Frameworks for Learning

Watson Labs – Brain Synapse This week’s readings made new connections creating synapses (linkages) in my head. When I started the COETAIL program I wanted to merge a ‘technology’ teacher and a ‘teacher’ but was not sure how hard it would be or how to go about it. After this week, there is more clarity.…

Final Project: Collaboration and Facilitation

I chose to do a project focusing on ISTE standards 4 and 6: Collaboration and Facilitation. I am glad that I chose collaboration for this project as I got to work with COETAIL 11 colleagues who I don’t know at all. Working with people that I do not know has been a challenge for me.…

Effective Communication Design

This week was an eye opener! I knew that it was important to create effective slides but my main focus had been on: Number of words on a slide (no more than 20) Contrasting font and background so the font could be read clearly Not too many slides Some animation (sliding in fonts etc.) to…

Trials of Finding Information

Whew! It was tough deciding on a topic to make an infographic on. However, this was nothing compared to finding relevant information so I did not end up comparing apples to oranges. Initial Plans I wanted to do a correlation of high school graduation rates and low income students as it is of importance to…

Collaboration and Technology

Readings for Week 2 were thought provoking:  First, reading the Edutopia article on ‘Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom’ reminded me of a student lesson converting the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony scene to a WhatsApp conversation, series of tweets or instagram messages. It got students excited engaged and…

Visual Literacy – Are we ALL designers?

The BEFORE Screenshots This makes me wonder whether REALLY are designers…. For me a blog seems to be more of a place for MY reflection and whether it appeals to others or not has been immaterial. Learning From Readings: I have not done the following for my readers: varied the size of font used font…

Peacekeeping and Poetry – A Humanities Unit

How did you find your group for this project? I did not really find a group for my project. There are probably a few reasons responsible for that. First, I started the course late and a little reluctantly due to an increase of personal responsibilities. Second, the workload at my school increased due to planning…

How can I ignite curiosity within my students?

This week’s readings do not all fit into the compelling question “What role will you play in promoting curiosity and truth?” as we also encompass compassion when using social media. I like that. I align with Butler University’s CARE acronym (Concern, Assume Responsibility, React, Evaluate and Follow up) as it strips our incognito internet personas…