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Online 9 Cohort Finishes Strong!

It was a busy 18 months but so proud of our Online 9 cohort participants who have completed COETAIL journey. Your learning and growth really shows through your Course 5 projects and through your blog posts for all five courses. I have to say it’s been a learning experience for me to be with you throughout the process. I’ve gained new perspectives and ideas through your experiences and reflections, expanded my own PLN, and have a whole new set of resources and examples to share with others. I know you all will continue your journeys in learning and growth and hope you might consider joining a future COETAIL 2 cohort or find some courses that meet your needs at Eduro Learning. No matter the direction you go from here, I encourage you to stay connected, continue to expand your PLN and find ways to build on what you’ve learned so far. I look forward to see where you go from here!


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Finishing up Course 5

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A reminder that the due date of December 2 for your Course 5 Project is a hard deadline as it needs to be ready for other participants to provide Peer Feedback the week of December 3 – 9.

For Course 5 you need to complete the following…

Blog Post #1: Intro to Final Project
Blog Post #2: In Process (Your Choice for Topic)
Blog Post #3: Community Engagement
Course 5 Project video embedded in > Blog Post #4: Reflection on Course 5 Project by December 2
December 3- 9 Peer Feedback provided on your final presentation (see Week 2/Grading tab)
December 9 Course Ends!

Final Project Video

You should have already been planning for your project video and we’ve provided the expectations and lots of resources in the “Understanding the Course 5 Final Project” and  “Creating Your Video” sections of our COETAIL blog. Please refer to these sections  but important points to keep in mind….

*The video should be 10 minutes long. If you submit a video longer than 10 minutes you’ll be asked to re-edit and re-submit it. Remember you’ll be able to include additional information in your blog post about your final project. 

*Your video should address the following questions…

  1. What were your goals for your lesson/project (Standards)?
  2. What tools did you use? Why did you choose this/these tools for this/these task(s)?
  3. How did you go about introducing your lesson/project?
  4. How did the students react? Include actual samples of student reflection (video, images, etc).
  5. What was the outcome? Did you meet your goals?
  6. Evidence of learning? Remember to include student evidence like video, images, reflections.
  7. What would you do differently next time? What did you learn? (Reflection)
  8. How do/did you plan to share this with your colleagues?
  9. What was your greatest learning in this course?
  10. Did this implementation meet the definition of Redefinition?

Your video must demonstrate your understandings from Course 3, including:

  • Presentation Zen – if incorporating slides in your video, you must demonstrate effective design & avoid reading what is on the screen.
  • Creative Commons images and media, properly cited
  • Telling a story

Here are suggestions for what to include and what to do

  • Samples of work
  • Explain the level of transformation and how you demonstrate it
  • At the end “If you want to try this, here’s what I’d recommend, here’s what I learned”
  • Student feedback about the project & their experience
  • Explanation of tools used and why
  • What creative type of presentation style can you use? (Like the TAS example was modeled after Common Craft and mirrored the style of the students’ projects)
  • Instead of saying everything you think you did “ok”, focus on the things you did really well and explain why
  • Highlight successful differentiation strategies
  • Identify the target audience for the students

Please review “Sharing Your Final Project” for details on how to share your video and how you’ll give and receive feedback on Course 5 project videos. I’ll do more reminders about this next week.

Almost There!

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns as you finish up your work for Course 5. I’m really looking forward to watching your videos and reading your posts and reflecting on the learning and growth that you’ve experienced in the last year and a half.

Course 4: Final Project

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Wow! It’s time to wrap up Course 4 and plan for Course 5 – although you’re going to get a well deserved break before we start Course 5 in September. You’ve got plenty to do so I’m going to keep this post short and to the point. Course 4 has been digging in deeper about the effective use of technology for teaching and learning and to get you thinking about what you might do for your Course 5 project (although you are not limited to a topic from Course 4!). As you put together your plan for Option 1 or some ideas you are considering for Option 2, please review the Course 4 Final Project expectations and rubric. Overall, make sure you’ve completed and linked in the following items in your grade sheet…

  • One blog post for each week of the course plus one blog post reflecting on your final project (6 posts)
  • A final project embedded into your last blog post for Course 4
  • One comment for each week of the course (for a total of 5 comments)
  • GET: Completed Trainer video & application (Note: If you have not completed these or any other components for the GET, please work on getting them done before we start Course 5 in September 2018)

All course work should be completed by April 29 and I will finish with assessment and feedback and notify you of your final grade by May 6.

I’ll email more about Course 5 later but for those who want to look ahead, you can look over the Course 5 Expectations.

Have a great week and I look forward to reading about all your ideas and plans for Course 5!

Week 6: Wrapping Up Course 3 on Visual Literacy

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this course on the topic of visual literacy. I keep going back to one of the Understandings that threads throughout this course: Design and layout of information influence effective communication. And you’ve all shared in various blog posts how this impacts how you present information to others and how we need to work with our students in understanding and applying this concept. And I hope you can carry this message to your fellow educators as well!

Progress Check
By the end of this week you should have

  • 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week. Try to keep them timely, not necessarily get them all done the first week.
  • 1 final project embedded into a final blog post for the course.

The course officially closes on March 4 and I will finish assessing posts and final projects so I can post grades by March 11. And then we’ll start Course 4 March 12 and be finished with it by the end of April! Then we have a break until September when we begin the final Course 5.

Final Project

The final projects for course 3 are always a lot of fun and there are plenty of options to fit individual interests. I know some of you have been already been sharing your ideas via your blog posts. And I’ve seen a lot of learning, self-reflection and application regarding visual literacy. I know my resources around visual literacy have grown from ones you have shared!


Week 6: Finishing Up Course 2 and 2017

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We’re into the final stretch of Course 2 (already!) and I’ve been really impressed with all the reflective and engaging and informative blog posts. This course covers some heavy, complex topics and you’ve all really shown how much you’ve gotten out of it. I’ve also loved seeing the interaction between all of you via the comments and even on Twitter.  I’m thinking about setting up some Google Hangouts after the New Year so we have some chats in real time.

I know you’ve already been working with your collaborative groups on your Course 2 Final Project. Please review the Understanding the Course 2 Final Project module to make sure you are clear about the option you’ve chosen and the rubric I will use to assess it. Week 6 ends on December 10 and I will have final grades done by December 17. As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns that come up!

Final Checklist for Course 2

  • 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to be trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and/or using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • 1 Final Project and accompanying blog post
  • Please continue to check for and approved all comments on your own blog and of course respond to them

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

I know I’m not alone in counting down the days to our Winter Break and will be heading to the US (Colorado) on December 15th for some family time. Course 3 officially starts January 22, 2018 so you’ll have an extended break from COETAIL before we finish off the school year with the majority of COETAIL courses completed! Again, thank you for all the effort and energy you put into Course 2 and best wishes for a relaxing, wonderful holiday season!


Week 6: Finishing Up Course 1

Week 6 is our final week of Course 1! This week is intended to give you time to catch up on any work you have missed and to complete your final project (the UBD unit planner and reflective blog post).

By the end of this week, you’ll officially be finished with Course 1 (as long as all your work is completed, of course). So, by October 22 you should have:

  • All 5 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • All 5 comments completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
  • Your final project embedded in a 6th blog post with a short reflection about what you chose to do, why, and how you think it will enhance teaching and learning.
  • Approved all comments on your own blog

Course 1 Final Project

Review the Course 1 Final Project guidelines and resources and remember the UBD Unit Template is provided as a resource for you, not a requirement. If you have a format that you prefer or that might be required by your school, please use it. We want this to be something practical and useful for you, not a hoop to jump through. Ideally, this should be a unit that you plan on implementing in the coming school year so that your can share how it goes with us in a later course. Please also review the Project Rubric that will be used to assess your final project.

Your final project must be publicly viewable and linked to your reflective blog post. You’ll follow the same format for the final project of each course. There is a video on this week’s module that shows how to embed your plan in your blog.

Of course, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me as soon as possible!

Thank you for your hard work!

Having lived and worked in Japan many years ago, one of the phrases I still find myself wanting to use at a time like this is  お疲れ様です (o-tsukaresama desu). One thing I love about learning about language and culture is we often find phrases that express things that we don’t quite have an equivalent to in our own native language. In this case, ‘good job!’ doesn’t quite cut it. And roughly translated, お疲れ様です (o-tsukaresama desu) means “I honor your fatigue”! I’ve been reflecting about when I was going through Course 1 and the excitement and the stress that I experienced in learning and sharing with an online cohort (a first for me) and balancing that with all the other things going on in my life. So I honor the time and energy you have been putting forth in this new endeavor with COETAIL!