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Happy New Years and a New COETAIL Baby

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a restful and safe holiday and are ready to take on the second half of the school year as well as your fifth and final COETAIL course.

Over the holiday’s we also added a new COETAIL baby. Heather Goggins had Elizabeth Anna on December 15th.

Heather used her new digital story creation skills to also create this great video of her family and Elizabeth’s arrival.


Such is life

Aaahhh!!! Over the past week I have received a fewa couple….some….many emails from people asking about an extension to finish their projects.

We’re teachers too remember and we totally understand that you are trying to balance the start of a new school year, COETAIL, and that thing we call “A Life”. So first, take a deep breath…….and breathe…..

Now….course 3 ends this coming Sunday (October 21st). If you do not have your projects/blog posts/comments done by that time and you have paid for the course and turned in your registration papers to SUNY then you will receive a grade as “Incomplete”.

Note: If you haven’t registered and paid by Sunday….we can’t help you!

SUNY is very good about understanding that life happens as well. So once the course ends and if you have turned in your paperwork and paid, then you have 6 weeks to make up the work without any grade penalty. That is 6 weeks from October 21st!

What we (Brandon and I and COETAIL in general) are focused on is the learning. I would rather you take the extra time to turn out a quality product rather than rush to finish and not learn anything. So if you need to take the extra time just let Brandon and I know and we’re OK with that.

However, if you take the extension time does not stop. Course 4 will begin on time on October 29th. So I believe it’s in your best interest not to put this off too long as the course work will continue to pile up. Also if you take the extension then when you do complete all your course work for course 3 you need to let Brandon and I know so that we know to go back and grade what you have done. We’re moving on as well…..

Course 4, just as an FYI, is a 7 week course with 6 weeks of learning. So there is a week built into the course for you to take a “fall break”. I know some of your schools have started those already and that’s the reason you’re behind. You need your vacations, we know that and support that, but just know there is one built into the schedule for you in course 4.

I hope this helps…..we really are here to support you, to guide you, and to help you with this new learning. Course 3 has two big projects that make you think different, that push you to think visually, we know that and we are so excited to see the reflections and the process you are going through while learning these new tools, strategies, and ideas.

So breathe……everything will be OK……and you’ve got help! :)


Jeff & Brandon

TAS Final Projects!

This past weekend I was in Taipei finishing wrapping up the final course for the TAS Cohort. It was a great day of presenting and learning and reflecting . There were a a few projects I wanted to point out to you so that you have an idea of where this all ends in a years time.

You can watch all the recorded presentations here.

Nancy and Kathy put together this fantastic video. Your final project will be a video that you create similar to this. Breathe……we’re a long way from there…..but you’ll notice the aspects that we’ve already talked about integrated into this project.

Allison Nave has done a great job of sharing and reflecting as she flips her middle school math class….as well as sharing her thoughts on our bigmarker session last week.

Nyoli had her Algebra students create a Google Site for review purposes. Students don’t want the site public but she outlines the learning and the process.

Barb outlines making book trailers with elementary students in the library.

Scott and Laura reflects on using iPads with 1st graders.

Steve talks about using Google Docs with 2nd Graders.

Jennifer teaches music through creating a sound track for a movie trailer.

Just a couple of examples of how technology in playing a part in different classrooms. Exciting to see where you’ll end up in just about a years time! :)


Two New COETAIL Coaches in Training

As COETAIL continues to expand with at least three more cohorts next year, we are looking to add some COETAIL Coaches to help us meet the needs of the growing numer of COETAILers out there.

Kim Cofino and I have talked about this at great length and want to make sure that new COETAIL Coaches understand the philosophy behind COETAIL, are leaders in the Educational Technology Field, are international teachers themselves, as well as being good presenters. The final requirement is that they must complete the COETAIL program themselves.

So with that we’ll have two COETAIL Coaches In Training for the remainder of this cohort. I’m excited to announce that Clint Hamada and Brandon Hoover will both be joining me in the journey of this cohort as coaches.

Clint is in his 14th year of teaching, working in schools in California, Japan, Tanzania and Vietnam. As the Technology Facilitator at UNIS Hanoi, Clint works with students and teachers to leverage technology to create innovative learning experiences. He has facilitated workshops at conferences across Asia, including the IB Asia Pacific Regional Conference, Learning 2.0 and ASB Unplugged. Clint is an IB MYP workshop leader and experienced MYP/DP Mathematics practitioner.

Professional Blog | COETAIL Blog | Twitter

Brandon is an American expat living in Manila, Philippines after 7 amazing years in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has been living in Asia since 2002.

Brandon is an IT Curriculum Director at International School Manila, an  ADE, with a degree in Engineering and Industrial Design with a Fine Arts major. One of his strongest passions (as you may have guessed) is photography.

Keep up with him via:

twitter | flickr | 500px | COETAIL Blog

I do hope you do your own “Google Resume” search for these two so you can see for yourself just how qualified they are.

On a personal note…I’ve known both of these guys via the network for….it seems like forever. They have taught me a lot over the years and I’m excited that they’ve decided to join COETAIL as instructors. Clint actually did a presentation for the YIS COETAIL Cohort earlier this school year and is now part of the Learning 2.012 Conference Team.

Brandon is an amazing photographer. Do check out his flickr and 500px account above….I’m personally very excited to have him help us teach the third course that focuses on visual literacy.

Both of these gentlemen will have access to your Google Grade Sheet and you’ll see posts from them here from time to time as they learn the COETAIL Coaching system as well as take the COETAIL program at the same time. So they will be busy!

Also know if you have questions, need help with something they are here to support you!



Over the years I’ve heard a lot of excuses of why teachers haven’t been able to finish their work on time. To be honest….you’re all just as bad as the kids. :)

James Couch contacted me and said he’d be a bit late turning in his work as he has just become a father for the first time.

Introducing Lily!


Congrats James to you and your wife! I guess you can have a couple more weeks. :)

SUNY Registration Forms for Course 1 & 2 Online Cohort

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Well, I’ve put this off as long as possible, but I’m afraid it is time to do the paperwork side of things. Part of the reason I have put off you doing the registration is in hopes that you can do both Course 1 and Course 2 at the same time and be done with it.

Nobody likes to fill out paperwork, but without it your grades won’t be posted to SUNY. :(

So the time has come to get it done.

Course 1

1. Download the Course 1 Registration Form (also found in your Google Docs)

2. Print it out and complete it, or if you have a digital copy of your signature you can fill it out in Word.

3. Save the completed registration form as a PDF making sure to put your name in the File Name (Example: Course 1 (EDC 607) – Jeff Utecht)

4. E-mail the registration form as an attachment to this e-mail address:

Course 2

1. Download the Course 2 Registration Form (also found in your Google Docs)

2. Print it out and complete it, or if you have a digital copy of your signature you can fill it out right in Word.

3. Save the completed registration form as a PDF making sure to put your name in the File Name (Example: Course 2 (EDC 606) – Jeff Utecht)

4. E-mail the registration form as an attachment to this e-mail address:

That’s it you’re done!
You do not need to send any money. The $18 of the $718 of your tuition covers the registration fee. I’ll forward on one single check to SUNY on the cohorts behalf. That’s how SUNY likes it.

The Setup…in case you’re interested:

I use a free service called to have you e-mail your registration forms to. I can then send a link to the folder where these are uploaded to SUNY and they can simply download them. Works great!

Also know that is running a special right now. If you download their app on an Android phone and sign up through that app they’ll give you 50GB of free storage. That’s 50GB of free web storage….crazy…and totally worth it!

Kicking Off February 6!

We’re excited to be starting another COETAIL Cohort this coming February!

Take a look at the class schedule No Summer Classes!

Browse the COETAIL site to get a feel of the type of work and thinking you’ll be doing.

Apply to SUNY’s Gradute Program and understand the Fee Schedule

Then Reserve your spot today! Registration closes February 12st!
UPDATE: We’ve decided to add a 3rd Cohort. There are currently 5 spots left before we close the program for good! Sign up today to get started!


If you have any questions please leave a comment below.


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