Hi lovely COETAILers,
Not to freak you out but …
…the due date is looming. Everything is due on November 24th.
At this point you should have:
- Chosen your project/topic and checked it against the rubric
- Started to implement and reflect via blogging your project. This may lead some tweeking of your project, which is both more than okay and expected.
- Started to address the community engagement component of Course 5. Remember, community engagement does not have to directly relate to your project, but should be focused on developing your post-COETAIL PLN.
- Added and linked any blogs you have written on your grade sheet.
Other suggested ideas:
- Do some backward planning. You all know creating a video takes more than just a couple of hours. How much time do you want to be dedicated to the creation phase? And know that you will also be writing your final blog post and your community engagement post at the same time. (anyone else feel empathy for their students right now?)
- Get some feedback. Getting feedback from other people (COETAIL-friends, strangers on Twitter, people you work with, your kids!) will help you. And it will also give you something to reflect on when the time comes.
- There is no such thing as too many artifacts. Don’t forget to be documenting like crazy. Take pictures. Take quick videos of the kids. Do a feedback survey and keep that. You want as much evidence of learning as you can find
Also, those of you that are blogging may have noticed less feedback from me and Robert. We mentioned at the beginning of this course that this would happen. But if you really want feedback right away or have a question, do reach out. We know you can do this without us, but we are here to help you any way we can.
The amazing work so far
There are some fantastic projects going on in Course 5 that you might have missed as commenting is no longer required. I am, as always, blown away.
Some worth checking out:
- Magali‘s awesome Popup Makerspace in French class
- Joel’s super Travelling Tales.
- Wendy‘s library badges (she’s looking for some help if anyone has some ideas!)
- Chris has already started to reflect on how his online PLN has changed. And some cool things with Aviation Club Explorers
- Tanya is focusing on how she can influence the adult learners (aka teachers) at ISL
- Danelle has started an interesting project based learning experience that focuses on some problems people in her new home (Bahrain) face in terms of autoimmune diseases.
- Joy and Abby working on e-portfolios using SeeSaw and I’m interested to see how teachers at different schools find it.
- Lauren and Nadine are figuring out how to make work in a new school environment, though with Lauren focusing on using iPads for learning and Nadine looking at blogging as a place to document student growth.
- Shaza and Danieal are working together to thinking about blogging and inquiry at a PYP school
- Suzy’s written a gorgeous post that is nominally about makerspaces, but is really about how to slow down, consolidate our learning as practitioners, and give kids the time and space to explore.
- Trina is introducing GenZed Sayz – TEDTalks the RVIS Way- and discussing her role supporting teachers and students as they develop their public speaking skills.
- Megan has started a global book club using Creating Innovators as the first book. Check out the first meeting (which included Joy and Suzy) here.
- Rebecca is doing some amazing stuff with global collaboration in art class. And she also did an amazing job representing Coetail 5 with her fantastic Learning2 talk
Good luck with all of your work. You all are working hard, but I know it is having an impact on the people you work with and with the students you teach. As always, let us know how we can help.