Category Archives: COETAIL @YIS

Things I know and things I don’t know: COETAIL edition

In less than a month, I’ll be presenting my final COETAIL project. Eventually I’ll have something in the mail from SUNY Buffalo saying I have earned a Certificate of Educational Technology and Informational Literacy. So as this is my penultimate … Continue reading

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Textbooks and the 21st Century Student

Over the last 20 to 30 years, textbook publishers have become averse to bold historical narratives for fear of being labeled as too liberal, too conservative, too patriotic, or too sexist….Instead they have become encyclopedias of historical names, places, and … Continue reading

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What are we afraid of?

I was privileged to be a leader at Learning2.0 this October in Beijing. I still need to write a post about the experience, because “amazing” might be an understatement. But one thing that I will always remember is the fear and energy … Continue reading

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Putting money where my mouth is: Theory of Knowledge Edition

I have been a high school teacher for most of my teaching career. And I have taught DP History and DP Theory of Knowledge* for over 8 years. I have been that teacher who is worried about external exams and … Continue reading

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End-of-year Review

At the start of the school year, I wrote a post with New (School) Year’s resolutions. They promise me that the school year is ending this week, so it seemed like a good time to reflect on my year. Keep … Continue reading

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Learning how to be citizens in a digital world.

I live my life very aware I’m an American living in a foreign culture. I have spent much of my life living in countries different than my own and trying to figure out how they work. Some aspects of living in Japan … Continue reading

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Then and Now: Project Based Learning

Part two of a three part series (Click here for Part I):  How I implemented Project-Based Learning in my first year of teaching with minimal tech and how I do it now in a 1:1 environment. This small little series … Continue reading

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Then and now: Global Collaboration

Part one of a three part series:  How I implemented Global Collaboration in my first year of teaching with minimal tech and how I do it now in a 1:1 environment.  Setting the scene: Teaching was supposed to be a … Continue reading

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A simple step #beyondlaptops

One the reasons being a teacher suits my personality is that every day I have to put aside theory/debate/abstract thought and just teach. There is no more procrastinating when the bell rings and there are dire consequences* if I am … Continue reading

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You can’t stop the beat

There has been so much going on at YIS that I haven’t had a clue where to start blogging. Beyond Laptops conference? Digital Citizenship Week? Moving into the instructor role of COETAIL? * There have been so many sincere, intense … Continue reading

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