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Tasha Cowdy
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Name:
Tasha Cowdy
About Me:
Kindergarten teacher at Yokohama International School
Website:
http://www.tashacowdy.wordpress.com
Interest in Flat Connections
Building connections with young children, collaborating globally, developing class learning networks

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#Challenge 14 Pitching your global project design

Throughout the course I have at times struggled to make some of the challenges relevant to an early childhood setting. I have shared some of my tensions with a fellow early childhood teacher and fcct 12-1 cohort member, Jason Graham. We decided to work together on a global project design and tailor it specifically for younger children (3-7 yr olds). We both work at PYP schools. We felt that an inquiry based, concept driven project would be an appropriate "best practice" approach so we…

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Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

#Challenge 15 Putting it all together

This year I have been engaged in a personal inquiry into learning communities in an early childhood setting: 

what might a learning community look like in a class of three year olds, and how is it the same and how is it different to a learning community for a class of five year olds; what kinds of connections do young children make; what schema do they construct to help them make sense of global collaboration; what does collaboration mean to…

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Posted on December 2, 2012 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

My Favourite Story

Through-out the year the children in KC have communicated and collaborated with KinderPals on the other side of the world. This relationship has provided an authentic purpose and audience for both classes to inquire, create and construct understanding. The children have communicated through blog comments, twitter, postal mail, Google docs and Skype. The partnership has been an important part of the children’s learning and has woven through all curriculum areas: the children have developed…

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Posted on December 2, 2012 at 2:30am

#Challenge 12 Celebration and summation

I shared a summary of my learning so far with some colleagues from my learning community.

On reflection, my graphic was not as good as it could have been. I used a screen shot of a glog I had created as an experiment for the handshake assignment. I thought I could use the glog for my summit as well. This was definitely not the best tool for making a graphic representation of my learning, but it was a useful learning experience; I now know more about the strengths and limitations of…

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Posted on December 2, 2012 at 12:46am

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At 9:38pm on October 16, 2012, Roxanne Toma said…

Hi Team 1 members! 

After the online meeting for the 'Asian' side of the world tonight, Tasha and I have been a bit proactive in stepping forward with our Team 1 project. 

Thanks to Paula and Tasha for getting the handshakes up so quickly, they look great! 

We are proposing that each class in Team 1 does a voicethread about a game that is popular in your country or area or school. That way, our kids can add their own comments or thoughts or questions to the thread and collaborate that way. 

Then, we will go ahead with the 'Play Storm.' Where ALL of our students work in groups of 2 or 3 and are given exactly the same materials. (Not sure what they are just yet. We can discuss that later.) The students will have to make up their own game with those materials and we can collaborate on sharing and playing each others games! 

Tasha and I also thought we'd avoid the confusion of so many platforms to communicate. Let's just send each other messages in here. I have created a group for Team 1 and will invite you all in once it's approved. 

We decided we should post everything on the wiki and the ning as the ning provides a more global experience (for anyone in the Flat Classroom project). 

Tasha and I also talked about Skyping with each other, being in a relatively friendly timezone. I don't know if that's something the US people might be interesting in organising? Just a thought!

I hope this give you a bit of insight. Please keep an eye out for message on here from each other. Look forward to finishing my handshake in the next day or two and posting as well! 

Good luck and we'll talk soon! 

Roxanne. 

At 3:19pm on September 23, 2012, Michelle Hiebert said…
Great to connect with you here, Tasha! Looking forward to getting our project going.
At 12:52pm on September 4, 2012,
Project Manager
Helen McConaghy
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Hi Tasha

   I enjoyed looking at your blog.  a good Peace Corp friend of mine from Honduras used to teach at an international school in Japan.... Debbie Winther.

At 8:03am on September 3, 2012, Barbara Morganfield said…

Hi, Tasha. You were asking a question about Netvibes. I have just started using it myself, so I'm not sure what I think yet. I do like Zite a bunch! Also been playing with Symbaloo - (bookmarking tool) that I like. Socrative is great - easy and free for a student response system.

At 1:35pm on August 27, 2012, Barbara Morganfield said…

Hope you like Zite - I really do find it easy to use!

 
 
 

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