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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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Going Old School: Syria and Current Events in MYP Humanities

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by ndbekah I started my grade 10 MYP Humanities class with one of the most “old school” assessments in a long time. It required glue and notebooks and newspapers that … 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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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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Telling Stories

There are people a lot smarter than me talking about digital storytelling. There are people doing crazy, imaginative things using hundreds of different tools. There are also people more passionate than I am about digital storytelling.  I could tell you about … Continue reading

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Teaching Visually: Propaganda, Population Pyramids, and Infographics

In a grade 12 DP history class, a student might see the following images and have to answer the question: “Using the sources and your own knowledge, explain the role of Chinese youth in the time period between 1954-1975.” In … Continue reading

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Presentation Zen in Middle School

While I was away, a lot of the things I usually worry about were no longer under my control. I had to pass off responsibilities and trust that everything would be okay*. One of these things was a middle school … Continue reading

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Two Ways to Connect: Cambodia and Flat Classroom

In the month of February, I have traveled 27,324 kilometers with students. I have spent 16 days with students in places far from my classrooms on two separate trips*. I have eaten every meal, survived lay-overs, and joked around with … Continue reading

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21st Century Technology and Student Behavior: Same Same But Different

Believe it or not, my students are not always on task 100% of the time. And believe it or not, my students sometimes don’t turn in their homework on time. And I have to admit, I’ve caught my students passing … Continue reading

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