You made it! I know at times you didn’t think you where going to. Or you were thinking what’s the point of all this (and some of you still are). I know that many of you, via your blog posts, are still putting your own systems into place. Figuring out your blog, your RSS reader, etc.
Well….I told you we were going to push you in the deep end and it’s so good to see you all floating and swimming on your own…maybe not perfect…..but you’re here, you’re thinking, and your learning. Just remember the Dan Meyer quote of “be less helpful” and how much you’ve learned on your own with a little guidance at times and no guidance at other times.
I have been so impressed by your depth of reflection. I truly do think that blogging is some of the best self-directed PD you can give yourself. Reflecting on your practice is one thing, to have to stop and take time to write it down in a form where others can read and respond to it…takes it to a deeper level. You want it to be good, you want it to sound good an because of that you spend time thinking through what you really believe, what you really want, and what you’re thinking and learning. Is blogging a new genre? I think so…..but I’ll let you debate that one.
Course 2 – March 26 – May 6
You’ll notice that course 2 is 7 weeks long as you get to have a built in Spring Break week in there somewhere. Take a week off and enjoy the overseas life of travel and leisure. I’ll be away the week of April 14 – 22. I’m headed to the beach here in Thailand for a little R&R and have booked a hotel with no WiFi….on purpose. I’m looking forward to reflecting offline, relaxing, and just being. I hope you find time to do the same.
Course 2 will focus on copyright, fair-use, and creative commons. I’ll have to say when we started COETAIL this was my least favorite class to teach, but it has turned into one of my favorites as it’s such an important, frustrating, no real answers, topic that I think allows us to do some really deep thinking around what it is you believe is important for your school and your students.
The course 2 project is not a lesson plan, but instead you will be looking at your school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on technology. You will be working in groups to create new AUPs for your school based on what we’re discussing in this course and what you’ve learned in the previous course as well. More to come on this once we get started.
Enjoy the week off….and be looking for your final grade for the course on your Google grade sheet. A week off from class doesn’t mean you have to give it all up. You are still allowed to blog, encouraged to continue to read your RSS reader and stay active. Being a connected educator needs to become a habit, find ways to keep involved with the conversations.
Until the 26th