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Course 1 Ends March 18th

As we near the end of course 1 I wanted to point out the Google Calendar you will find embedded on the sidebar of this blog. I HIGHLY recommend that you add the Google Calendar to your own calendaring system. If you’re not using Google Calendars this would be a great time to have a dabble with it.

As this course comes to a close I’m already ramping things up for course 2. We’ll be adding a virtual chat sessions via bigmarker.com. Where we’ll be gathering to just chat about things, bounce ideas or listen to guests talk about their experiences, classrooms, or ideas. I’m already setting up guest speakers, many of them COETAIL graduates as I want teachers talking to teachers about their classrooms and what they’re doing. The best way to get ideas is to hear what others are doing.

These sessions will be open to all COETAILers and will be recorded and released via iTunes. So if you can’t make one, or you live in a country where the Interent is slow know you can still listen in to the conversations.

All of these sessions will be posted on the Google calendar which is why it’s important that you get use to looking at it now for information moving forward.

What “About Me”

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As I’m going through all the blogs I’ve noticed that many of you have not set up an “About Me”  or “About” page on your blog. You can do this by logging into your blog clicking on Pages – New Page. Also make sure you delete the “Sample Page” as you don’t need it anymore.

This is an important part of having an online profile. When you leave a comment somewhere on the web you leave the address to your blog. This is so people can follow the link back to your blog and learn more about you. It’s also how you evaluate the source of comments, so by having an about page you give yourself some validity on the Internet as people know who you are and where you come from. Matt Kelsey has gone one step further and put his bio right on the front of his blog. There are a number of ways to do it and you can get pretty creative with how you displace the information.

So take some time to tell the world who you are…you’re producing some great content and people are going to want to know the person behind the content.

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.