The fact that this is my first Course 4 post is really embarrassing. I'm sorry, Jeff… and Brandon, whom I believe is my supervisor for this course since my names begins with "E" (though I was a bit confused which one you'd count: "L" for Liz which would put me under Rebekah or "E" for Elizabeth…? I'm going with E, the legal name!) This is me rambling, like a student would, to make excuses for my lateness in posting. And reading. And responding.
I'm so sorry.
However, I must share, inspired by Beth Marinucci
's revisitation of the COETAIL Effect
, how much I've been affected by it.
A week and a half ago, I traveled to Boston to present at NCTE's annual convention whose theme for the year is "Re-Inventing the Future of English". Two former colleagues of mine and I had submitted a proposal last year and was pleasantly proud of ourselves when we got selected out of 2,000+ proposals. This was our title and explanation:
I started the presentation off as the teacher who comes from the mid-to-high SES private international school whose tech to student ratio is 1:1 and teacher to tech ratio, 1:2. I talked about how using the gDoc backchat function, something so simple and easy, can redefine the simple fishbowl discussions and debate. I then shared the beauty of blogging and how that can be a tool for learning, sharing, growing, and connecting beyond the classroom walls of 20, 30 kids and what it means for students to have immediate feedback on their thoughts and reflections.
My friend and former colleague Jenny Bonafide
, coming from a mid-to-high SES area public high school in Virginia, USA shared how she uses Tumblr to connect her kids to the unit on Culture, and what it means to redefine lesson planning from pen to paper to the digital platform that kids not only familiarize but use on a daily basis.
Again, another friend and former colleague Caitlin Murphy
, coming from a low-mid SES area public high school in Kentucky, USA shared how she uses Twitter to connect her kids to each and her about their learnings, findings, and questions to make learning not only real but continuous outside of the classroom hours, not forced by homework but authentically engaged by curiosity and desire for positive affirmation and interaction.
We pulled our three bits together by presenting on how we connected our students from Kentucky to Virginia to China through discussion boards that I created on my class blog
. We posed questions that were thematically relevant to our units and invited all teachers and students (and parents, though I've no responses from them yet!) to join us in the discussions that were happening real-time. Abut real stuff. About the world. About them. About, believe it or not, school
, without them even realizing that this was work.
We then shared our resources on this Padlet
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What I brought to the table was something that has become so second nature to me in teaching: blogging, tweeting
-ing. My best friend and colleague's husband here in China said to me the other night, "Listen to you! Liz Cho two years ago would have never said those words out of her mouth!"
It's true. I never would have.
So, what's changed? COETAIL Effect has contaminated me, this whole talk about connectivism, SAMR model, Flipped-Learning business… I hardly recognize myself.
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The feedback that we got from our presentation was incredibly encouraging, and I'm hoping to continually infect others with the coetail effect. I am fortunate as well to have the amazing support of my school's eLearning crew who are out-of-this-world amazing (John Burns
, Mark McElroy
, Marty Ruthaivilavan
, Diana Beabout
) and the incredible SIS colleagues who are on this COETAIL journey with me (Ceci Gomez
, Mick Huiet
, Carlene Hamley
, Louise Van Steveninck
). It's one thing to be a part of the COETAIL cohort, but without the physical and mental support surrounding me, I probably would have fought off the infection with a pill called, "I-can't-do-it-it's-too-hard".
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It's great to be infected with the COETAIL effect, and I hope the incredible level of connectivism gets those of you that are the "Liz Cho two years ago" itching for contamination.