Author: mike.thaler88

For The Love Of Cheese

Cheese, I Haven’t Always Loved Thee I spent the first twenty years of my life in the darkness. For some reason, before I can remember, I decided that I hated cheese. I had no rational reason for it, just like I had no reason to dislike bread, the other food I decided I hated, which made my parents’ life pretty difficult. To make matters even more ridiculous, I loved grilled cheese…try to figure that one out. Anyways, In my early twenties, I found out that cheese wasn’t actually that bad, and over the last decade it has gotten to the...

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Just Google It

I Google everything. It’s actually a bit of a problem. My friends have started to notice and call me out on it. You probably have a friend like me too, or maybe you are that person. You’re sitting around with your friends, and the conversation sparks a question in your mind. It could be a question that someone asked, or maybe it was just a word that reminded you of an idea or question in your head. You immediately reach for your phone. Ten seconds later, Wikipedia, IMDB, or even just the google script that magically puts the answer to...

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Switching Superpowers – From Lurker to Contributor

In the not-so-classic Ben Stiller film Mystery Men, there was a superhero character called Invisible Boy. He’s invisible. As long as no one is looking at him. I too have the superpower of invisibility. But only when I’m on the internet. And that is how I existed in my digital communities, with very few exceptions, for most of my digital life. I joined Twitter in November 2011 and have managed to tweet or retweet 138 times. That’s an average of 1-2 tweets a month, but for my first six years I averaged one tweet a year. I joined Reddit in...

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My Learning Goals

Sitting down and reading the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators through the lens of my own learning goals was a really interesting exercise in reflection. With each standard I could reflect on areas of my practice I feel are really going well, and many areas that I am looking to improve. The standards that really stood out to me and related goals are: 3B – Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency. Being able to critically consume and navigate digital media is in my mind on...

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My Professional Learning Community

The parts of my professional learning community that I use most are the ones that I see everyday. As part of my job I am constantly meeting with the different grade teams in our school, planning and troubleshooting with our administrators, and some of the most productive and interesting conversations happen over lunch or a beer after school. I am also in touch with my group of friends from university who have dispersed to international schools all around the world and we can offer each other ideas and encouragement from our different perspectives and contexts. My personal and professional connections...

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Introduction to COETAIL 11

Name: Mike Thaler Originally from: New Hamburg, Ontario Currently living & working: Düsseldorf, Germany Position: Elementary Technology Integration Teacher Cohort: COETAIL 11 Twitter: @thaler88 Hi! My name is Mike Thaler, and I am originally from New Hamburg, Ontario. In 2013 I moved internationally for the first time to Bangkok, where I taught grade 5 for two years before moving to Düsseldorf. In Düsseldorf I taught grade 5 for two year before transitioning to a Technology Integration role. I’ve learned so much in this role, both about technology in education and about life outside the core classroom, but I miss being in the classroom full time and...

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