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Rewordify

January 6, 2015
Rewordify

Do you ever have your students use an electronic resource that has written vocabulary that is a bit too challenging? Rewordify.com is a website that simplifies English so readers can understand more. You can paste text into a box on the rewordify website to simplify it, or you can put a web address into a box...
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Multimedia Poetry Analysis

November 12, 2014
Multimedia Poetry Analysis

We don’t often think of poetry analysis as being a multimedia endeavor, but Mrs. A’s grade four class has proven us wrong. Using iPads and the app Explain Everything, even young students can now share their poetry analysis process in a new way. Not only did the students do traditional poetry analysis tasks of marking...
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Hungry for a Word Salad?

October 13, 2014
Hungry for a Word Salad?

Have you ever tried Word Salad? No, I don’t mean a salad made with words. I mean the iPad app, Word Salad, used for making Word Clouds? Word Clouds are more than just pretty cloudy words on a screen. When learners create Word Clouds, they are actually looking at data. The data are words....
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Zen is great, but I need text and I need it NOW!

January 30, 2014
Zen is great, but I need text and I need it NOW!

Any meeting is only as interesting as speaker. The guidelines of Godin, Reynolds, Kawasaki and Takahashi are fantastic for making many types of meetings and presentations interesting and they have a critical place in communication. But COETAILERs are educators, and best classroom practices point us toward constructivist approaches, heavy on inquiry and collaboration. In...
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My information flow

October 5, 2013
My information flow

I struggle with tracking information. I have a (digital) pile of twitter retweets, twitter favorites, emails I’ve sent to myself, facebook messages I’ve sent to my husband simply so they sit in my facebook message folder (because you can’t facebook message yourself), and an embarrassing list of bookmarks that I need to get through. Oops, I forgot...
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Pulse in a minute

September 21, 2013
Pulse in a minute

I have tried and failed at using a half-dozen different RSS readers. Usually I get hung up in the process of setting them up. I used to have a google reader account for reading student blog posts, but it was too plain. I started to set up digg for COETAIL, but I just could...
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