally Connected Classroom

Stepping Away From the Controls: Reflections on Allowing Space for Unstructured Exploration.

I experienced a wonderfully illustrative example recently that reminded me of the importance of shifting our mindsets as educators to better meet the needs of our digitally native students.  This story touches on ideas raised in two different articles that I have read this week, and provided me with an opportunity to reflect on my … Continue reading Stepping Away From the Controls: Reflections on Allowing Space for Unstructured Exploration.

What Qualities does an Effective Digital Trainer Have? To Name a Few…..

I recently had an very rewarding and thought-provoking conversation with one of my colleagues who is our Digital Education Coach for the secondary school where I am currently working.  She and I meet periodically to discuss topics related to the intersection of digital technology and pedagogy.  As I strive to increase both the use and … Continue reading What Qualities does an Effective Digital Trainer Have? To Name a Few…..

Creating – Thoughts on Revisiting Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

The readings from my COETAIL course this week were quite powerful in their articulation of many of the trends that I have been witnessing in the classroom over the past few years.  I did find Mimi Ito’s article “Learning that Connects”, to be very powerful, and this article strongly resonated with me.  However, after writing … Continue reading Creating – Thoughts on Revisiting Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

The Potential of Networks – Only Fully Realized When Active.

I found the first two chapters of Reach by Jeff Utecht to confirm and reinforce what I have (unfortunately somewhat slowly) come to understand recently in my professional life - that using social networking platforms to grow your PLN will positively enhance your own professional learning and growth.   For many years I never paid … Continue reading The Potential of Networks – Only Fully Realized When Active.