What a joy it was to work on this project! I have embedded my video here and below I have gone into a bit more detail on my reflections.
My goals for this lesson were to help my students understand they can share their thoughts, feelings and understandings with the WORLD! To help instill in them that they can be thoughtful global citizens in the hopes they will share their ideas, start conversations and ask questions.
- Did I accomplish my goal? This project was a success on many levels. The children were empowered, I was empowered, they felt and saw first hand what it meant to share with others and how they can impact others even if they are on the other side of the world.
- What would I change or do differently? I will be continuing to look for different apps to use for publishing. Next time I would like to have a ‘menu’ of sorts so they can choose what app they would like to use to publish. To do that I will also need to continue to work with different apps so I that I know what skills they will need for working with them. Scribble Press was a great app, except when it is saved from the i-pad to the website so people can see it on the computer the line breaks are removed. We had to make a screen shot of each poem and re-create the book to share it on the blog in its original form. For this reason, we will probably not use this app for publishing poetry but may consider it for a small moment story.
Reflecting on COETAIL:
I can’t believe the journey has ended, or should I say had a great start! I definitely do not feel it is over. I will be using all that I have learned each day in my classroom, professional goals and personal life! I have gained the knowledge and confidence I need to write on a blog, share my thoughts and ideas with others, ask questions, make mistakes and most of all work towards redefining my teaching in such a way that technology is not an “add on” but infused in my lessons. I will continue to blog, comment and read others blogs as they work towards their goals. I hope to find another First Grade teacher living in another country that would like to partner with me and help create lessons and allow our classes to work together and share in their learning. I will continue to work on the idea of flipped centers, using QR codes. I will simply continue moving forward, asking questions and working towards my goals. Thank you COETAIL for this wonderful journey! I am not finished, this only the beginning!