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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...

feeling like a genius

My summer holiday gave me a lot of time to catch up on the items on my "To Do" list. One of the most glaring items that required my attention was some inquiry into: Genius Hour. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMFQUtHsWhc&noredirect=1[/youtube] It didn't...

will.EM.power

How the idea came to be: Let's get one thing straight before I get started here. I am, by no means, an authority on [any] school policy. I am a rule follower who enjoys the opportunity to bend and mold rules to serve my purpose. No one has asked me to write a...

when life gives you lemons…

...grab some tequila and salt! Last week, my husband, Rob (@rlanglands), and I collaboratively posted a discussion debate about whether or not schools should limit a child's access to the web. For that debate, I wrote from my perspective as a 2nd grade teacher who has...

showdown in SA

This weekend, our family took an unexpected trip to Zimbabwe. For the most part, we were without internet access but we were not without debate. Over Zambezi beers and views of Victoria Falls, we disputed, argued, and attempted to convince one another of our...

copyright chaos

The problem with copyright rules is that they are confounding. I've spent about an hour trying to understand all the "this then thats" of the copyright flowchart pictured below. I still don't understand if I'm allowed to share it here. It appears as if I can use it...

privacy please

prologue The stories have been plastered all over the internet--adults so fed up with children's behavior that the youth are punished with extreme consequences. You may remember the father who shot up his daughter's laptop because of her Facebook post (see video...

leaving my mark

I Googled myself. Thanks to the tragic and unfortunate stories that usually end in the firing of a teacher, I've been moderately aware of my digital footprint since starting my teaching career. So... I Googled myself. The results were nothing upsetting, but the...

making a 180

To know me is to know that I have a hard time admitting failure or weakness. Though it is obvious I am not perfect, I do not relish the idea of shouting that fact to the multitudes. So a few weeks ago, I read about and blogged about my love/hate relationship with...

my own personal vortex

This COETAIL course has been my own personal vortex. After reading about a hundred COETAIL blog posts, following countless new tech or education blogs, watching dozens of videos, and scanning through a host of suggested texts--my head is swimming with ideas. These...

who the heck

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