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showdown redux

8 months ago Rob (@rlanglands) and I engaged in a showdown over whether or not schools should limit a student's access to the web. As our fourth course winds its way to completion this week's conversation topic led us to an interesting debate at the dinner table and...

a future for all?

How's your Esperanto? My Esperanto sucks! And until just two days ago, I didn't really know much about it except as a punchline to many jokes. Like most inventions, Esperanto was a good idea... in theory!  Created in the late 1800s by the Polish linguist, L. L....

gettin’ our game on

A few months ago, I heard my husband tell my children that they could "level up" if they did the dishes properly. It was as if he lit a fire under their bums because they'd never washed the dishes better... the first time! After looking at the beautifully gleaming...

problem making

I have always been a slight over-achiever. I like to do well. I've always liked to please my teacher (can you hear me groveling @brandonhooverr?). And I've always tried to make a name for myself and set myself apart from my peers. These expectations benefited when I...

flipping over

While organizing my morning fix in the staff room this week I took the opportunity to talk to a smattering of colleagues about how they are integrating technology: TEACHER 1: "I integrate technology every day. We use the classroom computers as a reading station. We...

hire me…please!

During Course 1 of my COETAIL journey, I was checking out some of the blogs of my friends and colleagues who had already completed the program. When looking at @pjcarp13 's blog, I really liked the cool infographics he had added to his About page. So, being the true...

stealing welcome

Like most people, I take in a lot of information. I read, see, and hear a ton of stuff. Just looking at the items I use daily: my news feed, Twitter, Facebook, Podcast library, Kindle library, Pinterest, BuzzFeed, StumbleUpon, and FlipBoard (not to mention the copious...

Don’t Wimp Out!

The problem   As President of our school's elementary, my daughter has been tasked to make an introductory video for an upcoming assembly. Simple enough...for me, a somewhat tech-savvy adult, but my daughter is 9: she has only had her school supplied slate for 2...

why TED talks inspire

After watching Zen Design: An Overview it occurred to me that I have been doing it all wrong. When it comes to presenting myself with #COETAIL, I've been making some huge tactical errors. History In the past, I've done the week's readings, investigated some...

your thousand words

I am a woman of many, many, many words! I have a tendency to say in 50 (read: 100) words what someone would normally say in 10. I use a lot of words because I am a quick processor. I can come up with an oral argument quickly and when I need to articulate my point, I...

Cleaning up the CRAP

I'm loud!  I'm a BIG personality! And I love color. Walking in to my house you can see this (even before you hear it!) Furniture is loud. Artwork is big. And color oozes off my walls (though this is the first house I haven't painted from top to bottom because of the...

who the heck

Langlands 2.0 is the home of reflections on teaching, learning, and tech integration in an international classroom.

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