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Tasha Cowdy
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FC Global Educator
Toni Olivieri-Barton commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post #Challenge 13 Global Project Design
"Will you or Jason be running this project again?  I am at a PYP school and it fits our curriculum so well. Please let me know for the 2013-14 school year.  Thanks!"
Jan 18, 2013

Founder
Julie Lindsay commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post Quadblog Group 4 (Julie, Jason, Tasha)
"Thanks for putting together an excellent set of resources and comments!"
Jan 16, 2013

Founder
Julie Lindsay commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post #Challenge 15 Putting it all together
"Tasha, once again you raise interesting and exciting observations from your classroom experience and from your knowledge of the FCCT course (that does right now focus on global project design supported by the seven steps design principles). I wonder…"
Jan 16, 2013

Founder
Julie Lindsay commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post #Challenge 14 Pitching your global project design
"Valuable comments Tasha! Yes, maybe it is not a matter of pitching and creating yet another project for students at this level, of this age, but more importantly we need to be supporting and encouraging teachers to connect and collaborate - the…"
Jan 16, 2013

Founder
Julie Lindsay commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post #Challenge 13 Global Project Design
"Tasha, well done! I hope you and Jason will continue to work with us and advise future modifications that need to be done to FC materials to make them more appropriate for younger students. Thanks for all that you have done during the course."
Jan 16, 2013
Tasha Cowdy and Toni Olivieri-Barton are now friends
Dec 23, 2012
Catalina Valenzuela commented on Tasha Cowdy's blog post #Challenge 13 Global Project Design
"Tasha and Jason: Your proposal about how children learn from their space is beautifully thought. I like the way you put together the VC and how it becomes a teaching/learning tool. "
Dec 11, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Hey folks! ive had to move ahead as I only have my students for three more days before we finish. I have added some video clips  to our  Games We Play VoiceThread. My children playing the games they invented and some voice comments…"
Dec 8, 2012
Lara Ronalds and Tasha Cowdy are now friends
Dec 7, 2012
Tasha Cowdy posted blog posts
Dec 2, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Hi Paula, my personal twitter is @tashacowdy and our class account is @yiskc.  We usually check our twitter feed once a day, in the afternoon.  Our class blog is here."
Nov 29, 2012

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Julie Lindsay commented on Tasha Cowdy's video
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Tablet computing in Early Years education

"Tasha, thanks for sharing different perspectives across your school community on Tablet computing in your class. The students are particularly cute! Well done!"
Nov 22, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Paula , thanks for attending the meeting -sorry I couldnt get cover for my class. Happy to make contact with your class. Skype wont work for us because of the time zones. My kids have communicating with K classes through twitter and google doc…"
Nov 19, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Interested in eyejot but thinking realistically, Im not sure that I have time to  learn a new tool right now.  I will see if I can get to it. Sounds great but I am struggling to keep all my balls up in the air at the moment! Let me see how…"
Nov 15, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Maybe you guys could decide on the materials for the game the children will create? I particularly like Paula's ideas of yarn and popsicle sticks, and would add a couple of pebbles! : ) (All things that are easily accessible, at least…"
Nov 15, 2012
Tasha Cowdy commented on Roxanne Toma's group K-2 2012 Building Bridges Team 1
"Ah! Unfortunately i cant make it as that is my monday morning and I am teaching. Sorry. It will also be monday morning for Roxanne. Im happy to go with the flow, whatever you guys decide. "
Nov 15, 2012

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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

Tasha Cowdy's Blog

#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
said…

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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