Monthly Archives: February 2012

Week 4 already – Are we learning anything yet?

Sometimes I wish I was my cat

Slowly getting over my jet lag and getting back into the swing of things here in Bangkok…I always struggle more with jet lag coming this way.

I can’t believe we’re in Week 4 already! Crazy! How are you doing? Are we learning anything yet? Again this first course is about setting up the systems and doing some broad readings into technology and it’s impact on education. From here we start focusing on specific skills, and programs.

Some updates for week 4:

1. Make sure you add the main COETAIL RSS Feed to your Google Reader. As I’m posting things there for the entire community. Kim and Dana will be posting things as well. Our own reflections from our learning along the journey. You can read my latest reflection from my trip to the States here.

2. Also make sure you add this blog’s RSS feed to your reader as well. That way you’ll be updated as soon as I post new information here.

3. We have one more SUNY piece to complete. We have to fill out a “Course Registration Form” for each class as we take them. It’s a pain, but something we have to do for Higher Ed. I’ll be releasing the forms and the video this week. My hope is that you can fill out both course 1 and course 2 form at the same time and then be done until next fall with this process. More info to come……

4. Payments and Blog Addresses
There are still quit a few of you who haven’t put your blog address on the blog spreadsheet. This is very important as it’s the only way I can find your blog. Here are the directions if you missed them.

Also there are about 20 of you who have not paid yet. Please try to get this done as soon as possible. The more time I have to spend chasing people down for paperwork and payment the less time I have to read, respond, and help you on your blogs. :(

5. Getting caught up
I’m focused this week on getting caught up on your grade sheets and doing more reading and commenting on your blogs. It’s been hard not having everyone’s blog in my RSS Reader yet as they are not all on the Google Spreadsheet (see #4).

6. User Account and Blog Creating Disabled
Just an FYI I’ve disabled the ability for people to make new accounts and blogs on the system. This is to help fight spammers. If you still need to set up your account or blog you’ll need to contact me via e-mail.

The end of this week I’m traveling to Seoul Foreign School to participate in two days worth of PD with the staff there. Looking forward to meeting those in the COETAIL program from SFS Face to Face.

Adding Your Blog URL to the Cohort List

It’s time to start sharing your blog with other cohort memebers.

In your Google Docs you will now see a new spreadsheet that I have shared with you called “COETAIL Online Cohort 12-13 Blog Addresses” open up the spreadsheet (you should have edit rights to it), find your name and paste your blogs URL in the space provide.

 

This list is only shared with your cohort. This is also where you can find others to follow in your cohort. You can follow others in your same country, in your area, or in your teaching subject…or a combination of all three…which is what I recommend.

Tomorrow the video will be released on how to set up your Google Reader and start subscribing to these blogs.

The Wave of Information

So what a first week….and I know you’re feeling it. COETAILer Andre sums it up great with this tweet earlier today.

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I promise these first couple weeks are the worse as we set up systems and get stared. I also promise that not everything is going to be done in a video…it’s just the easiest median (right tool for the job) to make sure everyone is getting the same and correct information.

Andre is right this sense of “keeping up” is a tough one. Because we grew up in a time when you really could “keep up” with what was going on. Information moved much slower then, the rate of change was slower. Then 2004 hit and information and access to it has grown exponentially.

So what can you do:

1. Give up the dream of ever “catching up” it ain’t gonna happen. Sit back, relax and smile. You will forever be behind.

2. Because of #1 you will always be a beginner. Those that will succeed will be those that understand they are always beginners, therefore always learning.

So what do I expect:

1. That you will not read everything, instead you will pick and choose what you believe is best for you.

2. I expect you to reflect.

3. I expect you to think.

4. I expect you to stay balanced in life.

5. I expect you to apply what you are learning to your classroom.

6. I expect you to take risks.

7. I expect you to share.

8. I expect you to fail.

#8 being the most important. We learn through failure and it is something we need to give ourselves permission to do. Through failure comes innovation, new ideas, and learning. “Fail Forward” and you’re time here will be awesome!

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Me? I’ve had a bad week…I’ve only failed twice. A good week is at least three times!

No more videos this week. Relax, get caught up. Next week we’ll set up your Google Reader, your Grade sheet, and a couple explanation videos on how the course documents work and the expectations for these courses. For now keep exploring, keep trying out new things and enjoy your new community which Andre also talks about in his first blog post.

It’s a journey not a destination and our journey is just getting started….we’ll take it slow….we’ve got time.