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  • Against Technology Integration
  • Extending understanding
  • Rewordify
  •   Technology integration is a noble-sounding aim, but it is a concept that does not go far enough.    Picture technology integration as a ham and cheese sandwich. The ham is the content and the cheese is the technology. The ham and cheese remain two separate things. You can pull...

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  • This is my new home. Or at least, this is the stereotype of my new home.   Truth be told, this is the view out  my kitchen window: Two weeks ago today, I arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I’ve started a new job as a Digital Learning...

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  • Collaborative Google Doc Notes for this Session   Transmedia storytelling for earcos pdf from Robin Montgomery Loading…

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  • 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...

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Digital Storytelling: A Cautionary Tale and a Flamingo

February 24, 2014
Digital Storytelling: A Cautionary Tale and a Flamingo

My digital story is called “A Cautionary Tale.” It began as a keynote I created last week for helping our fourth and fifth grade students understand what being careful with their iPads means. I had hoped to get in to the classrooms and talk to our students, but when I ended up staying home...
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Infographics

February 24, 2014
Infographics

How will I use this infographic? Let me count the ways. This infographic does a fantastic job of demonstrating how the iPad pulls together so many functions of multiple other devices into one piece of hardware. I may ask my teachers to brainstorm the things that they think the iPad can and can’t do...
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5 reasons the iPad is amazing for digital storytelling

February 21, 2014
5 reasons the iPad is amazing for digital storytelling

Those who consider themselves digital storytellers should be having an affair with Apple products. Here’s why: The massive number of apps The iPad has a huge number of free or nearly free apps that are useful for storytelling. No other app store has as many apps for their products as Apple does. Here are...
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Zen and the Redundancy Principle

February 19, 2014
Zen and the Redundancy Principle

As I reviewed the guidelines of Presentation Zen, I was reminded of the book about e-Learning by Mayer and Clark, e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning. Speakers can use the e-Learning methods of Mayer and Clark to make sure that their presentations have the effective...
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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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Nourished by healthy failure

January 29, 2014
Nourished by healthy failure

Here is my compost from today. Isn’t it pretty? I’ll get back to it shortly. At the 2013 Asia-Pacific Apple Distinguished Educators Institute in Bali last year, new ADEs practiced raising our hands in celebration when we failed.  Our leader in this exercise was Rebecca Stockley, The Improv Lady. Perhaps drawing on research similar that used...
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For love of reading… (online?)

January 21, 2014
For love of reading… (online?)

In early January, 1005 American adults were surveyed about their reading habits. According to PewResearchCenter, more Americans are reading ebooks than ever before, but few are reading solely ebooks. The report paints a picture of fairly diverse readers among 18-29 year olds in the U.S.: They are switching to ebooks more than other age groups....
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Paying for twitter followers? Course 2 final project

December 15, 2013
Paying for twitter followers? Course 2 final project

It’s ironic that right as I finish up COETAIL Course 2, I am in Bangkok, home to Siam Paragon, which has just been named the most instagrammed place of 2013. This morning as we left Villa Market, I picked up a brochure about local activities. I noticed this ad in the back. One thousand...
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The voices of my grandparents, swearing

December 10, 2013
The voices of my grandparents, swearing

Both of my father’s parents were born in Scotland. Here is my grandfather (the taller man) with his brother and nieces. He was already white-haired, but he looks happy, doesn’t he? His accent sounded something like the voice of this girl in this video, but he was more grandparently. He talked about cheese and...
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Knowing I have an audience

December 2, 2013
Knowing I have an audience

Have any other recently minted COETAILERs started blogging differently now that you know you (most likely) have an audience? I definitely have started writing differently. I picture the classmates who might be reading as I write. In my mind, I have a sort of collegial friendship with those who read. This is despite the...
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