It’s Not About The Game or Is It?

I teach Grade 3.  I have 21 students who clamber into my room and manage to end up on the carpet ready for our “morning messages” at 8:30 each day.  I give the kids an opportunity to speak about things going on in their life: what they were up to on the weekend, what is Read more about It’s Not About The Game or Is It?[…]

Past, Present, Future in My Classroom

I want to start this post by reflecting on Brandon Hoover’s post on the Coetail Online Site.  I recently had a conversation with our own IT specialist or whatever the term is called about her role and the current situation at the school.   I am new to my current school and have found the Read more about Past, Present, Future in My Classroom[…]

My Digital Story -Course 3 Final Project

I have made digital stories with my students several times and have asked them to generate a timeline of events, think about characters and design the story that they wanted to share.  I have used various web tools to do this and have found great success.  It wasn’t until I went through this course and Read more about My Digital Story -Course 3 Final Project[…]

My Zen Presentation

So as I begin this process of “zenning” the presentation I wanted to share my thoughts on the process and the product. Firstly, it took me a long time to think of images that fit what I was trying to say.  My old powerpoint or “death by power point” gets all my information across in Read more about My Zen Presentation[…]

Infographics vs Video

Our class is having Salva Dut of Water for Sudan come and give us an assembly this coming week.  Part of his visit will be individual visits to classrooms with him spending about 10 minutes in each room.  He will challenge the children at the end of his assembly with the question: “How can water Read more about Infographics vs Video[…]

Thoughts On Becoming Screen Literate

Many times we think of literacy as reading and writing.  However, we now know the importance of our children acquiring a new kind of literacy: Visual Literacy.  This is something that we must teach them and it is becoming ever more apparent that these skills are embedded in our teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom.

I appreciated reading the article by Kevin Kelly, Becoming Screen Literate, in which he breaks down this new generation of screen viewers and the cultural shift occurring in what it now means to be literate.  We are being bombarded daily by screens.

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Reflections on Powerpoints

We had our back to school night about a month ago and I remember having teachers from the school share examples of powerpoint presentations they have used with parents and thinking quietly that there has got to be a more effective way of communicating.  Back to School night presentations are usually full of information, details, Read more about Reflections on Powerpoints[…]

Using Maps to Teach Visual Literacy

In my class this month we are learning about Maps.  Our big ideas are: How can maps help us learn? How can we learn to use maps and understand direction, position, size, etc…? Traditionally, this unit has used globes, maps (paper) and atlases.  There is nothing in our unit plans and content that use the Read more about Using Maps to Teach Visual Literacy[…]

From “Design Challenged” To “A Challenge To Design”

I am design challenged. From the way I decorate my apartment to the way I take pictures and think about layout out of my blog with colors and widgets I really have a long way to go.  I would like to think that I am communicating a message and engaging my audience.  I truly hope Read more about From “Design Challenged” To “A Challenge To Design”[…]

Course 2 Child Friendly AUP

A group of educators (Vivian, Sibila, Mick, Devita, Verena, Carlene, Donovan) came together for this final task of Course 2 in the COETAIL program.  We met each other through Vivian’s initiative of using the #CoetailAUP on twitter.  We are all elementary teachers who did not know each other but desired to collaborate and discuss issues Read more about Course 2 Child Friendly AUP[…]