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Course 4 Begins: What is Technology Integration?

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Course 4 Technology: A Catalyst for Learning

Is it Course 4 already?! As you read the description of this course you’ll notice it covers a variety of topics related to technology integration in teaching and learning which will help you start developing ideas for your Course 5 Project (Fall 2018).

Course description
Research based best practice for the embedded use of technology for learning will be shared and practiced. The focus will be on the habits that provide students with the ability to use technology for its greatest learning advantage. The best use of laptop computers, tablets, etc will be addressed as embedded tools to foster optimum learning of the curriculum. The optimal use of communication tools such as podcasts, blogs, social-networks, Google Docs, and videos will be addressed with tips for management and strategies to promote maximum learning in classroom.

But we must start with the Essential Questions in Week 1: What is technology integration and does it work? What is your definition?

It can seem like a simple question, but from my experience with COETAIL and as an eLearning/Ed Tech/Innovation/ICT coach over the past 6 years, there are a variety of perspectives on what ‘tech interaction’ is, who should integrate tech, when it should be integrated and how, and how we measure its effectiveness in teaching and learning. Many frameworks have been developed over the years regarding the integration of technology including SAMR, TPACK, TIM and more recently T3 Framework (which I first learned of from Sara’s Course 1 blog post here).

Which framework should we use? That is something for you to explore this week! I look forward to reading about your perspectives on ‘tech integration’ and what tools or frameworks you use for some self-assessment.

I’ll leave with a few additional resources you might like to explore…

Really? It’s My Job to Teach Technology? (Jeff Utecht)
Making It Work: Structuring Technology-Rich Learning (Kim Cofino)
Administrative Walk-Throughs in a Tech Rich Classroom (podcast episode with Jeff Utecht on Shifting Our Schools)
The Laptop Learning Curve  (podcast episode with Kim Cofino on Shifting Our Schools)
And because the title caught my attention (but content is very relevant!)… Peering Past the Pixie Dust of Technology (Jill Hobson)


Course 3 Is Here Already!

Happy New Year and Welcome back to COETAIL!

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I hope you were able to join your winter holiday and an extended break before we get back into COETAIL with Course 3 Visual Literacy: Effective Communicators and Creators.

I have to admit when I went through COETAIL this course really impacted how I visually communicated information to others (even emails!) and changed my expectations of what my students needed to learn about visual literacy (as both consumers and creators). With all the visual media out there and all the tools available for anyone to create and share their own media, this is a important topic to cover as an educator for ourselves and our students. And the focus of Week 1 is to do some learning about visual literacy and design and do some reflecting on your own design principles in relation to our main Understanding for this course “Design and layout (aesthetics) of information influence effective communication.”

Here’s a fun site to get you started for Week 1…
Bad Web Design: A Look At The Most Hilariously Terrible Websites From Around The Web

And another that provides some really useful guidance on design…
Clean Up Your Mess: A Visual Guide for Everyone

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I’ll be sharing some other resources over the next few weeks from some educators advocate a real need for this topic and the related skills to become an important focus for teachers and students (not just for the tech integrator or design teacher). I’m looking forward to seeing your how your views on this topic develop 🙂

On to Course 2

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Reflecting on Course 1

Course 2 kicks off today but I wanted to share all your hard work on your Course 1 final projects. I’ve added them all to a Padlet and hope you take some time a take a look at each others’ work. You might get some ideas for yourself or your colleagues. Again, thank you for all your efforts during Course 1 and I appreciate all the interactions that happened through commenting on blogs and even some exchanges on Twitter. The cohort aspect is a key element of the COETAIL experience and you’ve begun building a strong support system with our Online 9 group. And as I’ve already shared with some of you, this is a learning and growing experience for me as well and I appreciate all the feedback and communication you’ve shared with me. Now…on to Course 2!

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Course 2

I highly recommend you take some time to watch Jeff Utecht’s video in the Course 2 Overview. He not only gives a comprehensive overview of the course but also how it fits into the bigger picture of COETAIL and it’s goals.

In Course 2 we’ll explore topics of digital citizenship, digital footprints, privacy, copyright and plagiarism. I’ve found these are topics brought up regularly in schools and among teachers but are often talked ‘around’ with many educators and administrators not sure how to address these issues within the curriculum and the school culture in general. I’ll be interested to hear your idea and experiences in how these topics might be or are already being addressed in your school and/or classroom.

Additionally, your final project will involve collaboration with other cohort members and help you to continue to develop your learning network. Read more about the expectations and options in the Understanding the Course 2 Final Project module.

While your Course 1 projects and most posts, focused on the classroom, you should begin thinking about how you will leverage your learning as a trainer of your peers. Part of the Google for Education Trainer program is providing a series of trainings throughout the year (once your become a certified). It will be important to look at the information through the lenses of both a teacher and a trainer. There will be reminders throughout the course to support you in developing this.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns or need clarification with anything along the way. I look forward to more learning and sharing… and collaboration as we make our way through Course 2.

Week 1: Getting Connected

Several of you have been asking for links to all the blogs for our cohort so you can start reading and leaving comments. I have most of them and will update the list as soon as I can. I’ve put them together for you a couple of different ways just for fun and to share a little bit of what you can do with Google. I will also share the document in our Google folder for your reference. Please add these blogs to your RSS reader for easy reference as well.

If you do not see your information in the list, please let me know so I can add your information as soon as possible so you can start connecting and sharing with our cohort members!

Online 9 Cohort Blog Links

My Maps: Online 9 Participants

Week 1: Setting Up and Getting Started

Here we go! This week is mostly about getting you set up and running for our COETAIL cohort. I know it’s been a bit hectic and there have been stops and starts but just like getting ready for a new school year (which we’ve all been experiencing as well), it’s important to get these things in place for our learning and sharing to be possible for the rest of the course.

Here’s a checklist of what should be done by the end of Week 1.

  • Set up COETAIL blog
  • Set up and share your Grade Sheet with me
  • Completed the blog link survey
  • Set up your RSS Reader
  • Written your Reflective blog post (See Week 1: Getting Connected)
  • Let me know if you will be completing COETAIL with Google for Education Certified Trainer option (GET). Here is a blog post that explains the requirements COETAILers Current & Graduates requirements for receiving GET

Weekly Routine

In COETAIL, our courses are organized by weeks so it’s important to start working out a routine that works for you. You may set aside one day to do your reading and another to do your writing, or decided to do it little by little throughout the week. Whatever works for you is great. Just make sure you include the following in your routine:

  • Check your RSS Reader
  • Check in with the My Courses tab to see if something is new.
    • Especially the GET tab as we’re constantly updating that portion of the course
  • Complete the weekly readings.
  • Write a weekly blog post.
  • Write a weekly comment.
    • At least one that you’ll record on the spreadsheet, but the more you engage with each other the stronger the experience becomes
  • Document your work on your Grading Spreadsheet (links to blog post and comment) for assessment and feedback

Please make sure that as you are posting your blogs and commenting, you are also updating your spreadsheets. That’s how I know that you are ready for assessment and feedback. I’ve set up notifications on your spreadsheets to notify me when you make additions and edits. I recommend you do the same so you know when I’ve added comments. (in spreadsheet Tools > Notification rules).

If you ever have questions about assessment and/or feedback on your Grade Sheet, please feel free to let me know – you can e-mail me or even leave a comment on your gradesheet, whatever you feel comfortable with.

A few thoughts about writing blog posts…

You’ll submit your first post this week based on your readings and the process of getting set up for the course. If you’re new to blogging don’t worry. It will get easier. Try to find your own voice and style as you write. Remember, in most cases, the writing prompts are suggested topics for getting you started. You don’t have to respond exactly to the prompt. If you have an idea or connection that came to you based on the week’s readings, go for it. This is about you and your learning experience!

My Responsibilities

As your COETAIL instructor, my role is to support and guide you through this learning experience through feedback and assessment and communication.

Feedback and Assessment

As your instructor I will assess your assignments including blog posts, comments, projects and final grade and also leave formative and summative feedback. The majority of the feedback will take place on your grading spreadsheet.

More information about Assessment and Feedback
Orientation: Week 4: What can you expect in terms of assessment & feedback from the instructors?  


I will communicate frequently with you regarding anything that will affect the course via emails and our cohort blog. I will also let you know when I will be unavailable for timely responses (i.e. when I am at a conference, on break).

A few more thoughts…


I appreciate the commitment you are making by choosing to do COETAIL and having been through the program myself, I know that it requires time and energy. I realize that you are all busy with families and work and life in general as well and that things will come up that throw you off a bit. Please make sure you communicate with me if that happens or you are feeling overwhelmed, and I’ll work with you.

Our Cohort Blog

I’ll post here at least once a week with highlights from your posts, thoughts on the coming week and any tips or instructions you might need. I’m looking forward to reading your posts, hearing your perspectives and getting to know you. This is going to be a fantastic learning adventure for us all!

….And we’re off!