Start with the why, I get it, but…

In bold are 11 Brazilian Portuguese idiomatic expressions. Can you guess what they mean from context? Answers at the end of the post. What Michael Fullan goes on about here is what I’ve been hearing for years. He is, as we say in Portuguese, raining on what is already wet (1). Kids going on to make the world…

TIM and SAM R the ones who killed TPACK

Comparing technology integration models While I have never used any of these before, I have studied them in detail in preparation for a potential tech integration role when I was out recruiting last year. The FDR school in Lima, Peru, for example, uses the TIM model for measuring and quantifying technology integration. Below is an…

I like to move it, move it…

First steps of collaboration Our group for this project was located on 3 different continents and 4 distinct timezones. The first order of business was to use a timezone meeting planner to identify a time we could all meet synchronously. We then created a shared workspace on Google Docs where we each added a unit…

Redesigning a Powerpoint (when we should be redesigning learning)

In subject classrooms, I would argue that instead of spending energy creating powerpoints that are more design-friendly, teachers should focus on redesigning learning experiences such that a PowerPoint isn’t required. Something where students are collaborating, solving problems, taking different approaches, and arriving at the same learning objective through a variety of paths.

Data is the new (s)oil

I saw David McCandless’ TEDTalk right after it came out and it still remains one of the few I like to show to students. The dispositions to interpret patterns in big data is, for me, one of the ‘new’ skills that students didn’t really need it when you and I went to school. Data is…

New year, new look

COETAIL course 3 started with a review of the look and feel this blog in light of visual literacy principles that enhance readability and engagement. This post is a reflection on the changes I’ve made to this page as a response to this challenge.

ISTE Standards for Educators – A Virtual Crash Course

Inspired by Stanford dSchool‘s (retired?) Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking, our group decided to recreate the experience using the Citizen Standard of the ISTE Standards for Educators. The goal was to create a 4x 30-minute professional development experience in which teachers refined, in their school context, processes and educational activities that improved the ability…