Author Archives: Michael Leyland

Digital Fail

  Use of technology for this project we started out with computers and a badging platform. Of course, I was shooting for redefinition/ transformation. Here’s the thing with badging, for some students the experience was mere substitution. They selected a … Continue reading

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Reflections on COETAIL and Badging

Wow.   What a ride it has been. Things didn’t always go as planned. I tried to put my COETAIL learnings into action for this project. Here are some thoughts that came to my mind, as this was taking place. … Continue reading

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Give and take and give: it’s the cycle of a healthy PLN

PLNing has been a bit of a lifestyle change for me, really. Prior to taking COETAIL, I took a 6 month break from social media use and news consumption. I didn’t recognise the power of connecting with others. COETAIL has … Continue reading

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I started to consider my options for this final project many months ago. Being in a new school and new library program, I didn’t have a unit to rework. I do  feel more comfortable working with secondary students, but I haven’t … Continue reading

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It’s OK to make mistakes

Do not feel bad about your mistakes or those of others. Love them! Remember that one: they are to be expected; two: they’re the first and most essential part of the learning process; and three: feeling bad about them will … Continue reading

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Project proposals for course 5

Interactive book review project Describe the project: What will your students do?  Students will be asked to share about the books they’re reading. The Panda books awards are a group of books already selected by librarians in China to promote … Continue reading

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Watching the wheels go round and round

My experience with students’ use of technology has been frustrating here in China. I can’t sugarcoat it. Photo Credit: Frits Ahlefeldt – Flickr via Compfight cc Having been in China for the last 6 school years, I’ve experienced and … Continue reading

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Learning: It’s Personal

Personalized education, according to research from the Project Horizon Report, means that people expect to learn, work, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to. There’s no place for 10 – 40 minute, single subject periods in schools in 2017 and … Continue reading

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Moving from one game to the next

USA today released a story about jobs that won’t exist in 2030. Librarianship was on the list. Consequently, my social media feeds – full of librarians – went up in flames. To contradict the story, others wrote opposing viewpoints. I … Continue reading

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