Setting the Standard

One of the requests I hear from teachers regularly is that they would like specific outcomes for student learning with technology – basically what students need to know at each grade level. Often they are keen to use technology in their classrooms, but they’re just not sure what the expectations should be, and what they…

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Moving #beyondlaptops…

Last week was a busy one at YIS. We had our first Digital Citizenship Week, with tons of great learning and reflection opportunities for our middle school students (more to come on this later), two meetings (Tues night & all day Saturday) of our YIS COETAIL cohort, and our #beyondlaptops mini-conference. Needless to say, by…

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Students as Teachers: 6th Grade Tutorial Designers

For our second big project of the school year, my 6th grade MYP Technology class will be designing tutorials, inspired by Alan November’s presentation at our Bridging the Gap conference earlier this year. I’ve also noticed that a lot of our students struggle to learn without direct teacher instruction – they don’t seem to be…

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COETAIL Comes to Japan!

I am very excited to announce that starting in September 2011, YIS will host the Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program that Jeff, Dennis, Chad and I started at ISB two years ago. Our first COETAIL cohort at ISB was such a success that a second one was started almost immediately after; and…

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Creating a Blogging Scope and Sequence

Update: We are all finished with the YIS version of the Blogging Scope and Sequence – please feel free to have a look! The collaborative doc is still open for editing too. A few weeks ago I had an absolutely fantastic meeting with our English Department at YIS. They asked me to come in and…

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