Woohoo! You did it! Course 5 is complete and you are finished with the COETAIL program!
It’s hard to believe it’s already over, and how much you have all been able to accomplish in only a year and a half. Of course, we encourage you to continue your journey in whatever way feels right for you! Here are a few final announcements:
Amazing Course 5 Projects
Wow. Seriously. You guys blew us away. Your projects were outstanding in so many different ways. We wanted to highlight a few that were particularly amazing so you have the opportunity to watch them if you haven’t already. Of course, that doesn’t mean if your project isn’t highlighted that it wasn’t outstanding, these are just the ones we want to make sure to share!
Mark has captured his students talking about collaborative notetaking in class warts and all. I really enjoyed and appreciated the variety of their reasonings for doing (or not doing) notetaking in this way. His project is both student-centred and student-driven.
What I really love about Annie’s Course 5 project is that despite the challenges, she demonstrates a growth mindset and flexibility. Her students make cute appearances all through the video sharing their learning with us all. This project will definitely inspire you to try technology in a curriculum area that you may not think you can.
If you are wondering how to blog with students – especially in the Junior School, then you really need to watch Sonya’s Course 5 project! Even with a number of obstacles, often times, beyond her control, Sonya remained flexible and with her growth mindset, was able to work around those challenges. You’ll hear from both students and teachers and gain some really great tips that apply to anyone working with students/teachers and technology.
A very student-orientated Course 5 project! You’ll get to hear students talk about what they did in Colleen and Angela’s combined TourBuilder Unit. There’s great modelling of the tool and the task and what’s even cooler is that the students want to continue to learn in this way. A great example of how technology can be integrated in powerful ways.
Ann has done something “different” with the presentation of her Course 5 project (I don’t want to give too much away – but just so you know, I really enjoyed watching it!!). If you’re interested in a redesign of the core of IB – using blogs instead of an exercise book for TOK, then you really need to watch this one! What I really like about this project is that it is an awesome example of a student-centred, student-driven project that shows that the sharing of student work really reflects the power of blogging and how you can make it work for IB.
It’s quite obvious that I’m a big fan of blogging with students. Erika’s student-driven (through roles) Introduction of a Class Blog has digital citizenship deliberately and authentically entwined throughout. Her students explain what’s going on and it’s very powerful to see inside Erika’s classroom as the students work on their tasks. The enthusiasm of the student interviews in this video presentation is fabulous to see!
Becca did an outstanding job of not only sharing her learning from Course 5 (along with all of the other elements of this project like student feedback, student learning in action and student samples), but she also constructed her video in such an organized, clear and thoughtful way so that the viewer can really understand her entire process. Personally, I also always love to see examples of technology being integrated seamlessly into regular classroom routines like visible thinking routines. It’s a great way to see how technology can support good pedagogy without becoming a massive project.
Kara did an amazing job of both structuring this project for student success and letting it be completely student centered and student directed. For me, this project is an outstanding example of the importance of being structured and organized, but how you can make that experience all about the students. I loooove the very first few seconds of the video where her grade 5 students are in the computer lab and the noise level is out of control with their enthusiasm and energy about learning, but when you get closer you can hear that they’re so engaged and purposeful. For me, this is what a classroom should be. Thanks for bringing it to life so clearly in your video, Kara!
Kristy has done such a fantastic job of connecting hands on learning with visible thinking and technology in her kindergarten classroom. Kristy has so many great examples of her students learning in action, as well as their finished product. Her video is so well organized and thorough, including all of the elements required for the project in such an engaging and inspiring way. It’s always fantastic to see young learners using technology so purposefully, and for it to be so well integrated into the classroom environment, rather than an add-on.
I have to admit, I can’t stop talking about this project. It’s such a simple idea technologically speaking, but one that has such a far reaching impact, not just for PE but for so many other subject areas. Daena and David have worked together to use animated .gifs in PE (and David has worked with other subject area teachers along the same lines as well, so it’s not just great for PE, it’s great for lots of subjects), so that students are able to record very short, repeating, animated images of themselves demonstrating PE skills. The addition of an animated rubric for them to evaluate themselves takes this project to another level. I know this idea is going to spread!
I love this idea from Angela! I’ve used TourBuilder a number of times, but never in the way that Angela describes it here. She has her students delving deeply into the stories they are reading to create animated tours of either the actual story or a possible continued version of the story. The students are truly interacting with the characters of the story as they plan and map the path of their adventures right on Google Earth.
I am so appreciative of the fact that Carly took a risk and created a globally collaborative project for Course 5! I think we can all appreciate how hard it is to create a global project – and she did it from China with tons of restrictions on what kinds of tools she could use, in a very content heavy subject area as well. It’s great to see the value her students have placed on having that global interaction, as well as her ideas to continue to further the collaboration.
Outstanding Community Engagement Posts
We know this is a challenging task. Not only to take your COETAIL interactions to the next level to really be involved here in this community, or to create one of your own, but to then document it in a way that really represents your journey is not easy. However, we firmly believe that this is the most important learning in the entire COETAIL program: you creating your own PLN so that you can always be learning is what we want for you. Here are some great examples from your fellow COETAILers who are really walking the talk:
- Jenny Bates: Entering the Fray
- Lisa Barnhart: The one with the Community Engagement
- Andrea Coffey: Reach Out and Touch Someone (With Educational Insight)
- Kara Cole: Who Are My Peeps?
- Kristy Godbout: Share + Connect = Grow
- Deana Greig: #community engagement #coetail #pln
- Paul Swanson: Community Engagement Depth & Breadth
- Nicola Takizawa: Talking Heads
For me, I love how different and unique each of these posts are. They all tell the story of a teachers journey with developing a PLN, but we all go through that process in different ways. There is no right or wrong way, there is no one way, but we hope all of you end this course feeling like you can make those connections both for yourselves as learners as well as to support your students in their personal learning journey.
Well, this is pretty much the end for our cohort! Of course you will still have access to your blog and the COETAIL community, the Twitter hashtag, and the G+ group, so you won’t loose your COETAIL connection.
We absolutely encourage you to keep blogging on your COETAIL blog, to keep sharing in all of the awesome PLN spaces you have developed, and to keep challenging yourself to try new things. When something is awesome (or when you need a little help) don’t hesitate to get in touch!
An Opportunity in Bangkok in Feb 2015
For those of you that are in Asia, Chrissy and I will be running our first Eduro Learning Institute here at NIST in February. We hope you will join us! It’s going to be an awesome weekend of learning, connecting and pushing our COETAIL learning even further. Plus, we get to meet each other in person! Check out more details here.