Becoming a Google Certified Educator

It's hard to believe that Google first launched their suite of apps almost 11 years ago. Even more hard to believe is that I've been using many of them in teaching since 2008. My first Google site was put together as a way to keep things organized for my courses in...

Laying Out the Plan: An Electrifying Redesign

Back in December, I looked at three possible units that I could redesign and infuse with technology for completion of the COETAIL Course 5 Project. I still like all those units as possibilities and of course, will be looking at ways to best support the learning in...

Course 4 Final Project: The Road to Redefinition

As the school year runs into the December break, we are getting very close to the half-way point in the year. As Course 5 of COETAIL approaches in January, it is useful to take a look at what is on the radar for the second half of the year, in order to determine the...

No Problem with Problem-Based Learning

Learn the Lingo There is no end the list of educational pedagogies, learning methodologies and models that exist today. Student-centered learning Constructivism Modeling Visible Thinking Co-operative Learning Project-based Learning (PBL) Problem-based Learning (PBL...

Grilled Realism with a Connectivism Reduction Aioli

The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. A real challenge for any learning theory is to actuate known knowledge at the point of application. When knowledge,...

Are you a Flip Flopper?

... to me, the kid is still getting the information via a lecture and studies are showing that that's not the most effective way to learn - and to actually learn the concepts hands-on. So, in a Science class particularly, we want kids to be able to ask questions and...

Ramblings on Game-Based Science

"Hello. My name is Mr. Anderson... and my classroom is a video game." - Paul Anderson If you are a science teacher and you have spent any amount of time on YouTube, there is a good chance you know the teacher quoted above, Montana Teacher of the Year in 2011. In the...

The State of My SAMR is Strong

 I am always a little skeptical when I come across new 'models' of learning. Having recently covered the History of the Atomic Model in Chemistry class, it is fresh in my mind how models are an interpretation of reality, meant to simplify (perhaps too much at times)...

POP that ‘ZENtation

This could be my worst blog title so far... I realized when thinking about presentations I've done in the past, that I haven't really done many 'presentations', so to speak. I rarely use slides of any kind in class, but when I do they are more for information delivery...

Keep on Remixin’ in the Real World

In order to begin this school year in a course I co-teach called 'Global and Personal Actions', I wanted to get students' minds back into the major global issues that currently exist. It was over ten years ago that J.F. Rischard published High Noon: 20 Global...

Getting the Science Fix with Infographics

infographic Syllabifiction: (in·fo·graph·ic) Pronounciation: /ˌinfōˈgrafik/ noun a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data: a good infographic is worth a thousand words (from oxforddictionaries.com) It seems like such a simple...

Using Photos for Understanding

I had to spend quite a lot of time thinking about how I can use photos in class to improve instruction. For the most part, I refer to specifically chosen videos, animations and diagrams in order to explain science concepts. Furthermore, it's quite a chore to find...

Blog Redesign: An Exercise in Persistence

NOTE: This blog post refers to a previous version of this blog which was developed under the CoETaIL domain. Even a timeless work of art like the DeLorean needs an upgrade now and then. Without Mr. Fusion, how else could Doc generate the 1.21 Jigawatts of power? It...

A Series of Tubes: Hyperlinking Through History

  Can NOT believe this clip is still up from 2006!I remember when I graduated from Grade 8, in the yearbook we got to have our large photos featured with some information written beside them. Being that age, the things the students wrote were not so interesting....

1:1 Laptop Program: An Implementation Guide

This is how it begins I must admit, discussing and writing policy documents is not something for which I have a huge (or even a slight) interest! As I was discussing with the Head of School my COETAIL assignment and how it could be used to benefit our school, he asked...

In the land of Internet privacy, you are what you eat

It takes me about 17 minutes to sign into my Japanese online banking website. Not only does it use a Security keyboard, which makes you click every character while signing in, if you purposely UN-check that option, a message box appears. ATTENTION! You are about to be...