Course 4 Final Project – Overhauling an MYP Individuals and Societies Unit

Course 4 Final Project – Overhauling an MYP Individuals and Societies Unit

Well, that went by really fast. I can't believe that I am already planning the final project of my Coetail journey. Without further ado, here is the rationale for my project. Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project? I chose the Creative Minds unit from my Grade 6 [...]

“Screens Down” and other Tales of Managing Technology in the Modern Classroom

“Screens Down” and other Tales of Managing Technology in the Modern Classroom

"Screens down" is probably the first intentional strategy that I learned for managing the use of laptops in my class. I have been teaching in a 1:1 school for the last ten years, and I was part of a small group of teachers who piloted this programme before its full implementation. As part of the [...]

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

The Ups and Downs of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom is one of those instructional strategies that seems to elicit opposing reactions from educators: some vow by it arguing that is an excellent avenue for student-centered learning, whilst others claim that it is essentially the lecture-model of teaching in disguise. The University of Texas at Austin succinctly explains what a flipped classroom is [...]

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

The Different Hues of Inquiry-Based Learning: Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning

"Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery." What the heck is inquiry-based learning? by Heather Wolpert-Gawron on Edutopia   Problem-, Project-, and Challenge-Based Learning [...]

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

What before How – Technology Integration in my Classroom

In course 1, I had the opportunity to look at various frameworks of technology integration in education and their commonalities and differences (here you can read my take on TPACK and SAMR). To recap, here are two images that highlight the key elements of both models:     When I look at my own practice, [...]