It took many more hours than anticipated, but the final COETAIL project is finally complete. Of course, the fruits of that labor won’t be seen until next school year. And even then, I know that the work that I have done will be modified and added to to fit the needs of our students and teachers. In the end, I think I have created a digital citizenship curriculum that is clear and focused and also engaging. There are parts that I am anxious to see if they work – some of that anxiousness stems from the fact that I will need the advisory teachers to buy in to this process as much as the kids. I do think the conversations we have had on team 8 about digital citizenship point to a common belief in its importance.
Below you can find the unit plans. These address the standards and outline what each lesson will teach. The actually lesson outlines and presentations are, I think, more helpful and easier to follow. Those are linked in my previous post as well as on the AES Digital Citizenship Site.
Balance – Digital Media Use
Protect – Digital Footprints
Learn – Creative Commons
Respect – Cyberbullying
Part of COETAIL was about building your PLN. Although I can’t touch the type of networking that @teachwatts has created, I do think I am growing my PLN. Most of the people I would consider part of my PLN are people I know, beyond my phone/iPad/laptop. I don’t think this diminishes their importance in my professional learning though. Most of the way we communicate is through digital means, be it Facebook, Twitter or email. Then there are others that are part of my PLN and have no idea. These are the ones I follow on twitter and occasionally tweet too. They are the bloggers who inspire me in the classroom and may get the occasional comment from me. So although my contribution is slight (present but limited), I am happy with the way technology has supported my learning through my peers.
So my COETAIL journey is complete. I sit here a much different teacher than I was entering the first course in the fall of 2011. I had barely heard of creative commons when I walked through those doors, and the little I had heard of it came from my buddy @timpettine who was taking COETAIL in Bangkok. Now I am one of the bigger proponents of CC in the middle school. I have been introduced to great thinkers and their ideas on the future of education. I have studied so many different integration models that they are beginning to run together, but in a good way, in that I am beginning to internalize the commonalities of TPACK, SAMR and Grapplings. It has been a fantastic learning experience and I am a better teacher for it.