Welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a restful and relaxing break with family and/or friends!
Many of you have been completing blog posts over the past few weeks – remember that all blog posts, comments and Final Project embedded in a reflection blog post – are due on January 14th 2013. Jeff and I are preparing to complete the Final Grades for Course 2. Your Final Grade will be posted within 3-5 days of the extension date, January 14 2012.
Just in case you’re not sure what you should have completed:
6 posts for Course 2
(Post #6 should have your Final Project Google Doc embedded in it as well as a reflection paragraph on the project – don’t forget to make the Google Doc public)
5 separate comments left on other colleagues’ posts
Please check your Google Doc Gradesheet one last time and rememberto hyperlink to your blog posts and comments - we really appreciate this and it makes it a lot easier for us to grade your posts and comments. I’ve heard from a few people that accessing Google Docs has been difficult in the last few weeks. If that’s still happening to you – please email me with the hyperlinks to your blogposts and/or comments and I’ll put them in your Google Doc for you. (Thanks for you last links Erik – I’ve updated yours.)
Hello Addis Ababa CoETaILers! We realise that it has been a very difficult time for you recently with internet and connectivity issues.
To try and ease the situation for you, we are extending the deadline for Course 2 work until January 14th 2013.
Yes, you read that correct! All blog posts, comments and Final Project embedded in a reflection blog post – are now due January 14th 2013.
I want to take this opportunity to say how proud I am of all of you – you are doing a great job of demonstrating and modeling what you have learned during Course 2 and I’m enjoying reading your thoughtful and reflective blog posts as well! Keep up the great work!
Jeff and I would also like to wish you a very safe, and enjoyable break. We hope that you enjoy time with your families and/or friends. I will be travelling back to my home country for three weeks from December 21st, and Jeff will be on holiday from December 17th until January 8th. I’ll be back to work on January 14th. We will be checking our email from time to time but if you need either one of us urgently – please don’t hesitate to write urgent in the subject line!
As you might have already noticed we have moved the COETAIL site from it’s .asia domain to our new .com domain. When we started COETAIL we never thought it would expand past…..well….outside our school really. But here we are five years later and we have cohorts in Asia and Africa as well as have COETAILers spread out all over the world. So it only made sense to have our site reflect the change in our globalness.
You shouldn’t notice any different other than if you type in coetail.asia it magically turns into coetail.com. All your links still work, all the links outside of COETAIL still work….it’s some pretty cool magic really. You’ll also notice the way we’ve set up the redirect (that’s one domain .asia pointing to another domain .com) that over time Google will pick up the switch and start showing your blog and everything COETAIL at .com. That will take a few weeks but starting today we’re officially .com
Let us know if you find any bugs moving forward but things seem to be smooth at this point.
Can you believe it? It’s the final week of Course 2 already! I am really enjoying reading all of your posts right now (especially since I’m so passionate about this topic!). It’s great to see so many of you thinking about what the different readings mean for you as an educator, for you if you’re also a parent, and what it means for your students. It’s also great to see that you are starting to use Creative Commons images in your posts and correctly giving attribution. My hope is that as you continue to model this, so too, will your students!
Week 5′s focus takes a closer look at the communication tools that exist today. They are powerful mediums to help spread positive change and global awareness.
This week’s Essential Question:
The particular skills that we want you to be demonstrating are:
Understand how and why we hyperlink information.
Hyperlinking often and to relevant information within blog posts.
By now, you should have decided on your final project for Course 2 and be working towards it’s completion. Please take the opportunity to talk with your administration and all interested parties if you’re working on a school AUP. We don’t want this to be just an exercise for you to go through in order to complete Course 2. This is a perfect opportunity to work on a living, breathing, changing document that “fits” your school, your students, and your colleagues and the direction that the school is moving in.
We’re over the half-way point of Course 2! How are you feeling? Is your mind a blur of creative commons, digital footprints and attributions? Hopefully the reading material has been interesting and thought-provoking but not too overwhelming!
It’s Week 4 and we’re taking a closer look at Student Safety/Bullying.
Our Essential Question is
Who’s responsibility is it to teach students to be safe online?
It’s important that we help the students that we are working with, and their families that online behaviours and actions can easily impact the access and safety of personal information – not just theirs, but others’ as well. And just who’s responsibility is it? Who is responsible for the online behaviour of students AFTER they leave the classroom/school?
As educators, we do not have to re-invent the wheel and spend countless hours organising or preparing lessons for our students on this very topic! Common Sense Media have a wealth of ready to go lesson plans – for various Grade Levels. All resources and lessons are completely free and they are GOOD too!
It’s the end of Week 3 and I suddenly realised that I did not post the week’s essential question and readings for you all! I’m so sorry about that! We’ve been putting together a verse of a song for this CoETaILer’s awesome global project that fitted right in with our Fragile Earth Social Studies unit plus we’ve been getting reading for our International Week (which is the best ever week of school!). I’m sure that you have all been extremely busy too!
CC Image by: qthomasbower: http://www.flickr.com/photos/qthomasbower/3640360821/
Just because it’s there – does not mean you have the right to use it!
As we head into Week 4 of Course 2 – we are now expecting everyone to use images that you have permission to use (using Creative Commons images is the best way to ensure that you have permission) and that all images are correctly attributed – at all times. This also extends to Videos and Audio. It is our ethical and moral responsibility to ensure that we are modeling appropriate use of images/audio/video with permissions and attributions.
Jeff has created a short video demonstrating how to cite and embed images correctly in a blog post.
Below are links to my “go-to” places for Creative Commons images, audio and video. I also use my own images a lot (as I’m a keen photographer) but I still attribute myself.
Compfight (brilliant search engine of Flickr – remember to set to search for Creative Commons Only)
Jamendo (I use jamendo to find instrumental audio needed for all my movie projects)
The use of Video (especially embedding Video from YouTube) can be a little unclear at times. I’ll talk more about this in a post later this week.
If you have any questions or queries – please don’t hesitate to ask – this can get confusing, I know! It is really important you understand why you just can’t reuse whatever you want when you are publishing on the internet. Please feel free to share any tools/sites that you are using for creative commons images/audio and/or video in the comments as well!
Addis Ababa CoETaIL Blog posts published after November 25, 2012 will be marked down in accordance with the Blogging Rubric, if they contain images/audio/video that you have permission to use and/or you do not correctly attribute those images/audio/video. All blog posts should be meeting a 4 on the blogging rubric to qualify for an overall A grade. Remember that in order to meet a 4 on the Blogging Rubric – each post needs to be enhanced by some sort of multimedia – either an image, audio or video.
Gosh where oh where did Week 3 go? Hope you are all keeping up with the reading each week. I’m slowly making my way through my CoETaIL google reader this week, reading your posts. I highly recommend that you try not to leave all of your posts until the last week. Remember, I’m only an email away if you need anything!
To wrap up Week 3 of Course 2 – here’s a very good Video for you to watch. Yes, I’m biased (it was made in my Home country) – this must-watch video was made by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.
It’s one of my favourite videos about Creative Commons, as it gives you a really good understanding of Creative Commons Licenses and Attributions (giving credit) in a not-so-complicated manner. Of course, we Kiwis (New Zealanders) are really good at explaining things – especially if you can understand our accents!