Building Community through Collaboration!

Research shows that educational experiences that are active, social, contextual, engaging, and student-owned lead to deeper learning. (Cornell.edu). Why is collaboration so important right now? Last year was tough. We were physically at school doing hybrid learning for only four months. The other six months were spent completely online. It was hard to build connections.…

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Design on My Mind!

We need to learn to identify, read, and understand images – to become literate in visual language – in order to communicate successfully in our increasingly image-saturated culture.” (ToledoMuseum.org). Back to blogging! COETAIL Course 3 is up and running and I am back in action. The topic of course 3 is “Visual Literacy” and it’s all…

Be Kind

Be Kind Online!

T.H.I.N.K. Before You Post: Ok, so this week there were so many different directions that I could have gone with my post. But after thinking about it, I realized that what I really wanted to talk about, in depth, was the “T.H.I.N.K. Before You Post” poster created and shared by Melissa Pilakowski in October 2015. …

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Much Ado About Social Media!

“Youth who grew up in the age of social media understand it better than most adults, and not just kinda like something dissociated from real life.”  – Driena, age 18 This week’s COETAIL exploration was all about teens and social media. The key questions we were looking to answer were: How do students connect with…

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All Hail the Copycat!

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” – Oscar Wilde There is a famous Seinfeld scene from the episode called “The Maid” where Kramer and Jerry are talking about Ray’s Pizza in New York. Basically, Kramer is lost downtown and trying to tell Jerry where he is, and he…